Online Learning Management: SCORM VS. AICC


Choosing how to organize your organization’s learning program requires research that often involves technical jargon and an understanding of many complex, moving parts. 

When it comes to content management, two of those terms are SCORM and AICC, and this blog will help clarify what they are, and the differences between them. 

Let’s start by discussing SCORM- Shareable Content Object Reference Model.

This is the most commonly used way of constructing a Learning Management System in the industry today. It was developed for the Department of Defense and released in 2001. Since then multiple versions have been released, the latest being in 2004, making it impressively ancient per tech industry standards.

There are 4 Major things SCORM is designed to do:

  • Deliver and Manage learning content

  • Create a Content Library

  • Create Reusable content, designed to be repurposed across departments, for example marketing or Recruiting materials

  • Design Content focused on tracking employee performance


AICC-Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee developed a model based on HACP, a communication protocol developed to enable content to work with an LMS.

As the name suggests, this method was developed for the Aviation industry and released it 1993, although it is not limited to use in aviation. The AICC created 9 Guidelines and Regulations (AGR’s) that define whether content is AICC compliant, and able to work with the hosted LMS.

AICC is designed to:

  • Host and Deliver Learning Content

  • Provide a secure transfer of information on seperate server

  • Work with all major content authoring tools

It is worth noting that SCORM uses Javascript to transfer information, which can be less secure and make cheating on courses more plausible.

Both models will work with most content creation tools, the way to look at SCORM and AICC, is to consider it like a language between the LMS and the content. SCORM is simply a different language than AICC, and both communicate well as long as the other side speaks the same language!



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