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IB Career-related Certificate now available


Over the past 3 years the IB has piloted a new qualification for 16 – 19 year olds called the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). The IBCC embodies a framework of international education that will incorporate the vision and educational principles of the IB into local programmes that address the needs of students engaged in career-related education.

While we recognize that the Diploma Programme has been and continues to be the primary offering for university-bound students, we also realize that students in the 16 – 19 age range want more choice. We believe the IBCC bridges the gap between academic and career-related programmes, allowing highly motivated career-oriented students to also have the opportunity to take advantage of an IB education.

We are delighted to announce that the IBCC will become a mainstream offering of the IB, making this qualification available for first teaching in 2012 to those schools that are authorized to offer the Diploma Programme.

Career choices have never been more complex and important than in today’s global society and for each student they remain immediate and inherently local. This is why the IBCC is specifically designed to provide a flexible learning programme, tailored by the school to meet the demands of your students and your local community as well as the world beyond.

Schools will now be able to offer more choice to those students who may not wish to take the full IB Diploma Programme but instead want to relate their academic studies to their career-related aspirations.

The experience from the pilot schools demonstrates that IBCC students build strong capabilities, inquiry-based thinking, communication and self-confidence. This allows IBCC students to move on to higher education, progress to community colleges, further education and/or directly into employment.

The launch of the IBCC represents an innovative development for the IB and reflects our determination to remain the leader in international education. We also believe that it demonstrates our continued commitment to IB World Schools, to your teachers and staff, and, most importantly, to your students.

Early in 2011 IB World Schools offering the Diploma Programme will be invited to apply for the supplementary authorization to start teaching the IBCC from September 2012. If you would like to know more about the IBCC please contact