Gain practical skills
Co-op positions help you to develop practical skills that can't be taught in a classroom environment. Upon graduating, you realize that your professional development gives you a great advantage. This sets you ahead of the competition when applying for your ideal job.
Work term transfer
If you are a student with a recognized co-op work term from another accredited post-secondary institution, you may apply for transfer credit for one work term. You may apply in writing for work term transfer credit during your initial academic term within the BCom program. The work term for which you wish to receive transfer credit must meet the following criteria:
- paid employment
- written final report submitted
- supervised by a Co-op Practitioner at the institution in question
- 12 weeks minimum full-time work
- work must have been applicable to the program you were in at the time
If your previous work term meets the criteria, you must apply for transfer credit by November 15. However, please contact a Placement Coordinator by September 30 to indicate your intention to apply for transfer credit. This way, if it is determined your work term is not transferable, you will still have the opportunity to use that experience to challenge for work term credit.
- Write a one page statement demonstrating how your work term meets the above criteria
- Attach a copy of your transcript (unofficial is acceptable) from the institution where you completed the work term.
List of approved institutions & courses for Co-op Transfer Credit*
|College||Program||Course title||Course code||Grade|
|Camosun||Hotel & Restaurant Administration||Co-operative work experience||HMGT 101, 201||S|
|Langara||Accounting||Co-operative work placement I||Coop 2301||S & letter grade|
|SAIT||Hotel & Restaurant Management||Professional internship||Pint 205||P|
|Vancouver Island University||Hospitality||Co-operative Industry Education Placement||HOST 102, 202||CR|
List of courses not accepted for Co-op Transfer Credit
|College||Program||Course Title||Course Code||Grade|
|Douglas College||Hotel & Restaurant Management||Nothing entered on transcript|
|VCC||Hospitality Management||Industry Work Experience||HOSP 2245||S|
|George Brown||Hotel Management||Industry Mentor/Internship||HOST 2038|
|Algonquin College, Ottawa||Hotel & Restaurant Management|
*There may be other institutions and programs from which we can accept transfer credit for a co-op work term. If students would like to transfer a work term from an institution or program that is not listed here, please check with the Placement Coordinator
Work term challenge
If you are a third year BCom student enrolled in COM 204 in Fall 2013, or a second year student that took COM 204 in Fall 2012 and yet to complete your first work term, you have the option to submit the first work term as a work term challenge in September 2013 and then complete the other two as regular work terms. The following information is intended to explain how to receive credit for work experience completed prior to entering the BCom program.
You must meet the following criteria to be considered for work term credit by challenge:
- You must have developed professional and personal competencies such as:
- Problem solving
- Organizing/managing self and others
- Written/verbal communication
- Interpersonal relations
- Initiative and self-reliance
- Industry/job specific
- The work must be related to your business studies
- The work should have helped you establish and achieve your career goals
- The work was supervised
- The work must total a minimum of 420 hours
- The work must have been paid
- Work Term Challenge Application Form - this is a fillable pdf form; however it must be printed and signed by you (due September 30)
- Work Term Challenge Evaluation Form - to be completed and submitted online by the employer (due September 30)
- Employment Confirmation Letter – includes written confirmation of your employment and the total number of hours that you worked, submitted on company letterhead (due September 30)
The Business Co-op office will pre-approve the applications and notify the result to you by e-mail by October 15, informing you whether or not your application package has been approved. Upon approval, you may then begin to write your work term challenge report.
Work Term Challenge Report (due November 15):
This is a formal report on the nature of your work experience, skills developed, how the experience relates to the BCom program, your career objectives, and recommendations about the work term. For complete guidelines, please see Work Term Challenge Report Guidelines.
A notification will be sent to after the work term challenge report deadline of November 15, informing you if the report is marked as "satisfactory" or if it requires revisions.
Approved work term challenges are registered by Records Services for the Spring (January – April) term.
Approved work term challenges will receive a satisfactory a grade of "COM" that is entered on the your transcript by Records Services after February 28.
If you have further questions about challenging a work term, please contact the Placement Coordinator.