CoopZone Training Program
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.
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.
I had such a good talk with him (Marty Frost) and next week we are discussing governance, I can't wait. It is wonderful that I have been able to connect with the coopzone people. Thanks for your support in all of this.
CoopZone has a good Training Program for it brings people of different backgrounds together to share and learn lessons from each other on cooperative development. The program is indeed training the next generation of co-op developers in Canada and across the world. The current cohort of participants/students are diverse from 7 different countries and this brings a wealth of experience from across the globe. The training program is cost-effective for each student who studies from his or her home country. I like the training because of continuous self-assessment and training, in consultation with my mentor. The mentor is accountable to each student assigned to him or her by ensuring that the training program complies with all the competency gaps that the student may have, and there is no compromise on deliverables. There is transparency in the feedback during the zoom meetings and freedom of expression when discussing with fellow students, facilitators and mentors. The training facilitators give an opportunity to each participant to ask questions relevant to his or her country in regard to cooperative development and this is possible because of the flexibility of the facilitators. The program allows the students to access the best network of cooperative developers in the world at zero cost. The training methodology is awesome because it is participatory and inclusive. The training materials shared are comprehensive and practical enough to address each country's cooperative issues. The cooperative training and delivery of training materials are friendly and cost effective to the students. Finally, the CoopZone is an excellent and enriching training program for it imparts skills and knowledge to the participants across the globe.