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How do I register and pay for a course?

*It's highly recommended to contact the Training Dept. ahead of time to check for course availability.  To attend a course you must be an FPA member. 

Registering for Courses

Contact the Training Department to enroll or reserve a spot in one of our courses. Course fees can be paid at the time of the registration but no later than 48 hours before the start of the course.  A $10 dollar late fee will be charged for course payments made after this 48hr deadline. Upon reservation of a course by a member an invoice will be created and mailed for confirmation purposes.

To ensure quality training and a good teacher/student ratio, class sizes are kept small.  However, because of this early registration is recommended.

Important Note: For the benefit of all members students that reserve a spot but do not complete their registrations and/or do not inform the Training Department of their intent to withdraw from the course will not be able to reserve future course slots and instead will need to complete their registration in full upon future registrations. 

Training Department Office Hours

Monday thru Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Phone: 571-749-1102 / 571-749-1107

Fax: 571-749-1112 

Email: Jerausquin@fcac.org or crauda@fcac.org 

Payment Methods

Reserving a slot in a course ensures our members a spot while giving them time to volunteer in shows and earn credits to help lower the fees. Final course payments must be made in full at least 48 hours before the start of the course to avoid the $10 dollar late charge. 

For payments FPA accepts: Checks (payable to FPA), MasterCard, Visa, Cash or Money Orders.

  • Members may register & pay by phone with a credit card by calling the Training Dept. (571-749-1102) or the equipment room (571-749-1111).  The equipment room is open weekdays 12pm-10pm and weekends 8am-8pm.
  • By mail if sufficient time is left before the start of the course.  Registrations submitted by mail should include a completed copy of our course registration form in order to confirm the student name, the name of the course, and the course date they wish to enroll in. Always ensure to contact the Training Dept. ahead of time to confirm your reservation ahead of time. Mail in the registration and payment to the Attention of the Training Dept.

    Fairfax Public Access - 2929 Eskridge Road Suite S, Fairfax, VA 22031

  • Payments can also be completed in person either at the Training Dept. or equipment room during our hours of operation.
  • Please inform the Training Dept. of any discounts you may qualify for at the time of your registration/class reservation. If using volunteer credits to help lower a class fee only those credits available a week before the class date will be applied towards the class fee.

*Please note that we cannot accommodate last minute walk-ins in any of our courses.

Where are courses held?

All courses will be held at Fairfax Public Access. Park in the slots marked "Reserved 2929 S or T" or "V" (Visitors) only. If you park in any other space, your vehicle may be towed at your expense.

Are there any course discounts?

Course Discounts (Student discounts do not apply to the TV & Radio Summer Camps or test-outs) 

  • Senior Citizens (age 60+) may choose for a 20% tuition discount. Please provide a copy of your driver's license at the time of the membership registration to qualify for this discount.
  • Fairfax Public Access also offers 20% discount to High, Middle & Elementary schools along with Colleges in Virginia, Washington DC & Maryland areas. Please provide a copy of your student ID or latest school registration.
  • Certified FPA members can earn class credits towards FPA training classes when they volunteer their services for shows produced at or through FPA. Please review our volunteer information for further details about this program. 

*Discounts can be combined but not exceed 50% of the course fee.

What are FPA's course withdrawal and refund policy?

Withdrawals and Refunds

To withdraw and receive a full refund or a class credit for future classes your request must be received two business days (48 hrs) prior to the class start date. After the first session, no refunds will be made. Students who cancel 24 hours or fewer in advance of the first day of a class will not receive a refund. However, student will have the option of applying the course fee to another class (class credit).

Please allow two to four weeks for a refund.

Please include your full name and the class you are withdrawing from when notifying the Training Dept. No refunds will be processed until a notification of withdrawal has been received. 

*FPA reserve the right to change dates, times, and prices of classes without prior notice. 

To withdraw and receive a full refund or a class credit for future classes' your request must be received 1 business day (24 hrs) prior to the class start date. After the first session, full class refunds are not possible.

Students who cancel 24 hrs fewer in advance of the first day of a class will not receive a refund.

You have the option of applying the course fee to another class (class credit).

For any further questions we can be reached at (571-749-1102), Email us at jerausquin@fcac.org or fax us at (571-749-1112).

What happens if I'm late or miss a class session?

Punctuality is very important especially on single day workshops.  Latecomers risk receiving an incomplete or a failing grade and may be required to reregister in full for the course in order to be certified.

If you'll miss or are going to be late contact both the instructor and the Training Dept. as soon as possible. Please note that FPA does not offer makeup sessions and instructors are only available during the specific scheduled course hours.

What is FPA's inclement weather policy?

Please visit our website call FPA or call our main number at 571.749.1100 for changes to the schedule due to inclement weather.  FPA also follows the same inclement weather closings as Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus:

http://www.nvcc.edu/about-nova/emergency/

Why are some courses in the schedule labeled as ACE?

Fairfax Pubic Access has a partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools - Adult Community Education. Courses labeled as ACE are the same as the others with the only difference being that registration is open to ACE students first. A week before the course start date registration becomes officially open thru the FPA Training Dept. (as long as openings remain in the class). To register ahead of time in one of these classes, FPA members can enroll with ACE as well but please visit ACE's website or call 703-658-1201.

Can a class be cancelled?

If inclement weather or insufficient enrollment necessitates cancelling a course, we will notify you by Email or phone. Registrants in canceled courses should contact FPA at 571.749.1102 for future class dates. You will have the option to transfer you enrollment to a future class, receive a course credit or a full refund of the course fee amount.

How can I use my volunteer credits to pay for courses?

When you wish to register for a course, contact the training dept. directly. The training dept. can check the status of you volunteer credits and inform you of any possible course discounts.

Upon completion of all course volunteer requirements students can continue to volunteer and earn $20 dollars of class credit per session. This credit can be used to pay up to a maximum of 50% of a course free. 

Always remember to complete a green volunteer form and have the producer sign and approve the bottom half.  To receive credit, submit the completed form no later than 24hrs after the completion of your volunteer session either at the training dept. or equipment room.

*Please inform the Training Dept. of any discounts you may qualify for at the time of your registration/class reservation. If using volunteer credits to help lower a class fee only those credits available a week before the class date will be applied towards the class fee.

For more information check the volunteer for class credit page