Negotiating and Formalizing Partnerships – HousingU online module

Negotiating and Formalizing PartnershipsThis module is one of a series of 5 modules designed to help affordable housing providers make well informed decisions about partnering. Preparation is a key step in most processes that matter. Once you have ensured that your society is ready for a partnership and have scanned the environment for potential partners and selected your preferred partner or partners, you can begin to negotiate and then formalize your partnership. In this module, you’ll be asking the following questions:

  • What is the difference between position-based and interest-based negotiations?
  • What are the legal aspects of a healthy partnership?
  • What are the key roles and responsibilities in partnerships?
  • What are the different types of decision-making processes?
  • How can we create a code of conduct or terms of reference?

Topics include:

Negotiation Theory | Legal Attributes of Healthy Partnerships | What to Negotiate | Communications Strategy | Code of Conduct | Formalizing Partnerships | Partnering Tools and Resources

What you'll learn

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the Legal and Human Aspects of Partnership Negotiation
  • Create Your own Partnership Negotiation Checklist
  • Identify key terms used in formal partnership agreements
  • Identify the basic elements of a contract
  • Recognize the difference between a MOU and a binding contract
  • Discuss ways to communicate about your partnership


Throughout the course you will read and watch content, and be encouraged to engage in various offline activities to apply your learning to your board role. We know that you may not all have the opportunity to take activities back to your board while you’re in this module; however, this learning is all about your involvement with your board. Our invitation to you is to take the information in this module and make it live in your own situation.

Once you have completed this module you can go on to learn more about partnerships in our other self-serve modules.

This module is one of 5 modules which comprise the 12-week facilitated online Partnerships  course curriculum, which has been developed in partnership with BC Housing.

Time commitment

You have 30 days to complete the module. At the end of the 30-day enrollment period you will be automatically unenrolled from this module.

The learning content is provided in a lesson format that allows you to progress at your own pace. The lesson includes non-graded checks for understanding. This module also includes a non-graded pre-test and a graded post-test. You’ll need to complete the non-graded pre-test in order to access the lesson.

To receive a certificate you’ll need to score 70% or more on the post-test. You can re-take the post-test as many times as needed, within your enrollment period.


This is an online course and participants must have basic computer skills and have regular access to a computer with MS Office 2010 or later and a modern, safe browser. We recommend Chrome, however any updated browser will work. Templates used in this course may require MS Excel, MS Word and .pdf reader. This course is provided in English and requires reading and writing at a grade 8 level.

Module Duration

Modules are 30 days in length, and run throughout the year, beginning on the 1st and 15th of each month. You may register for a module at any time throughout the month or year. You will receive your log-in details either on the 1st or 15th of each month, depending on which date you registered. For example, if you register any time from April 2 to 15, you will receive your log in-instructions and access to the module on April 15. If you register any time from April 16 to May 1, you will receive your log-in instructions and access to the module on May 1.

Once you receive your log-in details, you can log into HousingU at any time to start your module. You will have 30 days to complete the module from the date that you receive your log-in instructions. For example, if you received your log-in details on April 1, you will have until April 30 to complete the module. If you received your log-in details on April 15, you will have until May 15 to complete the module. After the 30-day enrollment period, you will be automatically un-enrolled from the module. If you do not complete the module within 30 days, you will have to re-register for the module.


$39 (+GST) for members $59 (+GST) for non-members

There are no bulk discounts available for this module and registration fees are not refundable.


To register, click the large green button at the top of this page: “Login to account”, or “Create an account” (if you do not yet have one). Note: We require a unique email address for each course participant as our online learning system will not accept duplicate emails. If you need further instructions, click Course registration instructions.

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