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Co-op Program Directory

The Co-operative Education Directory is a comprehensive listing of the post-secondary co-operative education programs of member institutions in Canada.



Ending with a Work Term

Is it possible for a co-op program to end on a work term?

College and university co-op and co-op internship programs ending with a work term are not eligible for accreditation. Accredited programs must begin and end with an academic term in order to allow for integration between co-op and academic terms, analysis of the work experience and to prepare for graduate employment.

Are there exceptions to this rule?

CAFCE Accreditation allows for individual student special circumstances such as a student health issues. An exception is also allowed when a program’s number of work terms exceeds the minimum requirement. The ratio of work terms to academic terms is 30%, so co-op programs with eight (8) academic terms require three (3) work terms. In such a circumstance, programs having a fourth work term may end on the final work term since it is not required for accreditation.