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CAFCE Accreditation

The University of Waterloo is a member of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE). In 1979 CAFCE established the Accreditation Council to regulate post-secondary co-operative education programs in Canada and to accredit those programs which meet specific criteria. The purpose of the accreditation process is to ensure the quality of the co-operative education program. Accredited Programs must meet the following criteria:


  1. each work situation is developed and/or approved by the co-operative educational institution as a suitable learning situation;
  2. the co-operative student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing;
  3. the co-operative student receives remuneration for the work performed;
  4. the co-operative student's progress on the job is monitored by the co-operative educational institution;
  5. the co-operative student's performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student's co-operative employer;
  6. the total co-operative work experience is normally fifty percent of the time spent in academic study, and in no circumstances less than thirty percent.