History at a Glance


In collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the National Safety Council, the College offered the one-year certificate in Occupational Safety and Health for the first time in 1988-89. Other certificate programmes followed in Security Administration and Management, Public Relations, Marketing and Administrative Office Management. The Ten Saturdays (Outreach) courses, which were introduced at Valsayn in 1989-90, were offered at the San Fernando Centre in 1990-91, at the Scarborough, Tobago Centre in 1991-1992, and at the Point Fortin Centre in 1993-94. One Year (Part-time) Diplomas were offered at Valsayn in Security Administration and Management (1992-93) and Occupational Safety and Health (1993-94). The Advanced Diploma (Part-time) was offered in Industrial Relations for the first time in 1991-92.

From 1995-96, the Diploma in Human Resource Management and the Certificate in Environmental Management were added to the One Year (Part-time) offerings. In December 1995, the College commissioned a Computer Teaching Laboratory. Courses in Computer Operations and Applications were added to the National Diplomas, and Introductory Courses were offered in the Outreach Programme on Saturdays and on weekday evenings. In October 1997, a special course lasting eight weeks in Project Planning and Implementation was introduced. Today, that course runs for Ten Saturdays, at least three times a year.

In February 1996, legislation was approved authorising a name change of the College to Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies, to reflect the wider amplitude of the course offerings and the expanded mission of the College.

As the 1998-1999 school year approached, significant changes were contemplated in the programmes and physical dimension of the College. The College began offering for the first time the Associate of Arts Degree in Labour Studies and Co-operative Studies. The 1998-1999 Academic Year also saw the offering for the first time of a Diploma in Environmental Management and a Two-year Diploma in Project Management.

The year 1998 also saw the achievement of Accreditation Certification by the College from the Committee on the Recognition of Degrees (NIHERST/ CORD), the official and only accreditation body for tertiary institutions in Trinidad and Tobago at that time.

The 1999-2000 Academic Year saw the beginning of the Associate of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management, the first of its kind in the country and the region. In response to the trade union and co-operative movements, additional Certificates in Industrial Relations and Co-operatives were introduced as well.

Handing over of the ILO Library to CCLCS.

During the last quarter of the year 1999 the College made a significant move towards fulfilling its regional mandate. The ILO, on the basis of the development of the Cipriani College, offered its substantial regional ILO library to the College to be housed at the Valsayn Campus. The official hand over took place on May 10, 2000. The College is now in receipt of this Library, which allows the institution to take a giant step in fulfilling its mission to become a regional research centre in the areas of Labour and Co-operative Studies.

In the quest to provide greater opportunities for both students and staff, articulation, with the baccalaureate and postgraduate programmes, with some international institutions of higher learning has been worked out and the relevant agreements have been signed. Other forms of partnerships with these institutions of higher learning are being pursued as well.

Signal Hill Secondary Comprehensive School, Tobago.

History was created in 1998 as the College opened its centre in Tobago with rented classrooms and office space at the Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School. A limited number of One Year Certificate programmes were offered for the first time in Tobago with the active encouragement and support of the Department of Education and Culture in the Tobago House of Assembly.

An additional centre was opened in the East at the El Dorado Secondary School, to accommodate the tremendous rise in enrollment for the Certificates, Diplomas and Associate Degrees.

Four additional Associate Degrees have since been added to the College’s programme:


Associate of Science Degree in Security Administration and Management,
Associate of Science Degree in Occupational Safety and Health and
Associate of Science Degree in Project Management
Associate of Science Degree in Environmental Management

The Academic Year 2000-2001 witnessed the start- up of a few more academic programmes, but most of all, this academic year saw the start-up of an expansion project designed to transform the College’s compound into a campus setting.

A major development came on July 11, 2007, when the College launched its first Bachelor’s Degree Programmes in Labour Studies and Occupational Safety, Health and the Environment. An additional two Bachelor’s Degree programmes were added in the 2008- 2009 academic year: Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management and Bachelor of Science in Project Management. Two Bachelor’s Degree Programmes were added in the Academic Year 2009/2010:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Co-operative Studies
Bachelor of Science Degree on Security Administration and Management