New Housing Co-op Educator Training Program Opportunities

  24 October 2023

Co-operative housing federations and associations across the country are recruiting and training new housing co-op educators. Being a housing co-operative educator is flexible work that offers great rewards for those passionate about supporting secure housing in healthy, vibrant co-operative communities.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 8th. You will be notified if you have a place on the course by December 11.

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We’re looking for people who:

  • are passionate about co-operative housing;
  • want to deliver workshops and board coaching to housing co-operatives, both in-person and online;
  • have some knowledge of how housing co-operatives works;
  • have some experience of adult learning, even if just as a learner;
  • reflect the diversity of the co-operative housing sector;
  • hold core beliefs and values about co-operation and are pro-active in promoting equity and inclusion; and,
  • are willing to commit for the duration of the training and mentorship program.

Co-op Educator Training Program Details


The training program takes place between mid-February and late April 2024. It will be delivered fully online.


This program provides education and training to develop core competencies [PDF] for co-op housing educators. You will learn transferable skills, make a positive difference for housing co-operatives through flexible work, and be part of a supportive network of educators across the country. The knowledge you gain and skills you develop will be transferable to any adult learning environment.

Trainees will receive a Housing Co-operative Educator Training Program Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Course Overview

This program will provide education and training to develop core competencies for co-op housing educators. The course has 5 modules:

  1. Intro to Adult Learning Principles
  2. Building the Inclusive Learning Environment
  3. Designing Meaningful Content
  4. Effective Workshop Delivery
  5. Principles of Evaluation and Assessment

Your Commitment

Approximately 30 hours for the training course, plus a mentorship period following the course. Live training will take place on Saturdays. This time commitment is approximately as follows:

  • 4 hours on-demand/self-paced learning
  • 16 hours live training
  • 10 hours assignments

This time will be spread out into approximately three to four hours per week for nine (9) weeks. The live training sessions will take place on the following Saturdays at 10 a.m. Pacific / 11 a.m. Mountain / 1 p.m. Eastern / 2 p.m. Atlantic.

  • February 24
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 16
  • March 23
  • April 6
  • April 13 or 20
  • April 27

Learners will need reliable internet access and a device to participate in the live and on-demand training. You will also need to commit to the mentorship program as outlined by your sponsoring federation / association.

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All program fees are sponsored by the co-op housing federation or association sponsoring your training.

Application Process

The application deadline is Wednesday, November 8, 2023. You will be notified if you have a place on the course by December 11, 2023.

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Applications will be reviewed for eligibility based on the requirements set out in the application package. A short list of eligible applicants will be provided to federations/associations in each region, and they will decide on 2 or 3 individuals to sponsor for the first cohort in 2024. We also want to hear from people who are interested in future cohorts.

Who are we? 

This educator training program is a joint initiative with co-operative housing federations across Canada known as the National Education Committee. The committee includes representatives from co-op housing federations/associations across Canada.

The education program is being developed by a consultant chosen by the National Education Committee, Sonia Byrne.

If you have questions regarding participating in the training program or the requirements of the mentorship program following the training, please contact the federation in your region. In BC, please contact us at