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During the candidacy phase, the school will deepen its knowledge of the IB’s philosophy and the programme in which it is interested, as it takes the actions necessary to meet the IB’s requirements for authorization.

During the candidacy phase:

  • the school completes the professional development (PD) required for authorization
  • collaborates to develop or update policies and curriculums
  • refines or establishes new processes and practices, and
  • continues to explore how the IB will be implemented in its school context.

The candidacy phase consists of four stages:

At the start of candidacy, schools will work with new IB points of contact and will receive access to the IB programme resource centre (PRC), an online platform for all IB content which will be invaluable to schools going through the authorization process.

Professional development

Completion of the required professional development (PD) is a significant part of the candidacy phase.

The programme coordinator must complete the most current version of the category 1 “Leading the learning” workshop for the programme under their responsibility. This workshop must be completed within six months of the submission of the Application for candidacy (if it was not completed during the consideration phase).

In addition to the programme coordinator workshop, required for all programmes, each programme has its own specific PD requirements. In some cases, noted below, the school may meet selected PD requirements by submitting documentation that the relevant staff have completed an IB educator certificate for the relevant programme.

The workshops listed in the table below must be completed prior to the submission of the Application for authorization in order to meet the PD requirements for authorization.


PD requirements



Category 1 “Making the PYP happen: Implementing agency” workshop

The pedagogical leadership team and all faculty who work with PYP students full- or part-time


“Developing the MYP” introductory in-school workshop

All members of the MYP teaching staff


Category 1 subject workshops

At least one teacher per subject group


Category 1 “Theory of knowledge” workshop

Theory of knowledge teacher(s)


Category 1 “Creativity, activity, service” workshop.

Creativity, activity service (CAS) coordinator (s)


Category 1 subject workshops

All DP subject teachers


“Developing the CP” introductory in-school workshop

All members of the CP teaching staff



Category 1 “CP Reflective project” workshop

Reflective project supervisor(s)


Category 1 subject workshops

All DP subject teachers


Category 1 “CP Personal and professional skills” workshop

Personal and professional skills teacher(s)


Category 1 “Service learning in the CP” workshop

Service learning coordinator(s)

¹ Teachers who have completed an IB certificate in teaching and learning for the relevant programme and/or subject (where applicable) may use that certificate to meet this category 1 PD requirement. 

Schools should note that the IB certificate in teaching and learning may be used to meet the PD requirement for only one IB category 1 workshop per teacher.  It is the responsibility of schools to confirm that a teacher’s IB certificate in teaching and learning included a focus in the relevant subject area, where applicable. 

² Only if the school is not authorized, or not seeking authorization for, the DP.

³ If the school is already authorized, or seeking authorization, for the DP, it must ensure that DP subject teachers have attended a Category 1 subject workshop for any new DP subjects being added as a part of the CP.


During the candidacy phase, the school will incur the following IB costs.

  • Candidate fees
  • Fees for professional development workshops

Schools may also wish to consider the costs they may incur relating to their planned approach to the activities that take place during the candidacy phase.

Consult the fees and services page for further details on fees during the candidacy phase. 

Documents and resources

We encourage you to review the key documents for the candidacy phase:

These documents are available on the IB programme resource centre (PRC) and the IB website. Access to the PRC is restricted to candidate and IB World Schools.


The following milestones must be reached during the candidacy phase for the school to move on to the next phase in the process: 

  • PYP and MYP schools conduct and complete at least one academic year of trial programme implementation.
  • The IB assigns a consultant and the consultancy period begins.
  • The school pays the candidacy and consultancy services fee (payable annually until the school informs the IB that it plans to apply for authorization)*

*This milestone does not apply to schools seeking authorization for the CP when the school is already authorized for the DP, or for the DP when the school is already authorized for the CP.

Points of contact

Once the school has applied for candidacy, it will work with a programme relationship manager from the IB’s Authorization team, who will remain the school’s primary IB point of contact until the school has been authorized. This support is targeted at enabling every candidate school to effectively implement an authentic IB education for their community.

The Authorization team and the programme relationship manager provide critical support to schools and educators in the following areas:

  • Ensuring high-quality service, up-to-date information and access to support materials
  • Review of school applications for candidacy and authorization
  • Supporting schools’ understanding of programme standards and practices
  • Supporting the consultation process (both schools and IB educators)
  • Providing schools with feedback reports to support programme implementation
  • Providing information and guidance on all aspects of the authorization process

Read more about the different stages of the candidacy phase: