RapidSkills micro-certificates

The City of Barrie and Georgian College present RapidSkills micro-certificates in support of the manufacturing sector.

About the RapidSkills program

The City of Barrie and Georgian College present RapidSkills. The program, created in partnership with regional employer-partners, was designed to upskill workers looking to advance their career in the auto and advanced manufacturing sectors. Delivered in a fast and flexible format, the RapidSkills program provides employers with skilled and agile workers. Program tuition and training costs are free for eligible participants and employers.

The program consists of a series of micro-certificates, which are short-term, competency-based, industry-recognized certifications. Micro-certificates are offered in Industrial Automation, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Fundamental Shop Skills, Precision Machining, and Robotics. Industrial certifications are offered through Continuing Education.

Dates and delivery

Enrolment dates: To be determined
Micro-certificate and training dates: To be determined
Delivery: Part-time, online and in person
Location: Barrie Campus

RapidSkills micro-certificates for the manufacturing sector

Each micro-certificate comprises up to three modules based on sectoral-focused feedback from regional stakeholders and employers. Micro-credentials are designed to upskill workers in a part-time format. Digital badges will be awarded for the completion of each micro-certificate module and for completion of the entire RapidSkills program.

RapidSkills: Industrial Automation micro-credential

Industrial Automation

Explore the fundamentals of modern automation. This three-module, 96-hour micro-certificate will prepare participants for careers in manufacturing and industrial maintenance, automation technicians, PLC programming, and machine building and integration. Employees working as manufacturing supervisors and lead hands will also benefit from training in automation technology.

RapidSkills: Hydraulics/Pneumatics micro-credential

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Explore fluid power components and circuits. This two-module, 60-hour micro-certificate will prepare participants for careers in industrial and manufacturing maintenance, automation building and troubleshooting, mobile equipment troubleshooting and repair, construction equipment troubleshooting and repair, and entry-level fluid power specialist.

RapidSkills: Fundamental Shop Skills micro-credential

Fundamental Shop Skills

Examine fundamental shop skills and learn to perform
critical functions in this 30-hour module. Develop the skills to interpret engineering drawings. Examine manufacturing process required to build components. Identify tolerances, materials and basic geometric dimensioning. Interpret hidden lines, section lines, thread types and ground surface symbols.

RapidSkills: Precision Machining micro-credential

Precision Machining

Manufacture components using engineering drawings and traditional industrial machines. This three-module, 90-hour micro-certificate will prepare participants for careers as a material handler, conventional mill and lathe machine operator, general machinist, tool and die maker, and mould maker.

RapidSkills: Robotics micro-credential


Explore industrial robotic motion, control and troubleshooting. This three-module, 96-hour micro-certificate will prepare participants for careers in robot programming, machine-building and integration, manufacturing maintenance, and automation technician.

How the program works

Registration for the RapidSkills program is open to employers who would like to retrain or upskill their workers.

Intake avenues

Corporate training

  • If you’re an employer in the auto or advanced manufacturing sector, we can help.


  • You can self-identify to participate in the program by contacting RapidSkills staff.
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The hydraulics training course provided by the RapidSkills project has been one of the best training courses, if not the best training course, I’ve had the honour of participating in. Attending training during a pandemic can certainly be a challenge, but RapidSkills and the instructor of the course made the most of it and gave us updates promptly to any potential changes happening. The instructor was very knowledgeable, blended hands-on learning and theory together in a manner that made the material fun and easy to learn. I highly recommend RapidSkills to anyone looking to advance knowledge or training in their respective industry.John Fiebrich, Mechanical Designer, Weldco-Beales Manufacturing

Corporate training

If you’re an employer in the auto or advanced manufacturing sector and want to participate in corporate training, we can help.

You may refer eligible employees for participation, per the criteria above. Employees can take part in the training while continuing to work.

Become an employer partner

To inquire about becoming an employer partner, please contact us at [email protected].

Hire program graduates

Interested in hiring a RapidSkills program participant or graduate? 

If you’re an employer and want to hire a participant, you may register with RapidSkills staff to become an employer of choice. This will provide you with access to employees who graduate from the program with the most up-to-date, in-demand, sectoral-focused skills.

We will work to ensure that each participant completes the program in full and that employers have access to any additional programming.

I want to be a participant

Potential participants will be referred to RapidSkills staff, go through an intake process to ensure eligibility requirements have been met, receive testing to gauge knowledge levels in the training areas, and partake in a program orientation.

If a participant believes they have acquired competencies gained in a micro-certificate module through education and/or work, they may request skill testing to challenge for completion of that module (and receipt of the applicable digital badge). Once a participant has completed each module and/or received all digital badges associated with the micro-certificate, they will be granted the full micro-certificate.

Upon completion of a micro-certificate, a participant may be eligible for credit transfers into select Georgian programs.

The RapidSkills program is excited to be working with several employers from the auto and advanced manufacturing sectors in Simcoe County.

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Innovative Automation Inc. 

Innovative Automation designs and builds industrial automation equipment, mostly for the automotive industry.  We don’t design and build the parts that go into a vehicle; we design and build the systems that produce the parts.

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Molded Precision Components (MPC)

MPC was established in 1980 to address the automotive industry need for a responsive prototype molding shop, specializing in high-quality plastic parts such as gears and complex assemblies. Today, that legacy remains strong but under new ownership since 2006, Molded Precision Components has developed its capabilities and technologies far beyond prototyping. Leading our sector in Industry 4.0 implementation, MPC offers a full-service, multi-disciplinary engineering, product development and precision injection molding service, complemented with our own in-house tool building operation.

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MTH Manufacturing Inc.

MTH Manufacturing is located in Elmvale Ontario, just 70 minutes north of Toronto and two hours from the U.S. border. Established in 2007, MTH Manufacturing Inc. specializes in machining and assembly of commercial vehicle components in a lean production environment. Our manufacturing capabilities are enhanced by our ability to design and develop products and processes, both to optimize production processes and to improve product designs. Our approach includes using ISO 9001 based business systems as well Six Sigma improvement tools.

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Weldco-Beales Manufacturing

Weldco-Beales Mfg. designs and manufactures specialized heavy equipment attachments for OEM’s dedicated to servicing the construction, forestry, mining, scrap recycling, road maintenance and resource industries. Typical attachments include: buckets, blades and plows, forks, grapples, tire handlers, cable reelers, ejector bodies, guarding structures and custom products. Our focus is customer success, based on honesty, fairness, and our commitment to quality. Collaboration and problem solving are supported by full engineering capabilities and our wealth of industry experience. WBM is 100 per cent Canadian owned and has operated since 1945 in Canada, committed to continual growth and exploration of opportunities that capitalize on our strengths to serve the global market.

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CSR Cosmetic Solutions

CSR is a proven leader in formulating, manufacturing, and filling of personal care and colour cosmetic products. For over 65 years, we have helped build successful consumer brands for some of the industry’s most reputable companies. Our focus on consistency, performance, and reliability in the context of strict cGMP guidelines makes CSR the right choice for North American and international companies looking for a complete range of product innovation, manufacturing, and filling solutions.

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Kumi Canada Corporation

KCC is a plastic injection molding company which was established in January 1997 by Kumi Kasei Co., Ltd., of Japan and Kamco Industries Inc., of Ohio to supply automotive parts to Honda of Canada and other related manufacturers in Canada. Our success in this highly competitive industry depends on the efforts of our associates to work together as a team to provide the highest quality products to our customers.

Adam Bowman

Faculty, Industrial Automation and Robotics

Adam has over 20 years of experience working with robotics and automation. Through occupying various roles such as a new build integrator in advanced manufacturing and now as a college professor and corporate trainer, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge and diverse experience. He enjoys working with students and industrial partners to help meet their learning needs and provide companies the opportunity to keep pace with the ever-changing technology landscape.

Brent Belford

Faculty, Precision Machining

Brent Belford has taught at Georgian for 17 years. He is also the academic technologist for the Precision Skills program. He has been a licensed mechanic for over 25 years where he worked largely on performance and custom builds. Brent’s machining skills were used for the manufacturing of performance and racing parts. He’s still involved with racing.

Gary Harris

Faculty, Precision Machining

Gary Harris has been a full-time teacher with Georgian for 18 years. He is a mould maker by trade and has travelled the world teaching and sharing his passion for design and manufacturing. Gary developed the precision machining micro-certificate in response to the needs of the local automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Phil LeBoeuf

Faculty, Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Phil LeBoeuf has worked in the skilled trades field since 1977. A licensed industrial millwright, Phil has worked in various manufacturing industries specializing in machine building, plant maintenance and repair, fluid power maintenance and mobile equipment building and maintenance. Phil joined Georgian in 2003 and has become one of the foremost expert skilled trades trainers, having instructed numerous topics related to the trades and workplace safety. His expertise is requested across the province on a number of ministry-regulated initiatives and mandatory training requirements.

Contact us

Our team is always available for questions related to corporate training including group rates, custom programming and how to best utilize Georgian resources.

Contact information

[email protected]
705.728.1968, ext. 1423

One Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON  L4M 3X9

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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