Co-operative Education is a program which alternates periods of academic study with periods of work experience in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, social services and the professions in accordance with the following criteria:

  • each work situation is developed or approved by the university or college as a suitable learning situation;
  • the co-op student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing;
  • the co-op student receives remuneration for the work performed;
  • the co-op student’s progress on the job is monitored by the university or college;
  • the co-op student’s performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student’s employer; and
  • the time spent in periods of work experience must be at least thirty per cent of the time spent in academic study.

The term “Co-operative Education” emphasizes the relationship between the employer, the student and the educational institution.