Level Up Your IAM Skills in 2024: Building a Secure Future Together 

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By Jean Chorazyczewski - InCommon Academy Director

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

As we step into a new year, it’s a time for growth and new opportunities. Like getting fit or organized with the turn of the calendar, your commitment to leveling up your identity and access management (IAM) skills can truly transform your professional journey.

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At InCommon Academy, we’ve witnessed the remarkable journeys of numerous IT professionals who set out to master InCommon’s Trusted Access Platform (TAP) software components with training on Shibboleth, Grouper, midPoint, and COmanage. Their feedback speaks volumes about their skills gained and the benefits InCommon Academy Software Training offers:

A practical learning approach. “The hands-on experience was useful in understanding how the parts fit together.” 

Expert guidance to elevate the learning journey. Having someone familiar with the product running the course…was helpful. Many of the questions we had were hyper-specific to unique cases and having [their] knowledge on-hand was very helpful.”

Mentors who guide you through a journey of discovery and mastery. “The facilitators were extremely knowledgeable and helpful when people had questions or needed assistance.”

Just like sticking to any commitment, learning these essential IAM components requires dedication and are like the equivalent of a structured fitness regime – challenging, yet immensely rewarding.

As we look ahead to 2024, we are pleased to offer TAP training courses that will enhance skills and shape the IAM landscape within institutions, strengthening security postures and fostering efficient access management protocols. You will get hands-on, practical learning experiences designed to equip you with the skills needed to install, configure, and begin using these components at your institution.

Ready to level up your IAM skills on these essential TAP components? 

Join our upcoming courses developed by the software developers and implementers and become part of a thriving community shaping the future of access management. 

InCommon Academy Training Courses | Spring 2024

Each of our virtual courses covers installing, configuring, and getting started. These training sessions are a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning, ensuring you get the engagement, hands-on experience, and expert help you need.

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Shibboleth Software Training

Dates: February 12 – 16, 2024

(Early Bird Rates end January 19)

Dive into the world of Shibboleth Service and Identity Providers. Get hands-on training and gain expertise in deploying, configuring, and managing Shibboleth software. Explore containers, DevOps strategies, and modernize your operations while receiving personalized guidance from experienced trainers. You’ll also learn how to integrate seamlessly with InCommon Federation using recommended defaults. Plus, see a demo of the Metadata Configuration Manager [formerly Shib IdP UI).


  • Paul Riddle, Senior Middleware Architect | University of Maryland – Baltimore County
  • Paul Caskey, IAM Architect | Internet2

Grouper Software Training

Dates: March 12 – 15, 2024

Unlock the power of access control models with our comprehensive Grouper training. Join us virtually for four intensive half-day sessions and learn Grouper basics, advanced features, access governance, security models, and administration. Gain hands-on experience with Docker container versions, connect with our Grouper developers/instructors, and learn to implement robust access governance strategies. Self-paced study required before the first day of the training.


  • Chris Hyzer, Application Architect | University of Pennsylvania
  • Chad Redman, IAM Consultant | Unicon

COmanage Registry

Dates: March 26 – 27, 2024

This hands-on virtual workshop provides a conceptual understanding of COmanage and the technical know-how to get up and running. Using the InCommon Trusted Access Platform packaged version, you will learn how to model your organization or collaboration and set up enrollment flows to meet your identity management objectives.

COmanage Match

Dates: March 28, 2024

This virtual workshop will get you started with COmanage Match. This cross-system matching engine provides a heuristic-based system for matching identity and other records across multiple authoritative systems of record.


  • Laura Paglione, Partner | SCG
  • Shayna Atkinson, Partner | SCG

midPoint First Steps Software Training

Dates: April 9-12, 2024

Enter the identity management and governance world by taking first steps with midPoint. This virtual course is designed for identity management architects, system engineers, and deployment partners. The course aims to build an extensible IdM foundation with basic synchronization and provisioning. Participants will gain a solid understanding of midPoint’s basics and use it to integrate first source and target systems safely in iterations, using Evolveum’s “First Steps Methodology.”


  • Ivan Noris, Expert Identity Engineer | Evolveum
  • Ethan Kromhout, Interim Asst. Vice Chancellor | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Keith Hazelton, Consultant | Internet2

As one participant shared, “The training provided the foundation to build upon.” It’s time to build upon that foundation and grow your skills for your IAM journey.

For more details, see incommon.org/academy or email training@incommon.org