Continuing Education

Continuing Education classes are designed both for amateurs interested in learning a new skill and for professionals who seek to strengthen their technical understanding. Small class sizes and fully equipped facilities make NBSS a great learning environment for students of all abilities.

CE classes are taught by accomplished professionals and master craftspeople, including many who are graduates of NBSS full-time programs. Lectures, demonstrations, and bench exercises are combined with classes to provide students with a range of information and practical experience.

Please view our FAQs below, which includes directions and registration and cancellation policies. For any questions, please email continuingeducation@nbss.edu or call 617-227-0155 x130.  

How do I register for a class?

Please visit our class calendar and fill out the online registration form. Registration is complete once payment is processed.

How do I pay by check?

Checks may be sent to the school attn: Continuing Education. Please make checks payable to: North Bennet Street School Continuing Education and include class title and date on the check. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

How to I pay with a Gift Certificate or Gift Card Code?

If you received a paper Gift Certificate, please call or email the Continuing Education Office to redeem. If you received a Gift Card Code, you may apply it at check out. For each type of gift certificate, additional balances may be paid by credit card.

Are there scholarships for Continuing Education classes?

There are no scholarships for NBSS Continuing Education classes. If you have been awarded a scholarship or have funding that you think may be applicable please contact the Continuing Education Office. Some examples are:

  • Veteran’s Association Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Benefits.
  • Veteran’s Association Post-9/11 GI Benefits (for the Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive only).
  • AmeriCorps Education Award Funding.

How do I get to NBSS? Is there Parking?

Public transit: we are conveniently located near multiple service routes and the neighborhood is very walkable. The closest MBTA stop is Haymarket on the Orange and Green Lines, and the Aquarium stop on the Blue line is slightly father away. There are also a number of options for bus service.

Biking: If you plan to visit by bicycle, we have a rack located across from our building where you can lock your bike. Our facility is also one block away from a Hubway bike share.

Driving: The School does not have a dedicated lot, and on-street parking in the North End is difficult to find. If you plan to drive, your best option is to park in the Parcel 7 parking garage and walk to the School. We validate Parcel 7 tickets at our front desk as follows:

  • $1 for up to 2 hours of parking
  • $3 for up to 3 hours of parking
  • Longer than 3 hours - $13 an hour with no validation discount.

Note: Google Maps (not Mapquest) and most GPS systems prefer 95 New Sudbury Street as the garage address. Click here for a map of the parking garage with walking directions to 150 North Street.

Does NBSS provide lodging or accommodations?

If your visit includes an overnight stay, you are welcome to view our list of local accommodations. We encourage you to look for special deals online, as many downtown Boston hotels offer deals through online travel sites.

For classes from June through August, students are often able to stay in the dormitories at Massachusetts College of Art for a fraction of the cost of a hotel. For more information option, please contact the Continuing Education Office.

When should I arrive for my class?

Students may arrive half an hour early for class. When you arrive at 150 North Street, please sign in at the Front Desk and you will be directed to your class. .

What should I bring with me to class?

Occasionally, classes require students to bring some of their own tools and supplies. The online descriptions will either have a link to a Supply List or it will note that all supplies are provided. We recommend saving your receipts for supplies in the event that a class is cancelled or the incorrect supply is purchased.

What should I wear to class?

This is a general list of how to dress for the shop environment, please contact the Continuing Education Office if you have any specific questions or needs.

  • Jeans, a t-shirt and a good pair of shoes suffices for all shop environments.
  • No open-toed shoes.
  • No dresses or skirts (ok for Bookbinding classes).
  • No loose clothing or accessories.
  • Be prepared to tie back long hair.
  • Long pants suggested.
  • Supportive footwear suggested.

Will my class take breaks?

Generally classes break for about an hour for lunch. Shorter breaks are taken as needed throughout the day. There are many options to purchase food nearby. Many students gather to eat in the second floor of NBSS in the Windgate Gallery.

When will I find out if my class is cancelled due to low enrollment?

Classes that do not meet 50% enrollment one week before the class start date will be cancelled. Registered students will be notified and will receive a full refund. Occasionally, a class will run at less than 50% enrollment. The number of enrollments can be viewed online in each listing.

How do I cancel my registration or transfer to a class at a later date? Is there a penalty for doing so?

Cancellations requests received at least 7 days before the class start date will be refunded less a $25.00 fee. Transfers will be charges a $25 fee. Refunds and transfers are not possible for transfers received within 7 days of the class start date. NBSS does not issue credits.

Are classes cancelled in bad weather?

Occasionally, classes are cancelled due to inclement weather for the safety of our staff and students. Check local news stations for school closings or call 617.227.0155 x300 for a recorded message. Classes are made up as scheduling permits.