What is CAFCE accreditation?
Members of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) first established criteria and a process for the accreditation of co-operative education programs (co-op) in 1979. Accreditation standards were developed to establish co-op as an educational strategy and to provide leadership in ensuring quality co-op programming.
Accreditation Council members from across Canada articulate and review accreditation measures as the needs of students, employers and institutions change. In order to qualify for accreditation, Co-op programs must provide documentation demonstrating the following:
- structural criteria
- co-op in the institutional context
- institutional commitment criteria
- quality program delivery criteria
- monitoring and evaluation criteria
Maintaining accreditation criteria helps build quality into existing co-op programs and provides a benchmark for setting up new co-op programs.
Institutions seeking accreditation are eligible to apply once their first co-op class has graduated. A review team, consisting of three (3) members from separate institutions that offer co-operative education, evaluates the application and submits its recommendation to the Accreditation Council for their final approval. Programs maintain their accreditation status for a period of six (6) years.
Mentorship is available for those who are interested in becoming accredited. Please contact the CAFCE office to inquire.
Accredited programs are recognized in CAFCE's directory and on its website. Successful applicants also receive a certificate for each accredited program, approval to use CAFCE's Accreditation logo, and an invitation to join the Accreditation Council.