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The IB authorization process

 

Schools interested in becoming IB World Schools must successfully complete an authorization process. During this process, the IB supports the candidate school in building the programmatic understanding and organizational structures it will need to implement IB’s internationally minded programmes.

DP

Global Authorization Process: Diploma Programme*

for schools that start their academic year in August/September

Global Authorization Process DP August/September

* Alternative authorization timelines may be accommodated by special request to the appropriate regional office. Schools wishing to pursue an accelerated or extended authorization timeline must meet global IB criteria and be willing to accept the associated risks and additional costs and requirements. The final decision on any such request rests solely with the IB.

Global Authorization Process: Diploma Programme*

for schools that start their academic year in February/March

Global Authorization process DP February/March

* Alternative authorization timelines may be accommodated by special request to the appropriate regional office. Schools wishing to pursue an accelerated or extended authorization timeline must meet global IB criteria and be willing to accept the associated risks and additional costs and requirements. The final decision on any such request rests solely with the IB.

DP

Global Authorization Process: Middle Years Programme*

for schools that start their academic year in August/September

Global authorization process myp August/September

* Alternative authorization timelines may be accommodated by special request to the appropriate regional office. Schools wishing to pursue an alternative authorization timeline must meet global IB criteria and be willing to accept the associated risks and additional costs and requirements. The final decision on any such request rests solely with the IB.

Global Authorization Process: Middle Years Programme*

for schools that start their academic year in February/March

Global authorization process myp February/March

* Alternative authorization timelines may be accommodated by special request to the appropriate regional office. Schools wishing to pursue an alternative authorization timeline must meet global IB criteria and be willing to accept the associated risks and additional costs and requirements. The final decision on any such request rests solely with the IB.

DP

Global Authorization Process: Primary Years Programme*

for schools that start their academic year in August/September

Global authorization process pyp August/September

* Alternative authorization timelines may be accommodated by special request to the appropriate regional office. Schools wishing to pursue an alternative authorization timeline must meet global IB criteria and be willing to accept the associated risks and additional costs and requirements. The final decision on any such request rests solely with the IB.

Global Authorization Process: Primary Years Programme*

for schools that start their academic year in February/March

Global authorization process pyp February/March

* Alternative authorization timelines may be accommodated by special request to the appropriate regional office. Schools wishing to pursue an alternative authorization timeline must meet global IB criteria and be willing to accept the associated risks and additional costs and requirements. The final decision on any such request rests solely with the IB.

The authorization process varies by school and IB programme, but typically takes between two and three years. It is comprised of the following phases:
consideration phase
request for candidacy/decision on candidacy
candidate phase
request for authorization/decision on authorization
Note: Only IB World Schools offering the Diploma Programme are eligible to apply to become authorized to offer the IBCC

As a first step, please click on the links below to access the Guide to authorization for each programme found in our resource and document library.

Guide to school authorization: Primary Years Programme (PYP)
Guide to school authorization: Middle Years Programme (MYP)
Guide to school authorization: Diploma Programme (DP)
Guide to school authorization: IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC)

In addition to the Guides to school authorization, useful documents for this phase include the Programme standards and practices, Requirements for candidacy, and Rules for candidate schools that can be found in our resource and document library. These documents are the authoritative statements of the standards, practices and requirements to which schools are subject during and after the authorization process.

First step: Consideration phase

Last updated: October 2014