Timeline and stages

The authorization process varies by school and IB programme, but typically takes between two and three years.

 It comprises the following phases:

Global authorization process

Below, you can view global authorization timelines for each programme.

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

DP authorisation process

* 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

* 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.

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Global Authorization Process: Middle Years Programme*
for schools that start their academic year in 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

* 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.

PYP logo

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

* 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.