Certification means that Ace has a reasonable certainty you have the knowledge to use the tool without hurting yourself or breaking the tool. We go about those two ways;
One we provide education where class attendees leaving with the information they need
Two with experienced tool users we complete a knowledge check (test) and then education on the idiosyncrasies of our tool and space set up. To qualify for this type of certification users must:
Have previous past experience using the same or comparable tool
Pass a knowledge check validating their knowledge
How to get certified
We have several tools that require certification before use. See the complete list below. You get certified by attending a Core Competency and Certification Class. These are great for beginners or those needing a refresher. There are a wide variety of affordable options. All upcoming classes can be found on the ACE public calendar.
Please note. We used to have a test-out program for experienced users. We no longer offer this option. It was unsustainable with our tiny staff. We tried with volunteers but the volunteer base and availability were too erratic… folks would move or become unavailable right after we got them trained up. We do admit we have a high standard for our instructors, volunteer or paid. That standard includes being able to teach in inclusive and equitable ways to both beginners and experts. We offer a lot of support for instructors of all kinds to gain skills that are directly applicable to many life situations including traditional careers.
How to see certifications
Seeing certification requires that both the person looking it up and the person you are looking up have active ACE membership accounts and can login to the website.
Click through to the individual user and certifications are listed.
When accounts are updated
Certifications are entered onto Ace Accounts by the team within 1-3 days, Tuesday through Friday. Folks will receive an email confirmation of your certifications from [email protected] when accounts are updated. This process is not automated.
Non-member tool certifications
Often, prospective members will become certified. Ace Makerspace keeps a digital record of non-member certifications! Guests getting certified should have set up a free Guest Account and your certifications can be recorded there for later use when membership is added.
How to report issues with your member certifications on file
Adding certifications to member accounts is not an automated process. A human being does it and sometimes humans make typos or don’t hit save.