Membership in COMMON is open to all students, individuals, and organizations interested in business computing using IBM Power Systems and other platforms. Our goal is to help you enhance your career. We do this by offering education, networking, and other developmental opportunities that support your goals.

Benefits include:

  • Free admission to webcasts, virtual conferences, and other online learning opportunities
  • Discounts on in-person events such as the Annual Meeting and the Fall Conference
  • Exclusive access to the online member directory and archived educational content
  • Reduced rates to attain professional certifications

Take a look around this website to learn more about what COMMON has to offer.

Membership Options

Student Membership – Complimentary

Available to students currently enrolled in a degree-granting educational program, COMMON membership provides a way to prepare for the working world by gaining knowledge, experience, and networking contacts.

Individual $175/year

For less than $15 per month, individuals can grow their knowledge and skills by participating in everything that COMMON has to offer. These learning opportunities can lead to career recognition and advancement.

Local Users Group $495/year

Established Local Users Groups can provide COMMON membership to their members with this option.

Corporate $595/year

If your organization has four or more employees that would like to join, this is the option to choose. One annual rate provides membership benefits to all, providing training opportunities that might otherwise not be available. The knowledge employees gain by participating in COMMON events can be leveraged to solve expensive, critical issues or make systems more efficient. This more than pays for membership.

All memberships are valid January 1 to December 31 and are non-transferrable. Please contact the Membership Department with questions: 800.777.6734, 312.279.0192, or