Instructor Guide

Education at Protohaven is key to nurturing the makers in our community! We’ve spent the last two years building a top-quality makerspace that includes laser cutters, 3D printers, electronic and jewelry benches, and full textile, wood, machining, welding and metal shops.

Each of those areas needs excellent teachers who are eager to nurture the maker in our members as they develop and discover skills.

Class Proposals

Fill out our Class Proposal Form with some basic information. Think of this as “pitching” your idea! Not sure exactly what you want to teach? Just fill out a general Instructor Interest Form, and we can work on some ideas together.

Someone from our staff will email you to set up a meeting to discuss your idea.

Instructor Benefits

  • 50% commission after cost of materials in each class. For example, if the class has 6 students at $200 per student and materials cost $20 per student, you will receive $540 (half of $1080 total).
  • Free Equipment Clearance in the area in which you teach.
  • Cross-promotion on our website, social media, and general membership community.

Types of Classes

Public Talks

  • Short, single session (1-2hrs)
  • Medium to large class size
  • Led by makers, engineers, artists, and craftspeople alike
  • Share stories, demos, processes, tips and techniques
  • Open to people with any experience level

Public Workshops

  • Short, single session (15min-2 hrs/student)
  • Small to large class size
  • Led by friendly and energetic makers
  • Simple, unique, project-based experiences where students will walk away with something cool that they made
  • Open to people with any experience level

Basic Safety Clearances

  • Short duration (2 hour Class or 30 min. Opt-out Clearance Test)
  • Offered on a weekly basis, usually weekday evenings
  • Small class size (6 students maximum)
  • Led by Area Leads (our go-to volunteers who maintain the different shop areas)
  • Focused on safe, responsible use of equipment
  • Can be adjusted to a 30 min. Clearance Test for experienced users
  • Open to the general public, but students must have active membership to use equipment outside of class time.

Skill & Project Classes

  • Long, single session class (4-8 hrs)
  • Small class size
  • Led by patient and seasoned experts in their field
  • Focused on developing deeper skills in specific shop areas through a challenging project or deep-dive into a particular technique or skill
  • Open to people who already have the necessary Equipment Clearances (unless the course includes this training)

In-Depth Courses

  • Long, multi-session courses (2-4 hrs per session)
  • Small class size
  • Led by patient and seasoned experts in their field
  • Focused on developing deeper skills in specific shop areas through a challenging project or deep-dive into a particular technique or skill
  • Open to people who already have the necessary Equipment Clearances (unless the course includes this training)