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What is Co-operative Education?

KPU Co-operative Education programs have received accreditation from Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL). This accreditation provides national recognition and an affirmation that our Co-op programs comply with standards and guidelines. Maintaining accreditation criteria helps build quality into existing Co-op programs and provides a benchmark for setting up new Co-op programs.

Co-operative education is an educational program that provides students with the opportunity to enhance their education by obtaining career related work experience before graduation. Co-operative Education integrates academic studies with paid work experience which enables students to adapt skills learned in the classroom and apply them to actual work experience.

What are the advantages of the Co-op program?

  • Gain related work experience in your field of study that helps you acquire key specialty skills and clarify your career and educational goals and interests before you graduate.
  • Earn money during a work semester to offset your tuition costs.
  • Many graduates find full-time employment with their recent Co-op employers.
  • For the Co-op graduates, starting salaries often tend to be higher than those for graduates from traditional programs without the Co-op training.
  • Personal growth and development are greatly enhanced by real life experience in the workplace and working closely with the Co-op Instructors who offer ongoing mentoring and guidance.

What are the admission requirements for Co-op?

The admission requirements for the Co-op are different for each program. In general, students have to meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the minimum program GPA requirement
  • Apply online and be accepted into the Co-op program
  • Register and successfully complete the COOP 1101 course

Is there a minimum GPA requirement to get into Co-op?

Yes, each Co-op program has different admission requirements. For details on each program visit the Co-op Programs page for full details.

How do I apply to the Co-op Program at KPU?

It is highly recommended that all students attend an information session before applying to the Co-op program. Click here to register for an upcoming session. To express your interest for participating in the Co-operative Education and application guidelines visit the Apply to Co-op page.

Do I need to be enrolled as a full time student to be in the Co-op Program?

No, you do not need to be enrolled as a full-time student to be in the Co-op Program.

International students should review their study permit conditions and reach out to KPU International if they have questions on these conditions or scheduled breaks. They may also consult the Immigration, Refugees and Canadian Citizenship Canada website for conditions as a study permit holder in Canada.

What are the typical hours of work required to count as Co-op?

You must work a minimum of 420 hours during a 4-month work term. Most full-time Co-op work terms are an average of 30-40 hours per week.

Can part-time jobs count as Co-op?

KPU Co-op programs have received national accreditation through Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), which states that "a work term is defined as a minimum of 12 weeks and/or a minimum of 420 hours FULL-TIME, paid experience." As such, the Co-op Office will no longer offer part-time Co-op job postings. Please contact co-op@kpu.ca for more information.

Are Co-op students placed into jobs or do they have to compete for jobs?

Co-op students are not matched with an employer. Students are educated on the job search process including resume, cover letter, and interview skills through the COOP 1101 course. Students must apply to jobs and be shortlisted by the employer for an interview. The Co-op job search process for a Co-op student simulates job hunting in the real world. Students work closely with their Co-op instructor and receive on-going coaching on how to be successful in securing a Co-op placement.

Are students guaranteed jobs?

We can’t guarantee a placement however we work extremely hard to develop jobs for students to apply for. It is up to students to apply to jobs throughout the semester. We coach our Co-op students in resume/cover letter writing and interview skills to prepare them for the job search and interview process.

What kind of Co-op jobs are offered?

Depending on your program, there are many job opportunities available. Below are some examples:

Marketing & Entrepreneurial Leadership - Marketing Assistant, Special Events Coordinator, Event Representative, Public Relations/Promotions Assistant

Human Resources - Human Resources Assistant, Human Development, Employee Development & Training Coordinator

Accounting - Accounting Assistant, Financial Process Analyst, Junior Accounting Clerk

Information Technology - Technical Analyst, Junior Java Developer, IT Support Systems

Criminology - Student Border Services Officer, Employment Standards Officer, Citizen & Immigration Services Assistant

Where are jobs located?

Jobs are located in the Lower Mainland and across Canada. If you are interested in opportunities outside of BC, please speak to your Co-op instructor or the Co-op office.

When do students go on work terms?

Work terms can be 4-8 months in length starting at the beginning of each semester (September, January or May). In most cases, preparation to go out on your first work term takes two semesters. For example, if a student takes COOP 1101 in the Fall semester, you would then be applying to jobs in the Spring and be working on your first work term in the Summer.

I am a high school student. Am I still eligible for Co-op?

Students outside of KPU are not eligible for the Co-op program. Most high school students attending KPU are not in a recognized Co-op program. Once you gain admission into a KPU program with a Co-op option, we recommend you attend an Information Session to learn more about Co-op program.

I have little or no work experience. What are my chances of getting a Co-op job?

Co-op is set-up for students to gain work experience – employers understand that you've been focusing on your academics and so the jobs they post are aimed at students with limited work experience yet with strong desire and enthusiasm to develop and apply their newly acquired work skills.

When are the Information Sessions held and how do I apply?

Click here for information on dates and to register.

When should I register for COOP 1101?

You should consider Co-op after you have completed 30 credits**. You should register for COOP 1101 at least two semesters before you want to secure a work term. Entrance requirements for COOP 1101 are different for each program and are found here. Please note that Co-op is not intended to be added at the end of your program. Please contact us at co-op@kpu.ca for more details.

**For Marketing, CISY, EPT, and Public Relations diploma students, you must take COOP 1101 in your first year of studies. Diploma programs require you to take COOP 1101 prior to completing 30 credits. EPT students are encouraged to connect with their program's department regarding the best time to complete COOP 1101.
**Post-Baccalaureate Diploma students in Human Resources Management must take COOP 1101 prior to 15 credits. Students in the Operations and Supply Chain Management program must take it prior to 12 credits.

When and where is COOP 1101 offered?

COOP 1101 is offered at both Richmond and Surrey campuses and sometimes at the Langley campus. Classes are offered in all three semesters. COOP 1101 is a one-credit course and runs for 6 weeks. Visit KPU’s timetable to see when classes are offered for an upcoming semester.

How does the COOP 1101 waitlist work?

Each COOP 1101 section has a set number of seats reserved for each Co-op program. If you attempt to register for the course and go straight to the waitlist, this is because the seats for your program are currently full. We strongly advise each student to stay on the waitlist until the start of the classes as seats may open up at key dates during the semester (Fee Payment Deadline, first week of classes).

Can I still be in the Co-op program if I am only planning to do my diploma?

Yes, but only the following programs permit the Co-op as an option:

  • Marketing Management Diploma
  • Computer Information Systems Diploma
  • Environmental Protection Technology Diploma
  • Public Relations Diploma

What if I miss the deadline to apply to Co-op?

Applications are accepted all year round and only for the upcoming semester. If you miss the current semester's deadline you can apply right away for the next semester. If your application is declined you can reapply at a later date. Visit the following link to find out more information

What if I do not pass the COOP 1101 class?

In that case, you would not be eligible to look for the Co-op jobs and would have to re-take the course.

Can I be fired from a Co-op Work Term?

Yes, you are expected to be a professional employee while on a work term as you are representing the KPU. It is much like any job you can be fired from it. Being fired from a job will impact your academic transcript as per KPU's Student Evaluation and Grading Policy.

Can I quit a Co-op Work Term?

If circumstances in a work term arise that are a cause for concern, please contact your Co-op Instructor immediately. They will discuss your options with you. It is expected that students complete the full work term as is the case with any other course. Refunds for withdrawing from the Co-op work term are subject to University's guidelines. Future access to the Co-op jobs will be at the discretion of the Co-op Instructor.