CoopZone Online Development Training Program

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10 October, 2017

The CoopZone Developers’ Network Co- operative is a network of people and organizations that help to start, develop and support co-operatives.

Co-operatives need leadership. Do you want to offer that leadership? CoopZone’s courses are here to help you develop into the leader co-operatives need.

The CoopZone Developers’ Network Co-operative is pleased to announce the information for its online training program on co-operative development beginning each fall.  Note that in 2017-18, we will be offering the Introductory CoopZone training program and the Advanced program.

The Introductory Course is appropriate for people interested in understanding the types and roles of co-ops and the basic co-op development process but who will not be active developers; it runs from mid-October through April.

The Advanced Program, lasts for two years and both years will be offered each year if there is sufficient demand.  This level is designed for people who seek to provide full development services to co-operatives.  Each level is designed to take a few hours per week.  For more information, please read the attached brochure (Brochure for courses, Intro and Advanced), which provides a high-level summary of the program, and practical information about it (application deadline, tuition, etc.).

Some bursaries are available.  Funding for the bursaries has been provided by Vancity Credit Union, Assiniboine Credit Union, Carrot Cache as well as the Manitoba Cooperative Promotion Board. CoopZone expresses its sincere appreciation for these important contributions – thank you!  The deadline for bursaries has been extended to Tuesday, October 3rd for both the Introductory and Advanced courses.

Registration Information for Coopzone Training Programs and Courses

Course Length & Deadline

Basic introductory Program

  • 1-year Program
  • Mid-October – April

Application deadline: early October

Advanced Program

  • 2-year Program
  • Each of 1st and 2nd years:

Mid-September – May

Application Deadline: mid-August

  • The 1st year is not a prerequisite for the 2nd year.


Here’s what some of the students have had to say:

The course is concise, informative and interactive. Mentors and course director are very knowledgeable, skilled, experienced, approachable and helpful. The readings and tools were very useful.

⏤ Billy Granger, SEED Winnipeg

I’ve been applying what I have learned from the course to my day-to-day work with co-ops right from the start of the program and would highly recommend it to anyone who works with co-ops, social enterprises, and those involved in community economic development on any level.

⏤ Mark Sparrow, NSCC

After working and consulting with non-profits for over 20 years, Co-op Zone training has given me the understanding and tools to finally be able to work with co-ops. During the course I had 4  groups engage me to help start or transition their co-op, and my assigned mentor as well as the CoopZone network helped guide me through it. Thank you!

⏤ Rick Juliusson, FreeRange Consulting, BC.

I would absolutely recommend the CoopZone program to anybody interested.  The course is pretty amazing in the way that it creates a common community amongst us aspiring co-op developers and several fully established and tremendously experienced ones. The instructors are great, and the mentoring system gives me the chance to have hours of one-on-one time with an expert in my desired field.

⏤ Joel Ratcliffe, Ontario

The Advanced Co-op Developer training has enabled me to connect with other Co-op Developers and a Mentor which allowed me to apply what I am learning directly to the groups and projects I am working on, in real time. I would recommend this program for anyone interested in Co-op Development as we are often working alone or in small teams in communities; the course allows you to feel part of a co-op team!

⏤ Amanda Hachey, CEC-NB

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