Co-op Preparation Courses

Registering for Co-op Courses

Co-op courses have closed enrollment, meaning that you are not able to register or drop these courses through ACORN. We'll automatically register co-op students for the appropriate course based on their year of study, program of study, and work term sequence. If you have questions about your enrolment, please email

Required Co-op Courses

As an Arts & Science Co-op student, you have a team of Co-op staff dedicated to working with you along your journey, from admission to graduation. As you move through the program, you'll work with our talented team of student development professionals who will act as your key point of contact while you're in their course.

There are 5 mandatory Co-op course requirements:

  1. COPD01: Navigating the World of Work
  2. COPD03: Job Search Preparation
  3. COPD11: Work Term Competition 1 & Work Place Preparation
  4. COPD12: Work Term Debriefing & Job Search Competition 2
  5. COPD13: Work Term Debriefing & Job Search Competition 3

Students in a program requiring 2 work terms will complete the first 4 courses, while students in a 3 work term program will complete all 5.

Co-op Courses on Your Transcript

These courses are recorded as credit (CR) or no credit (NCR) on your transcript. No academic credit is given for these courses and no fee is charged. You’ll also see COPC codes on your transcript which are used to record your co-op work term.

Course Timing & Enrollment

If you were admitted to co-op directly from high school:

You will be automatically enrolled in COPD01 based on your program:

Program Course Duration

Computer & Mathematical Sciences

September - December
Humanities & Social Sciences January - April
Life Sciences January - April
Psychological & Health Sciences January - April
Physical & Environmental Sciences September - December

If you were admitted after your first year of university:

You'll be automatically enrolled in COPD01 during the summer term (running from June until August). 


This course sets the foundation for your success in co-op.  During this course, you will:

  • learn about the job search cycle,
  • investigate career options,
  • develop a co-op plan,
  • create job search documents, and
  • interact with senior co-op students. 

COPD01 culminates with the application of concepts and techniques in a Job Search Competition Simulation, which brings together the different elements you are exposed through the course. 

Once you have successfully completed COPD01, you'll receive your work term sequence. Learn more about co-op work term sequencing »

COPD03: Job Search Preparation

Course Timing & Enrollment

This course is taken 2 semesters (8 months) prior to your first scheduled work term. You’ll be enrolled into a COPD03 section based on your subject POSt; each of these course sections are delivered to tailor information to your academic program and its relevant job markets. 


During this course, you will:

  • learn how to tailor your job search documents to specific jobs/industries,
  • learn effective interviewing skills,
  • practice your interview skills with a series of group and individual mock interviews,
  • meet with your Student Development Coordinator one-on-one for additional coaching and development, and
  • meet with real employers at careerSpark, our COPD03 exclusive co-op networking event.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will enter your first job search cycle. 

COPD11: Work Term Competition I & Workplace Preparation

Course Timing

Lead by our Work Term Engagement Coordinators, this course is taken while you are competing for your first work term.


COPD11 is designed to provide you with:

  • the chance to explore key topics in the work place, such as professional communication, personal digital branding, industry-specific employer expectations and more;
  • opportunities to receive in-class support and feedback while competing for your first co-op work term; and
  • one-on-one coaching and support with your Work Term Engagement coordinator throughout the term, as needed.

COPD12: Work Term Debriefing & Work Term Competition 2

Course Timing

Lead by our Work Term Engagement Coordinators, this course is taken while competing for your second work term.


This course is designed to provide you with:

  • opportunities to reflect on your previous work term
  • the tools and techniques to incorporate your recent work term experience into your job search documents and interviews

COPD13: Work Term Debriefing & Work Term Competition 3

Course Timing

Lead by our Work Term Engagement Coordinators, this course is taken while competing for your third work term.


Specifically for Computer Science & Physical and Environmental Science students, this course is designed to:

  • provide you with opportunities to reflect and share your previous work term experience
  • further develop techniques on how to best integrate this experience on job search documents and in interviews.

Your Co-op Support System

No matter your level in Co-op, there's a robust team available to support your success. Learn more about how these teams interact — and how their work benefits you.