Fab Academy is a fast-paced, hands-on learning experience where students plan and execute a new project each week.

It offers a distributed rather than distance educational model: students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes. The individual labs (nodes) are supported and supervised regionally by supernode sites with more advanced capabilities, expertise, and inventories.

Each student builds a portfolio that documents their mastery of different certificates taken individually and their integration into a final, larger project. These are reviewed by their local instructors, regional gurus, and then centrally to ensure that each student meets global standards and follows evolving best practices.

The Fab Diploma is awarded by the Fab Academy. The Fab Diploma is earned by progress rather than the calendar, for successful completion of a series of certificate requirements. The instructional sequence requires six months to cover, although the time to finish can ranged from that up to a few years.

In the last years, numerous institutions started accrediting the skills developed in the Fab Academy course. Some of these institutions are listed below:


Local Fab Lab Accrediting body Country Credit offered Status
FabLab Siena University of Siena Italy ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) active
FabLab Madrid CEU Madrid CEU University Spain ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) active
Fab Lab Oulu University of Oulu Finland ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) active
Fab Lab Tecsup Tecsup Peru Specialization Diploma active
Fab Lab Kamp-Lintfort Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences Germany Working on a integration with existing degree programs active (not credit-wise yet but as a course within our university)
Fablab Digiscope Paris Saclay University France would become a complete diploma work in progress
Fab Lab Facens Sorocaba Engineering College (Faculdade de Engenharia de Sorocaba) Brazil Specialization work in progress
Fab Lab Wgtn Massey University New Zealand Masters level work in progress
Litchee Lab Shenzhen University China TBD work in progress
Vigyan ashram Fab-lab Savitribai Phule Pune University India TBD work in progress
Vigyan ashram Fab-lab Indian Institute of Technology India TBD work in progress