A CNC milling machine at work

CNC micro-certificate

Explore CNC fundamentals using industry-grade tools and equipment in manufacturing

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


About the CNC micro-certificate

The RapidSkills program consists of a series of micro-certificates, which are short-term, competency-based, industry-recognized certificates based on sectoral-focused feedback from regional stakeholders and employers, designed to upskill workers in a part-time format.

In this three-module, 90-hour micro-certificate, gain theoretical and practical experience involving basic concepts of CNC machining using conventional and CAD/CAM procedures. Create 2D surfaces and tool paths for three-axis milling using top-rated CAD/CAM software. Develop your skills in wireframes, surfaces, intersection of surfaces, pockets, toolpath editing and planning. Prepare for entry-level roles in CNC programming.

Digital badges will be awarded for the completion of each micro-certificate module and for the completion of the entire RapidSkills program.

Dates and delivery

In-person training dates:

  • Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barrie Campus (Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, Oct. 15 to 22, Nov. 26 to Dec. 17, 2022, Feb. 11, 2023 and Feb. 25 to March 28, 2023)

Online delivery:

  • Asynchronous self-study (approximately three hours total)

CNC micro-certificate modules

RapidSkills CNC micro-credential: Intro to CNC module badge

CNC module 1:
Intro to CNC

Participants are introduced to theoretical and practical applications of CNC milling machines used in manufacturing applications. Emphasis is placed on the safe operation and basic understanding of set up and conversational skills.

RapidSkills CNC micro-credential: Basic CNC Applications module badge

CNC module 2:
Basic CNC Applications

Participants build on the fundamental applications learned in module 1, with practical, hands-on experience setting up the machine and using advanced conversational programming. Participants become proficient in setting up and using the tooling for a manually written conversational program using previous applications of G and M code.

RapidSkills CNC micro-credential: CNC CAD/CAM module badge

CNC module 3:

Participants receive an advanced introduction to CNC using CAD/CAM programming, performing automated programming using Mastercam to create geometry from engineered drawings, and creating toolpaths to produce a completed project.

How the RapidSkills 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.


Featured faculty

Brent Belford

Faculty for the CNC micro-certificate

Brent Belford has taught at Georgian for 17 years. He is also the academic technologist for the CNC 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 is still involved with racing.

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.

Register to participate in the program

For job seekers looking for a new opportunity, the RapidSkills program offers tailored skills training and employer connections so that you can quickly move into a job in the local manufacturing sector.

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.

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


One Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON  L4M 3X9

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

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The RapidSkills micro-credentials program is presented by the City of Barrie and Georgian College, in partnership with the County of Simcoe and the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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