How Much Does an LMS Cost?


Many people are considering implementing or switching to an e-learning system, but are unsure which one to choose because there are so many to choose from.

In recent years, many e-learning systems have appeared on the market, with a variety of features and fee structures. When comparing and examining the various services, the cost is of particular concern.

In this issue, we will discuss the most important thing for HR and training personnel to know about e-learning system prices. We hope you will find this information useful in selecting an e-learning system.


Types and Costs of E-Learning Systems


E-learning systems vary widely in terms of the types they offer and their fee systems. Let's take a look at the different types of e-learning systems and their costs.

Types of e-Learning Systems

There are two main types of e-learning systems: the "on-premise" type, which is built on the company's own servers, and the "cloud" type, which utilizes a system built on a service provider's server. The cost of developing and building an on-premise system is said to be in the millions of yen range, and the cloud computing type is now becoming the mainstream.

E-Learning System Pricing

Let's take a look at the cost of cloud-based e-learning systems.

First, there is the initial cost, which often ranges from 0 yen to 200,000 yen. Recently, many services with an initial cost of 0 yen have appeared, and this is a point to consider when making comparisons.

In most cases, the cost of e-learning systems is based on a monthly or annual fee structure, depending on the service offered by each company and the number of users.

For example, the volume zone seems to be around 30,000 yen to 60,000 yen per month for up to 100 users, and around 50,000 yen to 80,000 yen per month for 200 users. Calculated on a per-user basis, that would be 250 yen to 600 yen per month.

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What are the key points for comparing e-learning systems?


While cost is important when comparing eLearning systems, there are several other points to keep in mind. Let's review them in turn.


Depending on the purpose of introduction, if you want to use it for training newcomers, you will need a function that allows progress management and communication functions such as chat for easy questioning.

If you want to use the system for compliance training, etc., you should also check whether it has a notification e-mail function or a survey function.

By clarifying the purpose of implementation, let's identify what functions are necessary for your company.


If the operation is complicated or difficult to understand, it will be a burden to both users and administrators, and may cause a decrease in motivation. It is also important to ensure that the system is multi-device compatible so that it can be used on tablets and smartphones.

Selecting a system that is easy to operate and easy to use, even for those who are not IT literate, will lower the hurdles to implementing an e-learning system.

Support System

It is very important to make sure that you will receive sufficient support when you have any questions or problems, from installation to operation. It is also important to confirm what support items are included in the support package and how it is provided, such as by phone or e-mail.

Introduction Results

You may also refer to the "number of companies using the system" or "number of users" announced by each company as one of the indicators for comparison.

In some cases, actual case studies are introduced, making it easier to find the best service for your company by referring to examples of companies in the same industry as yours or companies with similar issues.

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Cloud-based eLearning Price Comparison


Now that we have reviewed the points for comparing e-learning services, we will introduce the types and detailed costs of cloud-based e-learning services, which are currently the mainstream. We recommend that you compare the various types of e-learning services and choose the one that best suits your company.

Types of e-Learning Services

Within cloud-based e-learning, the services can be divided into two main categories.
There are two types of LMS: a subscription type, where you pay a monthly fee to use pre-prepared training content, and a type that provides only the LMS platform and uses your own original teaching materials.

The subscriber type costs around 500 yen to 1,500 yen per user, while the LMS platform-only type costs around 200 yen to 600 yen per user.

Rate comparison of 5 popular companies

Here, we will compare the prices of actual e-learning system providers. Each company has different areas of expertise, so please use this as a reference to determine the best service for your company.


*For Standard Plan users (annual contract)

Company A and Company B are subscriber types, while Company C and Company D are LMS platform-only types.

EC functions are functions for selling and managing learning content created within an e-learning system.

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If you want to try out an e-learning system, I recommend learningBOX.


In this section, we will introduce the fees for our e-learning system, learningBOX, which we are often asked about in practice.

LearningBOX offers six pricing plans for regular licenses. The least expensive plan, the Standard Plan, costs 33,000 yen per year for 100 accounts (27.5 yen per user). The popular Standard Plan costs 99,000 yen per year for 100 accounts (82.5 yen per user).

Try the same features as paid plans for free Free Plan(up to 10 accounts, no time limit, excluding paid optional features) is also available.

For more information on fee plans, please contact here.

In addition, LearningBOX's content distribution service, "learningBOX ONIn the "Training" section, corporate training content (e.g., harassment training, compliance training) supervised by experts is available. Free content is also available, reducing the cost and effort of creating educational materials.

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Fees | e-learning system learningBOX

The following is a list of prices for learningBOX, an e-learning system. Even if you use 100 accounts, this learning management system is available from 33,000 yen per year (tax included). The contents and fees for each plan and paid options are described.

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Because there are so many different types of e-learning systems, it is important to consider all perspectives, not just cost, when comparing the services of different companies.

It is advisable to clarify the purpose of introducing the system to your company and compare specific e-learning systems, taking into consideration the features of each company, along with points such as what specific functions are needed, whether you need pre-existing contents for teaching materials, and the cost.

We hope you will find this article helpful in selecting the best service for your company.

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