Workshop: Level 3 Major Repairs

Who Should Attend

Please email: or for further details. 

This workshop is intended for people who are:

  • Advanced technicians who are familiar with the mechanics of the Perkins Brailler
  • Seeking to repair any and all broken Perkins Braillers
  • Running his or her own repair business
  • Anticipating becoming Perkins Certified for Level 3 Major Repairs

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Perform the most complicated repairs
  • Confidently perform repairs for Perkins Braillers; not SMART Braillers
  • Know how to stock a repair facility and run a simple repair business
  • Be certified as a Level 3 Major Repair Technician
  • Restore braillers that have been out of operation for years
  • Reduce the costs you, your organization, or your school incurs with repairs
  • Reach your individual repair goals
  • Reduce the time your braillers are inoperable by eliminating having to send them out for repair
  • Offer a new service in your local community

Those interested in taking this workshop must have a strong foundation of repair skills or have taken our Level 1 & 2 workshop. Certifications of repair skills are not a guarantee. If you are a beginner to repair, please consider our Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repairs Workshop.




Our Workshops are offered on the following 2 weeks: Level 3 requires 4 days from Thursday through Sunday only if Levels 1 and 2 have been completed.

  • Week A July 29h - August 4th  (Certification end of day July 31st) Fully Booked (3/12/24) 
  • Week B August 4th - August 11th  (Certification end of day August 7th) Spots Still Available 

Please click here to be placed on a Summer 2024 Brailler Repair Training waitlist. (Week B Only)

Price: $600 

Includes tuition, complimentary breakfast and lunch for our three day workshop. At registration, you will be asked whether you’d like to include housing. Pricing varies if accommodations are included


We recommend individuals take the Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repairs Workshop prior to this one.



This one week workshop builds upon the Basic Maintenance and Repair Workshop and develops competency in dismantling, troubleshooting, and repairing of Perkins Braillers. This workshop does require a prerequisite of our Basic Brailler Maintenance and Repair.

  • Remove Right End Plate and all Assemblies down to the Left End Plate
  • Practice Reassembly up to Right End Plate
  • Dismantle Carriage and Stylus and Reassemble
  • Dismantle Rear Support and Reassemble
  • Remove and Reset Chain Assembly
  • Reassemble entire Brailler to good working order
  • Review troubleshooting Guide
  • Overview of Service Manual Utilization
  • Question and Answer session on how to proceed upon completion of training.
  • Certificate Distribution


On campus, discounted, dorm-like accommodations can be purchased with each workshop at checkout. Level 3 Major Repairs accommodations include:

  • 3 night stay, non-negotiable
  • Total price of $300
  • Check-in night before workshop at 3:00pm EST
  • Check-out last day of workshop at 8:00am EST

Other local housing options include AirB&B, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Watertown, Crown Plaza Boston – Newton, Super 8 by Wyndham Watertown.

Perkins On-Campus Room Overview

While rooms are very basic, you can expect them to be clean and functional. All rooms are private, unless you chose to share one. However, bathrooms are shared amongst all guests, which can be 2-4 at any given point. Each room has access to a shared common space and kitchen. Additional amenities can be read below.


  • Air conditioned
  • Pillows, blankets, and towels provided
  • Shared bathroom with the 2-4 guests on the floor
  • 100% Non-Smoking Guest Rooms
  • Wifi Access
  • Free parking
  • Laundry access
  • Kitchen access in shared space – stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dish washer
  • Shared common space with TV & small couch
  • Not Provided: shampoo, conditioner, soap, hair dryer, and other basic amenities you'd expect in a standard hotel

Transportation Options

  • Free on-campus parking
  • Public transportation, buses
  • Uber & Lyft

Dining Options

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided during workshop days
  • Grocery stores are within driving distance of campus and rooms come with access to a fully equipped kitchen, and therefore, cooking for yourself is an option
  • One diner less than 0.1 miles from housing
  • Several other dining options with 0.5 -1.0 mile away



Will housing be available during the on-campus workshop?

Yes, after you’ve chosen the workshop and date that is right for you, you are able to add housing and then complete checkout. Learn more about our housing amenities.

Can I take one workshop at a time?

Yes. You do not have to take the Level 3 Major Repair’s workshop at the same time you take Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop.

However, we highly recommend you take the Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop as a prerequisite for the Level 3 Major Repair’s Workshop. We have several people who take Level 1 General Maintenance & Level 2 Minor Repair’s Workshop in one year, and then take the Level 3 Major Repair’s Workshop the next year.

Can I do the workshops if I’m blind?

We have had several folks who are blind or visually impaired complete our training. With that said, there are aspects of the course that may be more difficult given the hands on nature of the course. Please contact Chris Arnold at to discuss the material accommodations we can make for you.

Can I do the workshops anywhere?

We're happy to discuss the possibility of bringing the workshop to your location. Email to start the conversation.