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frequently asked questions

How do I know what kind of membership to get? 
What is pay-as-you-go access?
What is an equipment test-out? 
Can you test out in more than one discipline? 
What are the access hours for PF/PCA? 
Can I upgrade my membership from Associate to Access? 

Q: How do I know what kind of membership to get? 
A: If your main interests are discounts and helping out the organization, you should get the Associate Membership.  If you intend to use the equipment at PF/PCA, want to rent our spaces or want to participate in our governance, you should become an Access Member. 

Q: What is pay-as-you-go access? 
A: Pay-as-you-go access is exactly what it sounds like.  You can pay for equipment access as you use it, on an hourly or daily basis.  Pay-as-you-go access is granted to all Access Members who have paid the basic membership dues upon equipment test-out.  Members who plan to use the equipment a lot should consider purchasing an access package. 

Q: What is an equipment test-out? 
A: PF/PCA requires equipment test-outs for equipment access because we need to ensure that members know how to use the equipment before access is granted.  An equipment test-out can be scheduled by calling the equipment office at 412-681-9500 (PF) or the PCA School at 412-361-0455 (PCA).  If you fail an equipment test-out, you may be asked to take a PF/PCA class in order to learn how to use the equipment. 

Q: Can you test out in more than one discipline? 
Yes.  You can test out in as many disciplines as you can handle.  If you purchase more than one access packages, additional packages will be ½ price. 

Q: What are the access hours for PF/PCA? 
A: Access hours and policies are different for PF and PCA, so be sure to read the policies closely.  One major difference is that Pittsburgh Filmmakers has after-hours access. That's right, if you show up to access our labs before closing, you can stay as late as you want so long as you observe the rules! PF Access regular hours are as follows, unless otherwise posted: 

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday: 10am - 6:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 2pm

Access hours for the PCA change according to staffing and availability.   Please check here for the most recent hours. 

Q: Can I upgrade my membership from Associate to Access? 
A:  Yes, contact the Director of Artist & Member Services at 412-681-5449 x 246.