In this section

Find an IB World School

The IB in


What is a 'career-related education'?
Career-related qualifications use different terminology in different parts of the world. They can be described as vocational, professional or technical qualifications and there will be other definitions in different local or national systems.
Why do the CP?
The CP provides a high standard of international education through its provision of IB Diploma courses and the CP core, and also provides direct access to local, national and international higher educational institutions with its requirement of an accredited career related study. Schools can choose or develop their own specific career related studies in order to enhance the opportunities for their students upon graduation. In particular, the CP is well placed to support the goals of educators and governments seeking to raise the profile of STEM (science, technology, education, mathematics). By bridging the gap between the academic and vocational divide, the CP can be used to provide a holistic education suitable for educating the youth of today for the world of tomorrow. The sheer breadth of different pathways the CP is currently providing to students around the world strongly indicates that the CP is designed not only for those students who seek a higher education, but also provides specific pathways for students who are interested in internships, apprenticeships, technical/community colleges or indeed the world of work. That the CP can be applied in any country for any student further broadens its appeal for both schools and students. The CP is well placed to respond to local, regional and national strategies. It responds directly to the weakness in local and national labour markets by providing specific pathways in order to create a professional and employable workforce. Innovative development of educational pathways is allowed through the flexibility and mobility of the CP programme. It can be adapted to suit specific needs and yet at the same time, provide for a breadth of alternative pathways suitable for a changing market.
How does the CP prepare a student for the future?
The CP prepares students for flexibility and mobility in a range of employment opportunities as well as continuing lifelong learning.
What do students receive on completion of the IB Career-related Programme (CP)?
If completed successfully, students will receive From the IB the IB career-related Programme (CP) as well as a statement of results. Additionally they will receive a certificate from the awarding body of the career-related qualification
What are the advantages to University entry of doing CP rather than two IB Diploma Programme courses?
The CP is a holistic qualification framework in its own right and the incorporation of the CP core gives greater overall value to the student. The IB expects this to be reflected in a slightly higher credit or tariff for the whole CP rather than two DP certificates alone. The value to the student in application to further or higher education is the linkage with a career-related qualification which, if passed to an appropriate standard or grade, will add further credit or tariff for the student's application to the further learning of his/her choice.
Is the CP recognized by universities?

The constituent parts of the CP, namely the two Diploma courses, are already recognized by most universities in the world. To date, the vast majority of CP graduates who have also completed recognised career related studies have continued on to further and higher education.

The IB is actively seeking recognition of the CP, as a distinct programme, at targeted universities and it is looking to increase the number of high quality HEI recognition statements that specifically mention the CP. The IB is using a range of opportunities to increase awareness of the CP, including higher education conferences, face to face meetings with specific institutions and organizations and through our wider contact with a range of influential stakeholders such as government ministers. The IB will shortly be releasing a new guide for university admission officers on the CP. The regional teams will also be adding more specific regional and country information to support university recognition efforts.

The IB will track, monitor and evaluate the placement of all CP graduates through regional links with CP schools and graduates and through the use of our strong alumni links.

What sort of school can offer the CP?

Any school, or group of schools, wishing to offer one or more IB programmes as an IB World School must first be authorized.


Where has the CP been recognised by educational bodies?
Currently the CP has been accredited by the UK education regulator (OFQUAL), and the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) in Australia. The IB is consulting with all authorised and candidate CP schools in every country on the requirements of their national education framework and will apply for accreditation or approval as required.


IB Career-related Programme

Apply to offer the CP

All IB World Schools who are already offering the IB Diploma Programme can apply to offer the CP. Read more information about applying for the CP .

Exam schedules

External examinations for candidates for the IB diploma are given twice a year, in May and in November.

Examination schedules

Diploma Programme courses online

Students not currently attending an IB World School will now have the opportunity to take Diploma Programme courses online

Promotional publications

IB promotional publications are available, both to view online and to download. Visit the promotional publications page for more.

IB examiners

Help your professional development. Share our commitment to international education.

Become an IB examiner