CoopZone Training Program

The only training program for new and veteran co-op developers alike

The CoopZone Training Program is a one-of-a-kind modular training series designed and delivered by real co-op developers with decades of experience in the field across Canada and abroad.

The 2023-2024 season will deliver 12 courses across three training series between September and May.

Series 1: Introduction to co-operative development is an introduction to the field, covering the basics of the developer's profession.

Series 2: Essential skills for co-operative development delves into more technical expertise such as financial management, conflict management, and leadership development.

Series 1 and 2 courses include all downloadable online reading material, 2 90-minute participatory webinars and access to the recordings, and 2 one-hour mentorship sessions with your assigned experienced CoopZone mentor. Courses generally involve a time commitment of 2-4 hours a week depending on the student’s own depth of participation.


Series 3: Advanced topics in co-operative development is a brand new offering this year designed for experienced developers and co-op professionals looking to deepen their practice on pressing contemporary issues in the sector.  Series 3 courses are differently structured than the program's core Series 1 and 2 courses. Learn more by reading the individual course descriptions in the links below.



Registration is closed for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check back for when the 2023-2024 registration opens.


The CoopZone Training Program owes much of its success to the generous support of community organizations from coast to coast who were able to contribute training bursaries to help cover the tuition cost of many trainees.

Last year, CoopZone trainees received over $11,000 in bursary support from the following partners.

- Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union
- British Columbia Co-operative Association
- Carcross/Tagish First Nation
- Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation