Education is at the core of the co-operative model. It is one of the international co-operative principles to support the empowerment of members and ensure that the benefits of the model are handed on.

While 8 in 10 Australians are members of a co-operative or mutual, only 3 in 10 know it.

Public awareness of co-ops and mutuals is not the only issue. Co-operatives and mutuals are largely absent from education. This means co-operative and mutual businesses are poorly understood by key professions such as accounting and law. Professional advice, therefore, costs more for co-operatives and mutuals than it does for other forms of business.

The BCCM provides education and training about co-operatives and mutuals through our own programs and in partnership with education partners.

BCCM’s courses and training

Education is a strategic priority of the BCCM. We educate people and policy makers about the benefits of co-ops and mutuals and advocate for education about the model to be included in mainstream education. The BCCM works to improve the provision of relevant education about the co-operative and mutual business model.

You can browse upcoming courses or search for relevant training in the following areas:

Governance education

Foundations of Directorship for CMEs

The BCCM has partnered with the Australian Institute of Company Directors to offer Australia’s first AICD course specifically designed for directors of co-operatives and mutuals. Offered over 3-days online.

Are you ready to be a co-op director?

A unique live online course developed by the BCCM and Westlake Governance for aspiring directors standing for election. Contact the BCCM for course brochure and fees.

Customised governance training for CMEs

Let us build the course for you. BCCM offers half and full-day governance refresher courses delivered to boards in-house or remotely. Contact the BCCM for details.

Induction education for employees of CMEs

The BCCM has developed the first course to introduce your employees to key co-op and mutual concepts. A live two-hour online classroom.

Measurement and performance

The BCCM and research partner Monash University offer masterclasses in the ground-breaking Mutual Value Measurement (MVM) framework. Discover course dates and more about MVM.

Accountancy and law

Co-operative Financials and Governance for Accountants and Lawyers CPD Course

The first course developed by the BCCM and delivered by Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ (CAANZ) to equip accounting and legal practitioners with the relevant knowledge to be able to advise clients on setting up and running effective co-operative businesses.

Executive management courses

Co-operatives and Mutuals Strategic Development Program (CMSDP)

Offered through AIM WA UWA Business School Executive Education, this three-day program has been designed by Winthrop Professor Tim Mazzarol following extensive research into the needs of co-operative and mutual organisations. Discounts available for the BCCM’s members.

Farm co-operatives

Co-operative Foundations

Self-paced six-module introduction to co-ops course for farmers, fishers and foresters.