PYP authorization process

In order to implement the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), schools must successfully complete the IB’s authorization process.

This process is necessary to ensure that each candidate school develops the skills, structures and values to offer the PYP. 

Are there specific processes for the PYP? 

To be eligible to implement the PYP, schools must:

  • have at least two consecutive grades/years
  • appoint a PYP coordinator to lead the programme and communicate with the IB
  • commit to the mandatory professional development of PYP teachers
  • ensure that the student experience is continuous, with students moving from one programme to the next without any gap, in cases where a school chooses to offer other IB programmes consecutively with the PYP. 

You can read detailed information by downloading the document below:

Guide to school authorization: Primary Years Programme [PDF, 216KB]

The authorization timeline

Global Authorization Process: Primary Years Programme*
for schools that start their academic year in August/September

Global Authorization Process: Primary Years Programme*
for schools that start their academic year in February/March

 

How long does the authorization process take?

A successful candidate school usually takes between two and three years to become authorized to deliver the PYP.

Apply to teach the PYP

Using an online form, you can tell us you're interested in becoming authorized for the PYP.  

 

Apply now 

 

You can also read about fees, and in more detail about the stages of the authorization process.