Professional development

The IB provides leading professional development for educators working in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

We offer face-to-face and online workshops, webinars, blended learning, multi-school events and e-learning resources. Our training aims to:

  • support the professional growth of teachers and administrators
  • improve classroom practice and student learning
  • develop communities of lifelong learners.

Find a workshop near you

For an overview of the fees for all Professional Development events, please download the AEM Professional Development Fees 2020 [297 KB] PDF

Workshops in Africa, Europe, Middle East

The IB in Africa, Europe, Middle East collaborates with workshop partners to offer a wide range of training opportunities, for educators with varying levels of expertise and experience.  

The IB provides two professional development delivery opportunities: scheduled workshops and on-demand workshops. Regional and blended workshops are scheduled a year ahead to support schools in their planning. Single school workshops and multi-school events are organized upon request, to accommodate gaps within the region.

All workshops provide 15 hours of quality assured, certified professional development, with an IB Educator Network (IBEN) approved workshop leader.

On-demand workshops

Single school workshops

Schools in the AEM region can request professional development workshops delivered on their own premises. These workshops can be tailored to the needs of school staff and are a cost-effective way of strengthening the whole school community.

We ask that schools submit any requests for professional development as early as possible. Requests must be received at least 12 weeks prior to the preferred start date. Please submit your request using the IB information system (IBIS).

We have published step-by-step guidance on using IBIS to make a request [467 KB]. If you don't have an IBIS login, please contact IB Answers.

Twenty-one (21) days before the workshop starts, the school coordinator must register all participants in Regis, the IB's online registration system which can be accessed via IBIS.

Once the workshop has taken place, the IB will send an online evaluation form to participants. On completion of the evaluation, the IB will make certificates of attendance available in Regis. The IB will invoice the school after the workshop has taken place.

If you'd like further information, please refer to our guidelines (also available in Arabic and Turkish).


Multi-school workshops

Multi-school events are on-demand, face-to-face training events that consist of one or more workshops organized to meet the professional development needs of two or more schools located within the same region. Multi-school events are designed to address training needs that cannot otherwise be met through existing events organized by the IB or its approved providers, and to provide collaboration and networking opportunities for educators.

It is important that all multi-school requests include a minimum of two participating schools. More details are available in our guidelines (also available in Arabic and Turkish).

Schools interested in organizing a multi-school event can submit a request online at least 12 weeks before their preferred start date.

Scheduled workshops

Regional workshops

Regional workshops are held in major cities throughout the region, offering educators international networking opportunities within a face-to-face learning environment. The majority of the academic workshop titles are offered and new subjects are added each year.

We also run subject-specific seminars, designed to help educators understand and implement the changes made to IB subjects. 

You can register for regional workshops using IBIS. Please refer to the online events calendar


Workshop calendars

To support your annual planning, the IB has created professional development calendars for the Africa, Europe, Middle East (AEM) region.

Browse 2020 PD workshops by date and event location or by category and workshop topic and use the provided web links in the calendars to register online for the PD workshop(s) that you have selected.

Download programme-specific calendars for 2020 via buttons below.


Download the 2020 PYP Workshop Schedule Download the 2020 MYP Workshop Schedule Download the 2020 DP Workshop Schedule Download the 2020 CP Workshop Schedule

Workshop delivery in different languages

The IB has three official languages: English, French and Spanish. If a workshop is given in a language other than these, the following commitments apply: 

  • A portion of the guidance provided by the WSL will be in the advertised language
  • Informal dialogue during the workshop will be offered in the advertised language
  • All IB documents, including guides, other IB publications and QA surveys will be available in English, French or Spanish only
  • Student samples to be provided, if available, in the advertised language.

Contact the professional development team

If you have questions about professional development in the region, please email the team


Quality assurance research

The research department also designs, implements and maintains quality assurance frameworks for the IB's schools services, and its professional development.

2020 - 2021 PD catalogue

The 2020 - 2021 IB workshops and services catalogue includes all four IB programmes, School Enhancement Services and other IB products.