Upskill with NGen

Under AMPUP (Accelerating Manufacturing Performance Upskilling Program), NGen will cover 50% of the cost of training for Canadian manufacturers to enroll their employees in selected skills development and certification programs offered by established trainers. See our list of available courses and eligibility requirements below. 

Courses are web-based so they are already COVID friendly and signing up is easy. 

1. If you are not an NGen member, sign-up for free here.

2. Download and complete a training plan/application

3. Send the completed training plan to upskilling@ngen.ca

Once approved, we will contact you and the training organization to schedule training and complete enrollment.  NGen will provide a one-time funding commitment  to the training organization and you will only pay 50% of the retail cost. Stay tuned for future announcements regarding additional training that will be made available to NGen members through our AMPUP program.


  • The Applicant must be a Canadian employer in manufacturing
  • The Applicant must be an NGen Member (Become a Member)
  • The Employer must have a job available for each Participant upon completion of training and the job(s) is/are located in Canada. 
  • The Employer must not be in receipt of any other government training funds that duplicate this request.
  • Training is directly related to the current needs of the business and the available job. 
  • To maximize the number of companies impacted, the maximum AMPUP training allowance per company is limited to $15,000 in NGen Upskilling co-investment support per fiscal year under this initiative ($30,000 in training).

  • The employer must agree that NGen reserves the right to contact participants, trainers or any other person in order to substantiate training activities, records or other related matters.

  • The Employer is aware that NGen will ask the Employer and Participant employees to participate in follow-up surveys about the program to support continuous improvement and accountability, and, if approved, will commit to participating in these surveys and ensuring its employees do the same to the best of its ability; and
  • All determinations regarding eligibility are, and shall remain, at the sole discretion of NGen.

The Advanced Manufacturing Technician program is a 7 week online program designed to help students gain the skills and knowledge required for work as entry-level advanced
manufacturing technicians. Course Overview

Program Fee: $1,920
NGen Member Price: $960
AmpUP Participants Pay: $480

The Productivity certificate program is an 8 week online program  designed to help students gain the skills and knowledge needed to increase productivity in the manufacturing workplace. Course Overview

Program Fee: $2,450
NGen Member Price: $1,225
AmpUp Participants Pay: $612

The Mechatronics & Industrial Automation Technician program is a 9 week program designed to help students develop the skills and
knowledge needed for work as entry-level mechatronics and industrial automation technicians. Course Overview

Program Fee: $2,980
NGen Member Price: $1,490 
AmpUP Participants Pay: $745

This course will highlight the legislative landscape, provide practical case studies of successful transitions and technological examples, help you identify carbon mitigation practices that would fit your organization,
and practical carbon mitigation prioritization tools that can be applied at different levels of organizational complexity and maturity. Course Overview

Program Fee: $2,000
NGen Member Price: $1,500
AmpUP Participants Pay: $750

This course will teach you the foundational circular economy principles, help you identify circular economy practices that would fit your organization, investigate practical case studies of successful transitions to different circular economy models, and practical circular economy tools that can be applied at different levels of organizational complexity and maturity. Course Overview

Program Fee: $2,000
NGen Member Price: $1,500
AmpUP Participants Pay: $750

This course will apply both an organizational development and personal leadership lens to explore the drivers of transition, opportunities to innovate and build competitiveness. Through active assessment, you will map your own leadership and organizational needs against established leadership models to strategize, plan, and communicate an effective transitional strategy. Course Overview

Program Fee: $2,000
NGen Member Price: $1,500
AmpUP Participants Pay: $750

Harvard Supervisory Certification participants have access to world-class content and expertise, while connecting with peers to share best practices and expand their professional networks.
Participants in this professional certificate program will have access to world-class content and expertise, while connecting with peers to share best practices and expand their professional networks. This program will encourage the development of critical leadership and other management skills. Using a blended approach of online technologies and training workshops, this program will encourage the development of critical thinking, leadership and management skills. Course overview.

Program Fee: $2,495
NGen Member Price: $1,995
AmpUP Participants Pay: $997.50

Companies struggle with the implementation and sustainability of Lean in their facilities, because leaders and supervisors are often not provided the tools to change the way they manage Lean processes and the team-based cultures that are in place. There is also no clear progression path for lean leadership and supervisory skills leading to advancement. This progressive certificate program leads participants through concepts and tools that will enhance their success today and develop them into leaders of the future. In each of the program certificate levels, participants will develop significant skills to contribute to productivity, quality, and Lean culture for their organization. Course overview.

20 hours course
Program Fee: $1,695
NGen Member Price: $1,295
AmpUP Participants Pay: $647.50

50 hours course
Program Fee: $2,495
NGen Member Price: $1,995
AmpUP Participants Pay: $997.50

90 hours course
Program Fee: $3,295
NGen Member Price: $2,495
AmpUP Participants Pay: $1,247.50

Online instruction from top global thought leaders will guide you in developing insights on your own organization. You will have access to extensive global benchmarking data, rigorous methodologies, and opportunities to expand your professional network and engage with peers around best practices. Course Overview

NGen Member Price: $20,000
AmpUP Participants Pay: $10,000

Designed for manufacturers by manufacturers, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) online training aims to help manufacturers across the country to improve their operations, their competitiveness and their bottom line.

The Recovery e-Learning Workshop Series offers participants their choice of 12, 4-hour sessions delivered by CME experts and manufacturers themselves who will share real-world tips and best practices on a variety of operational topics. Each session provides participants with tangible takeaways and provides the critical supports during the pandemic manufacturers need to weather the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, online. Training designed in three modules so front-line workers, operational staff, and leadership in your organization can benefit. Choose from sessions in three categories: operational efficiency & productivity; improving workplace safety; and leadership.

Through NGen, participants can select bundles of 4, 8 or 10 sessions, which means whether you’re registering the same individual for multiple separate sessions or registering different learners from one company, CME’s bulk pricing through our partnership with AMPUP can help you fast-track your journey and save big at the same time. Savings apply to CME member and non-member prices. A full description of each session to choose from, including overview, learning objectives, facilitator bio and more are available at https://cme-mec.ca/online-training-services/

Course Overview

Detailed process knowledge is critical for enhancing production performance. The certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Processes offers courses that will cover the foundations of machining, forming, and metal additive manufacturing and apply that knowledge to maximize value in a production operation. Over the course of 3 months, you will enhance your problem-solving skills and tackle an industry-relevant project using your accumulated process knowledge. Program Overview

Select 4 required courses + 4 elective courses + Industry Relevant Project

Program Fee: $4,500
NGen Member Price: $3,600
AmpUP Participants Pay: $1,800 for a certificate

Material behaviour in different manufacturing processes can significantly impact productivity, part quality, cost and product design. The certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Materials will provide you with extensive knowledge and practical skills through courses on the mechanical properties of materials, material characterization techniques and high-resolution imaging, which will allow you to optimize product performance, identify wear mechanisms and prevent failure. Program Overview

Select 4 required courses + 4 elective courses + Industry Relevant Project

Program Fee: $4,500
NGen Member Price: $3,600
AmpUP Participants Pay: $1,800 for a certificate

Manufacturing is constantly changing as new technologies are integrated into the production process. Through this certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0, you will learn how to select and install sensors, perform data collection, apply machine learning and develop process models to boost process efficiency, develop solutions to real industry challenges and realize performance opportunities.

Program Overview

Select 4 required courses + 4 elective courses + Industry Relevant Project

Program Fee: $4,500
NGen Member Price: $3,600
AmpUP Participants Pay: $1,800 for a certificate

The Industry Operations Leadership and Management (IOLM) program is a practical, applied program aimed at managers and supervisors in industry. This McMaster University Professional Certificate Program will inform, educate, mentor, practically assess, and provide candidates with the latest operational tools. The IOLM program seeks to assist candidates in successfully adopting and integrating the critical competencies needed to transform, sustain, and scale industry 4.0 operations. Program Overview

Program Fee: $9,950
AmpUP Participants Pay: $3,750

The Demand Driven Planner Program is designed for planning, purchasing and supply chain personnel.  The Demand Driven Planner program is comprised of 13 modules of in-depth DDMRP education. The DDP Program is the official preparatory course for the Demand Driven Planner Professional certification exam. Program Overview

Program Fee: $1,249
AmpUP Participants Pay: $999

UBC Manufacturing Automation Laboratory has developed an internationally recognized advanced, easy- to-use machining process simulation and measurement software which is used by a number of companies around the world. ShopPro is an integrated, easy to use tap-testing, chatter stability lobe, torque, power prediction as well as giving expert advice to solve machining problems. CUTPRO is advanced software with milling, turning, boring, drilling, spindle, CNC, tap testing, modal analysis and data acquisition modules. Machining process simulation modules predict forces, torque, power, bending moment on spindle bearings, dimensional surface finish, vibrations and chatter-free depths of cut and spindle speeds. Machine tool and cutting tool designers can optimize their design choices, while process planners can significantly reduce the machining time while maintaining the accuracy and quality of the parts. The course gives balanced training of basic machining principles and their hands-on application on machine tools.

Program Overview

Program Fee: $4,000 USD
NGen Member Price: $3,000 USD
AMPUP Participants Pay: $1,500 USD

This ninety hour leadership training program provides courses in Leadership Principles, Business Management, and fundamental Supervisory Skills to provide a solid foundation for an individual working in a leadership capacity for the first time.

Program Overview

Program Fee: $2,511
NGen Member Price: $1,950
AMPUP Participants Pay: $975

This ninety hour leadership training program builds on the Leadership Foundations program and provides additional courses covering Coaching and Teambuilding for Leaders, Management Principles and Managerial Skills.

Program Overview

Program Fee: $2,511
NGen Member Price: $1,950
AMPUP Participants Pay: $975

Pre-requisites: Leadership Foundations and Leadership Skills Statements of Achievement

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes the need to provide culturally relevant training that builds leadership capacity and breaks down barriers by using materials and methods that align to Indigenous values. The sixty hour Indigenous Leadership Skills Applied Certificate shares how Indigenous peoples across Canada have demonstrated their diverse approaches to using resiliency in leadership. Nīkānīstamākēwin: “to be in leadership”

Program Overview

Program Fee: $1,800
NGen Member Price: $1,450
AMPUP Participants Pay: $725

This program is a highly interactive, instructor-led online program. Through online modules, discussion, instructor-led assignments, and an industry relevant capstone final project, our highly available instructors guide you through every step of the project management pipeline.

The program is highly practical. You will complete several assignments to apply all of the project management processes using a project that you choose, so not only do you get to use your new skills, you can focus on learning project management rather than trying to learn from an unrelated case study. The courses include many collaborative exercises, so you get the necessary interaction with other students, and you get feedback from experienced professional project management instructors who are available to answer questions and provide guidance.

This program will provide you with an overview of the most useful project management processes and tools based on standard practices of the project management profession. You will learn to adapt different methods to meet your specific and unique needs. This Applied Certificate is composed of 3 Modules. Upon completion of all three, students will be awarded the full Applied Project Management Applied Certificate.

Module 1 - Project Management Preparation and Planning Statement of Achievement:

This module involves 75 hours of instructor lead training and covers Project Initiation and Charter Development and Project Planning, Scheduling and Budgeting.

Program Overview

Program Fee: $2,360
NGen Member Price: $2,124
AMPUP Participants Pay: $1,062

Module 2 - Project Management Execution and Control Statement of Achievement:

This module involves 105 hours of instructor lead training covering Project Execution and Control,

Project Leadership and Communications and Project Closing and Continuous Improvement. It builds on the understanding developed in Module 1, which is a prerequisite to this course.

Program Fee: $2,364
NGen Member Price: $2,128
AMPUP Participants Pay: $1,064

Module 3 - Applied Project Management Integration and Evaluation (Applied Certificate):

This module involves 60 hours of instruction and builds on the understanding developed in Modules 1 and 2 which are prerequisites to this course. At the completion of Module 3, the successful student will be awarded a Certificate in Applied Project Management.

Program Fee: $908
NGen Member Price: $817
AMPUP Participants Pay: $408.50

Cyber Security is a business decision. In this Cyber Security and Network operations program you will learn important concepts to keeping your business’s sensitive information protected. You will learn the basics of Windows security concepts, and the components of the internet and other computer networks. You will also receive a dual certification through CISCO.

Program Overview

Program Fee: $1,190
NGen Member Price: $1,050
AMPUP Participants Pay: $525.00

This 100 hour course will introduce participants to the concepts of quality and quality management principles so they will be able to apply them in an organization. The courses will examine definitions of quality, its financial impact on production and services, as well as provide an appreciation of the theory behind quality management. Quality methods such as statistical analysis, root cause analysis and an understanding of the philosophies of quality pioneers will be discussed. Participants will be able to understand the objectives of Total Quality Management and its impacts on the competitiveness of an organization.

Program Overview

Program Fee: $3,000
NGen Member Price: $2,500
AMPUP Participants Pay: $1,250.00

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