December 3rd, 2013 Announcements

Course Access Manager

The “LearnDash Plus” integration has been re-branded as Course Access Manager. The functionality is still the same, only the name has changed.

With the end of the year quickly approaching, we have been working to close out some loose ends with LearnDash, and add a couple of useful features. At the same time, we are planning the new functionality for the beginning of 2014.

We are excited about what’s to come, and we want to thank you for your continued support and dedication to LearnDash’s development.

That said, although we are busy with our last update of the year, we wanted to give you access to a nifty little tool that will give you some more options with your WordPress LMS.

About The Integration

Some of you may have seen reference to this in the forums, and others may even have been part of the beta program. Today we are happy to give you access to the latest integration for LearnDash, Course Access Manager.

What It Is

In a sentence, this integration allows you to create and sell simple access levels, and assign them to one or more courses.  You can also protect other (non-LearnDash) pages on your site.


Course Access Manager is installed in addition to LearnDash. Once installed, you will notice a new menu item in your Administration panel titled “Course Access Manager”.

What It Is Not

Course Access Manager is not a replacement for robust membership plugins.

Instead, it is meant to provide you some additional basic membership-like features in conjunction with the core LearnDash plugin. If you are in need of more advanced membership features and reporting, then you should use the PaidMembershipsPro integration.

Of course, using Course Access Manager is completely optional as the core LearnDash plugin provides organic course protection, but read-on for a list of added functionality it can provide you!

The Features

The core features of Course Access Manager are simple, yet can provide you with tremendous leverage for your learning management system. Some of the more prominent features include:

  • Create free and paid access levels
  • Sell levels with built-in PayPal functionality
  • Protect both LearnDash related items and regular posts/pages
  • Use shortcodes to place the “JOIN” button or Purchase button anywhere on your site
  • Charge a one-time fee or on a recurring basis
  • Sell your access levels using the JigoShop integration
  • Auto-upgrade users to different access levels after a certain number of days


In the end, we want to provide you with as many options as possible with your learning management system. If you just need some basic membership capabilities, Course Access Manager is a great way to get up-and-running quickly.

You can download Course Access Manager from the support site.

What’s Next?

Presently, we are working to clean-up a few items in LearnDash so that we can hit the ground running in 2014. You can expect at least one-more core plugin update from us before the end of the year.

As always, we want to thank you again for choosing LearnDash. We appreciate your faith in our offering, and we promise to continue enhancing it with regular updates and integrations.

Until next time!

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About Justin Ferriman

Justin Ferriman started LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Justin's Homepage | Twitter


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Great work Justin! Delighted to see a feature like this, now I may be able to create multi level courses and various price points for prospective students. Thanks.

Avatar Pete

Thank you, Justin! Fantastic! This can provide an easy workaround for demos/trials.

Avatar Elena

Great to hear Elena, thanks!

Hi Justin,
It’s a pleasure so see LearnDash evolutions ! And I can easily say theese evolutions arrive more quickly than with an other plugin I use, and your new ideas are greatest !
Best Regards,

Thank you for the kind words Luc, I am happy to hear that you have been enjoying your experience so far with LearnDash.

Your service is very impressive! Reasonable pricing, quality products, on-going improvements and updates, and fantastic communication with customers! I’m very pleased to have discovered your service!

Avatar Jim Lockwood

Another day in paradise .. 🙂

Thanks Justin! Any updates on the LD icon?

Avatar Leo

Hi Leo, not at the moment, but I’ll be sure it makes it into an update real soon!

Keep Up the good work. It’s amazing to see just how far you have come in such a short time! Invite codes…invite codes… [hint]


Hi Justin,

Is is possible to sell access levels using Woocommerce?

Avatar Xuan Ngoc

Hi Xuan-
Thanks for the note – currently access levels can only be sold with the built-in PayPal feature, or with JigoShop.


Thanks for the new integration, I’m trying to add new levelsI managed to but if I wanted to add access denied to the levels what options should I enter?

Please write them down..

Dana H. Al-Kanaan

Hi Dana-
Thanks for the note, would be happy to help! Please submit your inquiry to and someone will assist you shortly.

Hey Justin! Just wondering. I noticed that though you passed me WooComerce’s integration plugin sometime ago, it’s still not featured on your site. Would you be able to put it up? 🙂 Appreciate your good work

Avatar Leo

How far away is the ability to sell memberships using woo commerce subscriptions with learn dash ++. I used your learndssh integration with paid membership pro but if you use the payment gateway for memberships through paid membership pro woo commerce no longer works to use as a shopping cart for individual courses. If it is a small job to create this plugin I would be interested in paying for it to be developed. Let me know. Thanks.

Hi Heath-
Thanks for the note. That is correct PaidMembershipsPro and any other membership component are not compatible when both activated. Feel free to send us more details from the support site on what it is you are trying to set-up and we can discuss possible ways forward:

Since WooCommerce Memberships & Subscriptions are extensions of WooCommerce, it seems that they should work with LearnDash since you can use WooCommerce as a payment gateway. I haven’t tested it yet, but I plan to soon.

If anyone has tried this, please let me know.


Avatar Ellen Martin

Hey there,

Is there a way to turn off the emails that are sent when you manually change the access level of a user in the WordPress admin? They receive an email when they are added as a new user and then they receive another email when their access level is changed. I want to eliminate the second email. Let me know if this is possible.


Avatar Christine

Hi Christine-
Thanks for the note. Not currently, feel free to suggest this feature on the support site.

I have downloaded the Course Access Manager.Now How do i integrate it with my existing learndash.

Avatar vineeta

Happy to help – please open a ticket with the support desk.

its not updating user access level when payment complete, can you give some guide ,using shortcode for paypal payment button . thanks

Avatar Shahid

Thanks for the note. Happy to help, make sure to officially submit your support request so that it can be added to the queue.

Hi Team,
I have one question regarding course access manager plugin addon .
Actually I am selling course easily with paypal but once successful payment via paypal I did not see any transaction in course access manager >> transaction so can you please let me know why this happening

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