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Continuing Education

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Certificate


The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Enter the fascinating world of industrial automation

Enter the fascinating world of industrial automation!

Increasingly, the manufacturing industry relies on industrial automation to machine and turn products that would otherwise be manufactured by hand. Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines are programmed to perform machining and turning processes like drilling, cutting, sawing and stamping through pre-set sequences of commands. These machines are highly sophisticated precision tools that require specialized expertise to be properly set up and operated.

Our experienced instructors and leading-edge equipment will provide you with an excellent opportunity to receive hands-on training as an operator and programmer in a supportive, industry-focused and safe learning environment.

After completion

NAIT's industry-recognized CNC Certificate programs can help you earn your Machining Centre Certificates I and II and Turning Centre Certificates I and II – or all four.

A certificate will be issued once you successfully complete the three levels of Operations and/or the three levels of Programming within each certificate.

Available certificates

There are two streams, based on the different machines of focus (Machining Centre and Turning Centre) available for the CNC Certificate:

Stream 1
•    CNC Machining Centre Operator Certificate I
•    CNC Machining Centre Programming Certificate II

Stream 2
•    CNC Turning Centre Operator Certificate I
•    CNC Turning Centre Programming Certificate II

You may choose to earn all four certificates.

Upon successful completion of our program, you may request your certificate by completing the Request for Certification form (pdf) and faxing it to Continuing Education at 780-471-8993 or to the Registrar’s Office at 780-471-8490.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Graduates of the CNC Certificate program may find work opportunities as a CNC operator, set-up person or programmer. Students may also advance to supervisory positions, start their own business or branch out to work in positions such as quality assurance inspector, machinist, millwright or tool and die maker. 

Ample opportunities exist in oilfield manufacturing, general manufacturing and production and industrial repair shops.

CNC professionals are adept problem solvers, decision makers and time managers. If you enjoy working with your hands and machinery and are prepared to work in noisy and dusty conditions, a career as a CNC professional may be right for you. 


Students without mechanical experience must take MACH150 Introduction to Basic Machining Industrial Skills before enrolling in the CNC Certificate program.