Introduction to Co-operatives

The aim of this self-paced course is to introduce and raise awareness of the current, future and historical significance of co-operatives. It gives a complete overview of what makes a co-operative a co-operative and how it is different from other types of businesses.

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Course Information

Key topics covered throughout the programme will include:

  1. What makes a co-operative, a co-operative
  2. The co-operative values and principles – then and now
  3. Exploration of co-operatives

This course is a self-paced, online course that automatically tracks your progress, enabling you to pick up where you left off with ease.

There is a quick test at the end of the course for you to test your knowledge.

A certification will be provided to all participants upon completion of course.

Final Price – £24


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A Partnership in Co-operative Training

The Co-operative College and Koperattivi Malta are two values-based education institutions with a shared history of supporting co-ops and co-operators to innovate, grow and put their values into action.

To further strengthen that partnership, our two organisations signed an memorandum of understanding detailing specific areas of work on which we plan to collaborate. These include a commitment to create a global co-operative college network (alongside other partners) to share global best practice, the development of co-operative study tours and explore the potential of setting up dual accreditation for further and higher education teaching programmes.

The Koperattivi Malta is where education meets empowerment – together, we are shaping a future where cooperative principles flourish, benefitting both cooperative members and the broader community.




Course Details


Self-Paced - 2 hrs

What you'll learn

During this course, you will be taken on a tour of what makes a co-operative a co-operative and how it is different from other types of businesses. On this journey, we will explore the history behind co-operatives, their identity and their Values and Principles. We will also examine different examples of co-operative organisations, both here in the UK and further afield, and consider where we can see evidence of these Values and Principles in practice.

Experience Needed

This course is open to all those who wish to learn more about co-operatives.



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