Get a Maker Pass

July 14, 2016 | 11:52 am

Ready to get your Maker Pass? Each semester that you want a Maker Pass, whether as a first-timer or returner, just follow the three-step process described on this page.

Jacobs Hall

Step 1: Registration

Access the fall 2018 registration form.

Please note, fall equipment trainings for Maker Pass holders will end on October 26 (CITRIS Invention Lab) and October 31st (Jacobs Hall). If this would be your first semester getting a Maker Pass, we recommend you complete registration and training in advance of this date or join Jacobs during our spring registration and trainings!

Eligibility: Active UC Berkeley affiliates (students, faculty, and staff) from across campus. You need a Cal 1 Card and CalNet ID before beginning the registration process.

General registration is offered on a first come, first serve basis as capacity allows. Students taking classes held in Jacobs Hall may activate a Maker Pass at any time during the semester by proceeding directly to steps 2 and 3. Research users may also apply for a Maker Pass at any time during the semester for lab-sponsored work.

Student design project

Step 2: Maker Pass fee

Select the payment option that fits your situation. Please verify you are eligible for a Maker Pass by completing the registration form in step 1 before proceeding, as refunds will not be issued.

  • Standard Maker Pass: Covers usage related to courses, clubs, and personal projects. $75 per semester.
  • Research Maker Pass: Covers usage related to research lab-sponsored work. $225 per semester.
  • Club Maker Pass: Club officers can apply to purchase Maker Passes for their members at a reduced annual rate that comes to $40 per Maker Pass per semester.

Student projects from makerspace

Step 3: Safety training

Complete the General Workshop Safety (GWS) training.

Individuals who have passed the GWS training in a prior semester do not need to retake it, unless it is deemed necessary by Jacobs staff on an individual basis. Regardless, you must be currently enrolled in the training course; you can check for this by clicking the link provided above.

Now what?

Once you have completed all three steps above, your Maker Pass will activate on your Cal 1 Card within 1-2 business days. Maker Pass access is valid from the first day of instruction to the last day of the semester.

Check your Maker Pass activation status. This link is only accessible over AirBears, from a campus computer or remotely using the campus VPN service. Activation status is updated once every 2 hours between 8am-10pm.

After getting your Maker Pass, you can start taking trainings for specific equipment in bCourses.

For assistance, email

Jacobs Institute and CITRIS Invention Lab staff reserve the right to revoke Maker Passes as they see fit due to violations of safety, building or university rules, policies, and procedures.