Education is at the core of the co-operative way of doing business. So much so, it is enshrined in the global co-operative principles. Education is a strategic priority of the BCCM – educating people and policy makers about the advantages of mutual ownership as well as advocating for our business structures to be given the same focus as any other business model in legal, accounting and commerce degree programs. A list of currently available courses and education groups are below.

The University of Newcastle – Masters/Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation

The Co-operative Management and Organisation programme at the University of Newcastle has been designed to offer extended education to co-operatives professionals enhancing career opportunities in this field. The programme will teach you fundamental management skills and knowledge from traditional disciplines as well as how such skill and knowledge can be adapted to suit co-operative, mutual, club and registered association business models. You will graduate from this programme with a comprehensive understanding of the history and roles of co-operative type organisations and sector specific management issues.

Find out more about the Co-operative Management and Organisation programme.

Co-operative Research Group – The University of Sydney

The Co-operatives Research Group provides a forum for research into and teaching about all forms of mutual organisations, including; consumer, social, worker, finance, producer co-operatives and other membership based democratic organisations. The group aims to shape and inform public policy debate on the co-operative sector and the contribution it makes and has the potential to make to social and economic development.

Throughout the year, the group hosts seminars and events. Visit the Co-operatives Research Group website.

The University of Western Australia – Executive Leadership Program: Co-operatives and Mutuals

The Executive Leadership Program for Co-operatives and Mutuals (ELP-CM) has been specifically designed to address the unique challenges faced by managers in co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs). Many aspects of the way co-operative and mutual enterprises are managed are similar to more conventional businesses. However, there are also many important differences. These relate to areas such as their governance, accounting procedures, distribution of share capital and voting rights, human resources, communications, marketing and strategic purpose.

The program has been designed by Winthrop Professor Tim Mazzarol and Dr Elena Limnios, recognised experts in the field, following extensive research into the needs of co-operative and mutual organisations. The program’s focus is on sustainability, performance, and resilience of co-operative and mutual organisations. The program applies theory and industry best practice to the organisational realities of the participants.

Read more about the Executive Leadership Program for Co-operatives and Mutuals.

National Education and Training report

BCCM commissioned the University of Sydney to undertake a national audit of education and training needs for co-operatives and mutuals in Australia.

Co-operative College eLearning Demo

The Co-operative College has worked in partnership with Upskill People to develop eLearning programmes designed to meet the needs of different parts of the co-operative sector, from convenience stores and community shops, pubs and cafes, to football clubs, care co-operatives and worker co-operatives.

Try a demo version of theCo-operative College’s eLearning.

Economic Democracy: The Cooperative Alternative – free MOOC course

What would happen if workers ran their own businesses? Would worker-managed firms make the same decisions as their capitalist counterparts? Could such an economy be efficient? What policies could be deployed to promote a cooperative sector?

This course will focus on these central questions as we discuss the internal impact of employee ownership; productivity, governance and management, as well as the external impact of employee ownership; spillovers for health, democracy, and the local economy.

Start the Economic Democracy: The Cooperative Alternative – free MOOC course