Take an online course

If you want to learn more about co-operatives, you’re in the right place.

Our online courses are designed to give you the basic information you need, whether you’re thinking about starting a co-op, you’re involved in governing a co-op, or you just want to learn more about this unique and useful business structure.


  • Good Governance Matters

    Learn the core features of good governance: how to work together, plan for the future, and build legitimacy.

  • All About

    What is a co-op? How does it work?  What are the benefits of using this business model? Start with the basics.

  • Co-ops in

    Designed for federal government employees, this is an introduction to co-ops and their place in Canada’s economy.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Governance Matters course offered by Co-operatives First. The course provided a solid background on governance generally and specific examples of good governance practices in co-operatives. It is uncommon to find governance training specific to co-operatives so this was refreshing.”

Janet Taylor (Corporate Secretary)

Libro Credit Union

“The Good Governance Matters Course was a valuable course. I shared it with the [Arctic Co-operatives Limited] Senior Leadership Team. If it ever comes up again, I highly recommend others to take it.”

Mary Nirlungayuk (Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Corporate Services)

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

“The online course, Good Governance Matters was very informative, easy to navigate and discussed issues relevant to our needs as a Board of Directors. This course is a great tool for boards to build their knowledge to become strong, strategic boards.”

Lori Sanders (President)

Sherwood Co-op

“This course has greatly increased my understanding of what good governance could/should look like and how each part (boards, management, members) plays a vital role in the co-operative’s success.”


“This course was highly enjoyable, and relevant to working in not only the co-op space, but with any group that needs to make decisions.”