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Workshops, Training and Certification

ECAT offers Access Members an extensive training program in multi-media production. A free Orientation session is required for Members prior to enrolling in any of ECAT classes. Class schedules are posted on the ECAT website, on the scheduling calendar in the facility and in the local paper. Schedule brochures and special flyers are available at ECAT. Workshops are conducted on an on-going basis and new schedules are announced quarterly.

Access Members may enroll in any workshop for which they have satisfied the prerequisites;  Classes for groups can be arranged on an ad hoc basis. A minimum number of participants is required for each class to be held as scheduled.

Note: ECAT encourages Members to make proposals to teach classes that are not currently offered.

A. Class Fees

Class slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, upon payment being received by ECAT. Access Members may arrange to do volunteer work in lieu of paying class fees (See C. Volunteer Opportunities). Class fees will be held until the class convenes and are refundable if ECAT cancels the class, or if a Member notifies ECAT of inability to attend by 10 AM the day of the first session.  If a class is full, Members may ask to be put on a waiting list.

B. Attendance

Members are expected to notify ECAT no later than 10AM of the day of the class by leaving a message in the general voice mailbox if they are not able to attend the class. Those who fail to provide such notification will forfeit the class fee.

D. Volunteer Opportunities

Access Members may offer to volunteer in lieu of paying class fees; volunteer hours must be completed prior to the beginning of the class. Just as with all cancellations of class attendance, Members canceling by 10AM the day of the class will be credited for their volunteer hours. Members who do not cancel and do not show up for a class will forfeit those volunteer hours.

E. Cancellation of Classes by ECAT

There is a posted minimum enrollment required for each class. If the minimum is not met, ECAT may cancel the class. Further, ECAT reserves the right to cancel classes at any time due to instructor illness, absent students, or at the reasonable request of the instructor.

F. Certification

Access Members may be certified to use facilities, check out equipment, and take advanced classes by successfully completing the appropriate workshops:

  1. Beginning Studio, Field, and Edit Equipment Certification: Access Members must attend all sessions of a certification course, complete required hands-on and written tests, as well as meet the standards set by ECAT staff and instructor.

  2. Intermediate and Advanced Classes Certification: Access Members who have completed the required pre-requisites may enroll in Intermediate and Advanced certification classes.

  3. Testing Out of Certification Classes: Experienced producers may be certified and by- pass classes in studio, field production, and editing by passing a written test and a hands-on demonstration of equipment skills. Access Members cannot test out of classes for technical directing and engineering. For specific equipment, ECAT may require further demonstration of proficiency.

G. Recertification
Annual re-certification of community producers will automatically take place with renewal of membership, so long as the community producer has been involved in an ECAT-based production in the previous six months of their membership.