Government efforts at providing the much needed manpower for the cooperative sector began with the introduction of the formal cooperative education in Nigeria when a cooperative training school was established in 1943 in Ibadan.
The Federal Co-operative College, Kaduna was established by administrative pronouncement of the Federal Military Government in 1976 but it took off in 1979 for the purpose of providing the much needed manpower in the co-operative sub-sector of the economy. The college took off at a temporary site located at the Educational Resource Centre (E.R.C) (Gaskiya Road Zaria Kaduna State).
The Federal Cooperative College Kaduna was established as an in service training institution for the cooperative stakeholders and the staff government departments responsible for the supervision of the cooperative societies and cooperative development in Nigeria and Cooperative Societies.
This college was established to carter for the growing need of Cooperative Education in the North. It started with courses leading to the award of Certificate in Cooperative Studies. The Diploma in Cooperative Studies Programme was later introduced to meet the high demand for the Cooperative Education in the North. Each of these courses runs for one academic year.
Most recently, at the beginning of the 1998/1999 academic year, the college introduced the National Diploma Programme (ND) in Cooperative Economics and Management. This is a two year Programme (four semesters), leading to the award of National Diploma in Cooperative Economics and Management.
In order to ensure the recognition of the certificates being awarded by the college the National Board for Technical Education (NTBE) has accredited the National Diploma Programmes with effect from the 2004/2005 Academic Session.
The Higher National Diploma (HND) Programme in Cooperative Economics and Management was introduced and accredited in 2008, it is a two year (four semester) programme.
Apart for the regular courses the college also runs short courses, workshops, consultancy services and seminar for officers and Board members of the Cooperative Societies and other interested stake holders.
The college has a set of well trained and qualified staff, who devote much time to the teaching of the subjects as reflected in the curriculum.