Best For

Organizations providing employee training, external training, or both, including e-commerce. We work for organizations with a few hundred learners right through to hundreds of thousands of learners.

Product Details

PCMag's Editors' Choice for Best LMS, Absorb LMS is the choice of industry leaders and disruptors. Use Absorb to train internal employees, external customers and partners, or both! Scalable pricing and technology whether you have 100 or 100,000+ users. Absorb has a modern custom branded learner interface that works on any device, includes full e-commerce, and supports xAPI, SCORM, and AICC. Intuitive, elegant & agile - Absorb LMS is a game-changer for admins and users. Ask for a demo today.

Contact Details

Absorb

http://www.absorblms.com/

Founded in 2002

Located in Canada

Branded Learner Interface
Branded Learner Interface
Admin Course Assembly
Rich Course Detail Pages

Starting Price

  • Not provided by vendor

Free Trial

Platform

  • Installed - Mac
  • Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Installed - Windows
  • Mobile - iOS Native
  • Mobile - Android Native

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Support

  • 24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Business Hours
  • Online

Absorb LMS Features

Academic/Education
Asynchronous Learning
Blended Learning
Built-in Course Authoring
Corporate/Business
Gamification
Learner Portal
Mobile Learning
SCORM Compliance
Synchronous Learning
Video Conferencing
eCommerce
eLearning Companies
Academic / Education
Asynchronous Learning
Blended Learning
Built-In Course Authoring
Certification Management
Content Management
Corporate / Business
Employee Training
Engagement Monitoring
Gamification
Media Management
Skills Tracking
Social Learning
Student Portal
Synchronous Learning
Testing / Assessments
Training Companies
Video Conferencing
Virtual Classroom
eCommerce
Document Management
E-Verify/I-9 Forms
Electronic Forms
Electronic Signature
Employee Handbook
Job Description Management
Orientation Workflow Management
Self Service Portal
Task Management
Training Management
Academic/Education
Asynchronous Learning
Blended Learning
Built-in Course Authoring
Built-in LMS
Certification Management
Corporate/Business
Learner Portal
Mobile Learning
Simulation
Synchronous Learning
Training Companies
eCommerce

Absorb LMS Reviews

Showing 5 of 157 reviews
Overall
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.4/5
Customer Service
4.4/5
Cecilia W.
Product Manager, Marketing
Telecommunications, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Source: GetApp
August 11, 2015

“Absorb is the perfect LMS!”

OverallAbsorb is so powerful and easy to use. The company itself is great to work with. Their customer service staff is so nice and friendly, and the project manager and account manager I worked with helped me every step of the way. The interface is gorgeous and importing your learners is a snap. I love that Absorb has built-in quizzes that I can create in seconds. I also love that I was able to work with Absorb's designers to customize the branding for our company. Creating certification programs and badges was easy. You can upload or link to practically any type of media. Customized reports can quickly be generated. Grouping learners into categories to deploy specific training is also painless. You can create contest, polls and gamify the learning experience. Ultimately, Absorb is fast, easy, gorgeous and even if you're a staff of one or two (like me) you can easily manage hundreds of learners and dozens of online courses. I love Absorb!
ProsFantastic customer support Easy to use design Quick import of new learners Easily upload any type of multimedia Customizable interface for branding Out of the box solution at a reasonable price point No extra IT or web developer support required
ConsIt would be great to: - Quickly switch between Admin and Learner to see a course - Create a "test" user who can take courses over and over again just to test functionality without having to enroll, un-enroll and then re-enroll - Show and disable the contest feature (without having customer support perform this function)
Source: GetApp
August 11, 2015
Allison P.
VP of L&D Solutions
E-Learning, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 24, 2019

“Unexpected Limitations”

OverallOverall it's ok. Again we were really disappointed about the department/sub-department functionality. So if you are using Absorb for multiple clients not just internally then beware. It is definitely easier to see how many users we have in the system, who has taken what courses, our popular courses, and course evaluation scores which for us are all important KPI's. overall great value for the price.
ProsAbsorb is really easy to use and navigate. We purchased it for the ability to have "department" or sub-companies. We provide training materials and the platform to our clients so having a multi-tenant LMS was critical. I love the ability to customize colors and layout for various clients. The onboarding process was pretty smooth and the staff is attentive.
ConsMy biggest disappointment was that that the multi-tenancy or segregating by departments did not function as we expected causing us to have to adjust our offering and prices for clients. When assigning courses you can only assign to a whole or sub-department, you can exclude. So if 99 customers get the library and one doesn't, you have to allow 99 clients instead of just restricting one. When restricting departments they can manage only the users and courses within their department. However, this does not apply to the mercury module, Global Resources, Competencies, Categories, Message Templates, Ecommerce, and Public Catalogs. So we had to disable access to department admins for these features otherwise they would see other departments (clients) information which is terrible!!!! So instead we have to manage all of these features for our clients. So every time they want a billboard changed we have to do it for example. It puts a lot more management on our behalf that we weren't expecting. other little things we don't like are: -no course number field -can't control the order modules are consumed ina chapter only the order of the chapters. -can't change the reports on the dashboard or re-order it -resources don't have a thumbnail- makes them look empty/incomplete -no place for text on the home dashboard. -roles are not department-specific -can't change password expiry beyond 7 days -task functionality is way too basic -no ability to integrate tasks or due dates with calendars
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 24, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 5, 2019

“Solid LMS for growing companies”

OverallIt's been very positive. Our learning courses have been widely used by our customers and the UX is so much easier for them to use and our reporting and updates are now automatic!
ProsGreat ability to deliver bespoke courses to customers and internal staff. Easy to use and deliver amazing interactive learning experiences.
ConsA few kinks in the setup process but once those are ironed out we should be very happy. Sometimes a little slow but nothing too frustrating.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 5, 2019
Justin H.
Instructional Designer
E-Learning, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: I used a free trial
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
October 22, 2019

“Absorb LMS”

ProsCompared to other similar learning management systems, absorb has one of the best user interfaces and visual appeal. Great level of customization for various needs or contexts.
ConsThe biggest issue is cost - it just wasn't viable for my smaller organization in the long run compared to other alternatives.
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
October 22, 2019
Christine C.
Elearning Developer
Hospital & Health Care, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
2/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
1/5
Features
2/5
Value for Money
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
3/10
Source: Capterra
March 25, 2017

“simple to use, but QA poor and support prioritized by popularity votes on their customer forum site”

Overallhad it for 3 years. our requirements were basic - no hr integration, no e-commerce, short term users, few courses. yet when we were faced with their sudden requirement for us to move/"upgrade" to their new system that contained functional and design continuity problems from the system version we were using, we were told that our problems would not be fixed due to the fact that not enough other customers had "voted" for the same issues to be fixed. that was a dealbreaker. :(
Proseasy startup, easy to use (provided everything is working properly)
ConsSoftware is AS-IS product. Difficulty getting help with system problems - first tool for them is interpersonal pleasantry, and email with article links to something that may or may not be addressing the reported problem. If there is not an easy out-of-the box solution (addressed by the link they send you by email), it will take many interactions and possibly a video screener of your problem before your issue is investigated. Individual learner issues are typically not investigated.
Source: Capterra
March 25, 2017