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The general pre-placement and follow-up requirements for co-op work placements are described below. The variance is mainly  the result of the timing of the co-op and previous co-op experience. As mandated by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, and in order to qualify for the The SIP (Student Insurance Program) coverage; as a minimum prior to the commencement of any and all student work placements:

There may be special conditions and/or requirements tied to individual or certain types of co-ops. For example: the RCMP insist on all parties abiding to, and signing the RCMP Contingency Plan Agreement.
Dalbrae Academy and CBHA require that students that are participating in work placements "on the water", to first obtain their MED A-1 certification. More information on specific and additional co-op work placement requirements can be found @ co-op conditions & requirements.

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Individual General Co-op Requirement Outline

1st Time co-op participants, as a minimum, must complete the following prior to going on co-op placement:

All though each co-op brings with it unique circumstances and are assessed on an individual basis, the general weight for the pre-placement stage may be as follows:

- Pre-placement; 25% of final mark.
    - (10%) Students are responsible to have all Forms filled out and signed within the 1st two weeks of the semester minus the host information which would be quickly filled in once one has been secured. They must produce an up-to-date résumé and job specific cover letter once as well. Students will be assessed on their neatness, promptness and completeness of their paper work.
    - (10%) Career exploration assignments. A very important aspect of the program that is designed to have the students explore the reality of their potential career path. This portion is broken into 2 parts; a self assessment and career breakdown exercise.
    - (5%) Use of class time; students have 10 hours per cycle to work on their on line certifications and and written assignments. These periods are also periods that will in turn, be an opportunity to for co-op students have extra in-school time to work on other subject material. In other words, these class times are intended to be productive periods, not time for leisure. Just as in real life, students need to prioritize life demands, learn to discipline themselves in order to get their work done and be responsible, and finally find that balance between work and play.

The actual Work Placement weight may be 50% of the final mark, split evenly between the host evaluation and my observations. A little more emphases is put on the preparation and learning leading into the placement with 1st time co-ops compared to experienced co-op students.

Post Placement is usually 25% of final mark
Students shall have 2 weeks following their placement to submit:

2nd Time co-op participants, as a minimum, must complete the following prior to going on co-op placement:

Pre-placement;; 20% of final mark.
    - (5%) Students should now be familiar with the process and the forms. They will need only to update their résumé, then produce a new cover letter
    - (10%) Perhaps the 1st co-op changed the career choice, or the student is interested in more than one thing. The idea is that you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket, explore a plan "B". For whatever reason; you may want or have to change career paths, how might you transfer those skills or what else might be a good fit for you?
    - (5%) use of class time. The student's use of time during class is reflective of how they might make use of time at work. That includes being on time.

The Placement weight may now be 55% of the final mark, split evenly between the host evaluation and my observations.

Post Placement remains 25% of final mark

Again within 2 weeks Following their placement students must submit:

3rd Time (or more) co-op, are not limited to, are usually full time co-op students. As a minimum, must complete the following prior to going on co-op placement: