Access Process

In response to demand, we've been working hard to offer non-credit training and other ways for people to engage with Co-Works outside of our official classes. However, please note that Co-Works is not a service provider or departmental shop. Our non-credit offerings are contingent on remaining capacity after meeting the needs of approved courses and programs, so space is limited and we cannot accommodate jobs on demand, untrained walk-ins, or outside deadlines. Sign up for training well before need.

1. Attend An Orientation

  • Orientations are given to Co-Works courses at the start of semesters

  • Alternatively, faculty and students are encouraged to schedule group orientations with the Co-Works Director

2. Train On Equipment

  • Sign-up in person at Co-Works only - see available slots here

  • Sign-up slots opens about a week prior to start dates

  • Some training requires a multiple week commitment

  • Training is offered in Spring and Fall only

Alternatively, your training can be part of a Co-Works course or from previous experience, however, you must still pass the annual test.

3. Pass Annual Test

  • Passing a test for each piece of equipment grants access

  • Tests can be taken on a walk-in basis

  • Grading or regrading takes 3 business days 

  • A new passed test is required each school year

  • Check your test results here:

    • Authorized: passed test, can use and reserve equipment

    • Review: correct missed questions to pass

    • Retrain: retraining required

4. Make A Reservation

  • Authorized users may reserve equipment online up to 1 week in advance through WebCheckout

  • Co-Works courses and research projects may reserve equipment 2 weeks in advance in person

  • Authorized walk-ins are welcome when equipment is available

5. Always Check-In, Clean & Check-Out

  • To keep a reservation:

    • Check in with a person on duty within 10 min of start time

    • Come with files and materials prepared

  • You must check-in on WebCheckout before using equipment

  • You must clean up after yourself and return tools

  • You must check-out on WebCheckout when done

  • Pay when you check out

6. Make Payment If Required

Other Policies

  • A Co-Works general safety and policy orientation is required

  • Users must adhere to proper equipment use and safety rules as covered in orientations and training sessions

  • Users must have a passed test on file to use equipment

  • Users retake tests to renew equipment access each new school year

  • Users must arrive within 10 min of their start time to keep their reservation

  • We cannot guarantee a reservation if a user arrives without preparing files and materials beforehand

  • Authorized users cannot make reservations on behalf of others or otherwise make resources available to untrained and unauthorized individuals

  • No food or drink allowed at any equipment workstations

  • Co-Works provides storage for checkout, but users are responsible for clearing out by the end of the term or contents will be disposed of

These Actions May Result In Loss Of Privileges

  • Improper or unauthorized use of equipment or resources

  • Unsupervised use of Co-Works equipment or resources

  • Disregard of safety rules and general policies

  • Failure to clean up after yourself or return tools after use

  • Reservation and training no-shows without cancellation

  • Enabling unauthorized individuals to access Co-Works resources

  • Language or behavior that makes anyone feel unwelcome and undermines our values of diversity and inclusion


Training & Reservation

Weekly Schedule
Training Availability
Training Test Results
WebCheckout Reservation

1. Log in with RISD credentials
2. Reserve 1 week ahead max
3. Co-Works courses may reserve 2 weeks ahead by requesting in person

Other Resources

• Pricing
Equipment Specs
• Service Providers & Materials
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