The members of the network agree to work together to establish a set of "core lectures" and "laboratory exercises" in imaging that will be made available to all network participants and can be freely used as part of a formal undergraduate/graduate course structure. Participation in providing these lectures and labs is voluntary as is their use in courses offered at each institution.

The members of the network agree to establish a uniform set of training expectations for microscope users—defining "novice," "experienced," and "expert" users. The goal is to allow "drivers tests" for a given make and model instrument to be performed at one site and be valid for access to the same instrumentation at all sites. (This does not replace any site-specific safety requirements and training that may be required to enter laboratories and perform work.) This agreement acknowledges that even expert users sometimes make mistakes and that no institution will hold another liable for mistakes that cause damage to instruments.