HousingU Pathway: Leadership

Introduction to Partnerships

Self-Directed Module

If you’re at the beginning stages of exploring a new partnership, this module is designed to prepare you for partnering. Some societies hire contractors to help with this process and some navigate on their own. In either case, this module is the first step towards making sure you are well-informed and able to take on a partnership process. In this module we’ll introduce the fundamentals of partnerships, including defining terms like collaboration, cooperation and partnership, and explore legal considerations. We’ll also introduce a seven-phase model of the partnership process.

This is the first in a series of five modules designed to help affordable housing providers make well-informed decisions about partnering.

  • Online, self-directed module
  • Participants have 30 days to complete
  • Module is one of five in the Partnerships curriculum



Self-Directed Module


$59 (+GST)

Member Cost:

$39 (+GST)

Registration Start/End Date:

This module is not currently offered. Contact learn@bcnpha.ca for enquiries.

Topics include

Partnerships in the NP/NP Housing Sector | Partnerships as a Legal Term | Why Partner? | The Collaboration Continuum | Partnership Relationships | Collective Impact | Five Elements of Partnerships | Partnering Tools and Resources

What you’ll learn

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • appreciate the differences between a variety of collaborative activities
  • reflect on the role of partnerships in the context of the BC non-profit and affordable housing sector
  • compare different types of collaborative activities including partnerships, social enterprise, and Collective Impact
  • recognize the main legal considerations related to partnerships in BC

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 continuously throughout the year. You may register for the course at any time during the month or year. You will receive your log-in details upon registration.

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 registered on July 10, you will have until August 10 to complete. 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.

Registration Details

To register, click on the button above to login to our secure Registration site. Note: We require a unique email address for each course participant as our online learning system will not accept duplicate emails.

For further instructions, check out the Course Registration Information page.

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

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