Why do I need to be Certified in a studio?

In order to rent equipment in our studios independently, students must become "Certified," showing proficiency in safe handling of the equipment.


How do I become Certified? 

Students will need to complete an orientation, take a workshop, and/or attend a Happy Hour with a member of the Artistic Staff (specific recommendations based on background can be provided). Afterwards, a staff member will evaluate the student’s understanding and decide if unsupervised rental is appropriate. The staff member reserves the right to recommend that the student take another class or attend another Happy Hour if they feel that the student is not ready to use the equipment independently.


How much does it cost to become Certified?

The price for certification is the same as one-on-one instruction per hour:

  - $50/hour for Pyramid Atlantic members
  - $60/hour for non-members

Experienced artists need only complete a one-hour (or less) orientation to become certified.

Schedule a Certification Session Today!

Contact Gretchen Schermerhorn, Pyramid Atlantic's Artistic Director, to set up an appointment or discuss the process further: 301-608-9101 or

Note: Pyramid is dedicated to protect the safety and health of its employees and guests. Sessions will be set-up to ensure adequate spacing for the student to work and maintain physical distance. In addition, strict cleaning regimens have been implemented for both the space and tools, both before and after each class. Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

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301.608.9101  |  4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781

HOURS (as of July 1, 2020):

Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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