What is Co-op?

Co-operative Education (or Co-op) is a form of experiential learning. Experiential learning is a chance to apply your knowledge and skills through hands-on experiences. These opportunities build valuable knowledge, essential skills, work habits, technical literacy and networks in business, industry and the community.

Co-op is a ministry-approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement.  The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject and a work placement.

Why take Co-op?

  • Gain experience in a field of your choice.
  • Make connections and obtain references.
  • Develop your resume.
  • Make informed decisions about your post-secondary pathway.

How does it work?

Earn 2 or 4 credits (afternoon or full day) which count as 2 of your compulsory courses and/or any of your optional credits. 

Who is it For?

Co-op programs are for secondary students who are heading for university, college, apprenticeship, or the workplace.


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University Pathway

  • Include cooperative education in your Personal Profile and Statement of Experience.
  • Make informed choices and save money selecting suitable possible courses and programs.

College Pathway

  • Gain experience in the field of your choice that will assist in your studies at college.

Apprenticeship Pathway(OYAP)

  • Register in one of the 130+ apprenticeship programs.
  • Start your apprenticeship while still in high school and gain apprenticeship hours.
  • Make industry contacts and gain references. 
  • Some apprenticeship programs are linked directly to a college program.

Workplace Pathway

  • Gain work experience 
  • Make contacts in your chosen field and gain industry references. 
  • Make potential contacts that could lead to future employment opportunities. 
  • Save a potential employer valuable time and money as you have already gained the training necessary to do the job.