Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE)

Dr. Gervas Machimu

Overview of FCCD


The Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE) history dates back to 5th January 1963, when the Co-operative College Moshi started its operations catering for the training of human resources in the cooperative sector under the then Ministry of Co-operatives and Community Development. The main objective was to provide cooperative education to co-operators and the public. To achieve this objective, the Co-operative Education Centre (CEC) was established in July 1964 by an agreement between the Government of Tanganyika on behalf of the Co-operative Union of Tanganyika (CUT) and the Nordic Co-operative Consortium.
CEC aimed to carry out cooperative education through distance and field interventions to members, staff, committee members and employees of primary cooperative societies. As the policies and practices changed over time, CEC adjusted its programmes accordingly and expanded its operations from headquarters in Moshi to newly established Cooperative Wings (now called Regional Offices) in both Tanzania Mainland and Tanzania Island (Zanzibar). In 1993, CEC was transformed into the Directorate of Field Education (DFE) and operated up to 2004. Then the DFE changed to the Institute of Continuing Co-operative Development and Education (ICCDE). The current ICCE came into being in 2014 following the transformation of MUCCoBS to Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU).
These offices are in Mtwara, serving (Mtwara and Lindi regions); Mbeya (Mbeya, Rukwa and Songwe regions); Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions); Shinyanga (Shinyanga, Simiyu and Mara regions); Mwanza (Mwanza, Geita, and Kagera regions); Iringa (Iringa and Njombe regions), Dodoma (Dodoma and Morogoro regions); Coast (Coast, Dar-es-Salaam regions; Unguja and Pemba Islands); Singida (Singida and Manyara regions); Tabora (Tabora and Katavi regions); Ruvuma, Tanga and Kigoma. The ICCE continues to provide education and training to cooperatives, grassroots economic groups and the public at large in collaboration with various academic units of the University, such as faculties, directorates and departments.

The ICCE operates 13 Regional Offices, which cater for, among others, the provision of outreach services throughout Tanzania. ICCE is explicitly mandated to:
(a) Promote cooperative development through educating the rural and urban communities on cooperative theory and practice;
(b) Develop skills, knowledge and right attitudes through training, mentoring, coaching and advisory service to foster effective management and organization of cooperatives and other member-based organizations;
(c) Facilitate formation processes of cooperatives and other member-based organizations;
(d) Facilitate organization and technical support in production, value addition, collective bargaining and improved marketing of goods and services from cooperatives and other member-based organizations;
(e) Enable the community to fight poverty through training and institutional support through linkages, networking, advisory and consultancy services to the community and member-based organizations;
(f) Design and administer residential and distance learning programs;
(g) Develop and broadcast educational programmed through mass and social media;
(h) Organize and conduct gender-responsive programs aimed at creating favorable conditions for sustainable development for all;
(i) Enhance entrepreneurial and innovation culture and practices among cooperatives, communities, and other member-based organizations;
(j) Establish linkages, partnerships, and collaborations in providing education and training to the cooperative movement.

The Department collaborates with local and international institutions in running distance learning programmes. The Department collaborates with the Tanzania Co-operative Development Commission (TCDC), Savings and Credit Co-Operative Union League of Tanzania (SCCULT), Uganda Co-operative Alliance (UCA) and Eswatini Co-operative Development College (ECODEC). For example, in 2010, MUCCOBS signed five years Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uganda Co-operative Alliance (UCA) to extend PFCMP to Uganda. However, due to the declining number of students, the programme ceased in December 2015, having trained 485 graduates in Uganda. In 2020, MoCU signed five years MoU with Eswatini Co-operative Development College (ECODEC) to extend PFCMP in Eswatini. In its first year of operation for the academic year 2021/22, PFCMP registered 22 students (8 PGD and 14 (PC).

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The Department of Extension and Outreach (DEO) is among the two departments of the Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE) responsible for coordinating the training, advisory services, consultancy and action-oriented research on socio-economic empowerment to cooperatives and other member-based organizations. DEO coordinates two units; one for Co-operative Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEIU) and another for Coordinating Coffee Quality and Trade Certificate Programme. It also coordinates provision of outreach services through 13 regional offices.


Welcome to the Department of Distance Education of the Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU). The history of the Department dates back to 1963, following the establishment of the Co-operative College Moshi. In July 1964, the Government of Tanzania, through the Co-operative Union of Tanganyika (CUT) in collaboration with the Nordic Co-operative Consortium, established the Co-operative Education Centre (CEC) to cater for co-operative education in the Tanzania mainland, divided into zones known as Wings, of the today’s MoCU regional offices. In 1965, the Centre started offering distance education to cooperative members, employed staff, and elected leaders through short seminars, radio study circles, and correspondence courses. In 1993, the Government integrated CEC into the Co-operative College Moshi structure. Since then the department has been carrying the same activities. The Department coordinate the University programmes offered through distance learning mode. The Department is subdivided into three units: (i) Radio Unit, (ii) Professional Financial Co-operative Management Programme (PFCMP), and (iii) Correspondence Courses.

Functions of the Department of Distance Education
The key functions of the Department include:

  1. Coordinate distance learning programmes of the University
  2. Identify training needs for distance learning programmes of the University;
  3. Register students in various distance learning programmes of the University;
  4. Identify the enrolment capacity of distance learning programmes of the University;
  5. Liaise with other academic Department on the development of new courses and programmes at various levels based on the market demands;
  6. Recommend the withdrawal of obsolete learning courses and programmes of the University;
  7. Coordinate and ensure timely production of educative radio programmes;
  8. Conduct audience research for radio educative programmes; and
    Maintain database of registered distance learning students and courses

Supporting Units


The day-to-day management and supervision of Savings and Credit Co-operative Societies (SACCOS) and microfinance institutions (MFIs) have been vested to managers and elected leaders with inadequate financial and leadership skills. The inadequacy of professionals in SACCOS significantly contributed to their stunted growth and failures. In this context, in 2006, with the technical assistance of Canadian Development International Desjardins (DID), MUCCoBS introduced Professional Financial Co-operative Management Programme (PFCMP) offered through distance learning mode. Distance learning mode is increasingly becoming attractive to many learners as it enables them to undertake studies while undertaking personal/employers’ responsibilities or home at their convenient time and place.

Upon registration, learners are provided with reading materials, a reference list and learners’ guidebook containing a timetable for submission of graded exercises, timed tests, research proposals and reports, practical assignments and writing final examinations. PFCMP has the potential to impart relevant knowledge and skills needed for the supervision and management of SACCOS and other MFIs. It provides hands-on skills required for the day-to-day operations and management of SACCOS and other MFIs. PFCMP commences in Mid-November of each academic year. The Department offers three programmes through the PFCMP unit. As an umbrella term, PFCMP provides the following programmes:

  1. Foundation Certificate in Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies Management (FC – SACCOS). The programme has seven modules (7) offered in Swahili for 39 weeks charged Tshs. 765,00/= as tuition fee, subject to review from time to time. The minimum entry qualifications are Standard Seven leavers and above. Applicants should be conversant with the Swahili language as the medium of instruction.
  2. Professional Certificate in Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies Management (PC – SACCOS). The minimum entry qualifications are from four leavers and above. The programme has eight modules (8) offered in English as a medium of instruction for 39 weeks. The programme’s tuition fees are TZS 765,00/= for Tanzanians and USD 600 for foreign applicants. The fee is subject to review from time to time.
  3. Postgraduate Diploma in Savings and Credit Co-operative Societies Management (PGD – SACCOS). The programme has 18 modules taught for 18 months. English is the medium of instruction for this programme. The programme’s tuition fee is TZS 1,365,00/= for Tanzanians and USD 1,150 for foreign applicants. The fee is subject to review from time to time. The minimum entry qualifications are at least First Bachelor Degree or Advanced Diploma in a relevant field from a recognized institution.


In addition to programmes offered by cooperative financial institutions, the Department equips leadership and book-keeping skills to employed staff and elected leaders of cooperative societies in the country through correspondence courses. Correspondence programmes are short courses running for a minimum of three (3) months and a maximum of six (6) months. The Department offers three programmes through the Correspondence Unit:

  1. Correspondence Programme in Book-keeping for Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies (AMCOS) [Programu ya Utunzaji wa Vitabu vya Hesabu za Vyama vya Ushirika wa Masoko ya Mazao ya Kilimo (PUVU)]. The programme has three (3) modules/courses offered in Swahili for three months for Tshs. 270,000/= and is subject to review from time to time.
  2. Correspondence Programme in Cooperatives, Leadership and Management of Cooperatives Societies [Programu ya Ushirika, Uongozi, na Usimamizi wa Vyama vya Ushirika (PUU)]. The programme has three (3) modules/courses offered and is in Swahili for three months. The tuition fee is Tshs 270,000/= and is subject to review from time to time.
  3. Correspondence Programme in Leadership and Operation of Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies [Programu ya Uongozi na Uendeshaji wa Vyama vya Ushirika vya Akiba na Mikopo (PUVAM)]. The programme has three (3) modules/courses and is offered in Swahili for three months for Tshs. 270,000/= and is subject to review from time to time.


The establishment of a radio unit came following the need to supplement print materials and enhance students’ learning. In 1967, CEC established radio broadcasts known as “Jifunze Ushirika” (let us learn cooperation) aired through Radio Tanzania for 30 minutes with a repeat session but ceased operating in 1998. Given the increase in operational costs, the College stopped airing radio broadcasts in 1998. Still, it was re-established in 2002 with a different title, “Tuimarishe Ushirika” (let us strengthen cooperation). Since then, TBC Taifa Radio has been airing the programme every Friday from 19.15 to 1930pm. The Unit caters for educative programmes to the public through radio and television programmes in the areas of co-operative, entrepreneurship, record keeping, book-keeping and accounts, financial analysis and management and governance among others. To achieve this, the Unit works closely with the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), community radios and television stations in Tanzania.

Co-operative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (CEIC)

The Co-operative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Unit (CEIU) was officially established in 2015, following the establishment of Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU). MoCU, as a member of HiLINE, achieved and implemented a number of projects, including an assessment of the advocacy capacity of co-operative societies in Tanzania. MoCU likely implemented research and advocacy on microfinance, and enterprise development to co-operative societies in Tanzania and East Africa in collaboration with other partners. CEIC was established by the University to build capacity of co-operative members and entrepreneurs both locally and internationally. The Unit trains entrepreneurs, co-operative members, staff, and leaders in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their primary duties and manage their businesses. In order to carry out its activities, the unit collaborates closely with stakeholders in the co-operative sector

Residential Programmes and Short Courses Coordinated by ICCE




Currently the Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE) has two residential programmes. These are; Certificate in Enterprise Development (CED) and Certificate in Coffee Quality and Trade (CQT).

In different periods, the ICCE offers different short course training. These courses are offered directly by ICCE and in collaboration with other academic departments of MoCU. The short courses are targeting co-operatives, socio-economic groups, CBOs, FBOs, NGOs personnel, local government officers, business persons, students and other individuals interested to develop their capacity in various aspects. The ICCE offers short courses in the following areas:
• Formation, management and leadership for Co-operatives and members-based organizations
• Microfinance development and management
• Business and strategic planning
• Gender, youths and development
• Entrepreneurship development and management
• Writing and managing development projects and programmes
• Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programmes
• Community organizing and intervention techniques
• Participatory development planning
• Conducting baseline survey and Needs assessment studies
• Formation, development and management of social organizations and economic groups
• Innovation management
• Agribusiness and value chain
• Retail business management
• Sustainable livelihood and community market linkages
• Co-operative Accounting and Auditing
• Warehouse Receipt Systems
• Taxation in Co-operative Organizations
• Online Marketing
• Adult Training Methodology

The Institute of Continuing Co-operative Education (ICCE) also offers a wide range of tailor made programmes based on the needs of the customers. These programmes can be in form of training, consultation sessions and provision of operational manuals to support execution of activities done individual and organizational customers. The tailor-made programmes are developed and offered based on the areas of competence of ICCE and Moshi Co-operative University in general.