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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.

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What is CAFCE accreditation?

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.

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.

 

What do I need to submit for accreditation?

Submit all the documented evidence indicating that your program meets each criterion as outlined in the Accreditation Application. There is a fee of CDN$500 for each application.

Each accreditation application should be submitted in a separate binder. All programs that are similarly structured and administered may be included in one binder. Any differences in the program areas should be noted (e.g., program X requires work term reports and oral presentations for every work term; program Y requires work term reports for each work term and only one oral presentation overall). The binder should include a submittal cover page for each program being assessed (Part A), and the remaining sections of the binder include the narrative (explanatory notes) and appendices such as print materials, calendar, sample job postings, etc.

 

How can I get a better understanding of what is involved in the application review process?

Contact a member of the Accreditation Council for guidance and mentoring.