Request for authorization

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During the request for authorization phase, the school gathers the information needed to complete the "Application for authorization" and officially applies for authorization as an IB World School.


During the request for authorization phase, the school will update their school profile and assemble the information and supporting documentation it needs to complete the Application for authorization.

Although the school will be familiar with the general structure and content of the Application for authorization from its work on the Application for candidacy, it may still be useful to begin this phase by reviewing the sample Application for authorization for the relevant programme, available in the resource library.

The application will be read by an IB educator, who will offer feedback on the application. IB staff will review the IB educator’s feedback and decide if the school has met the requirements for authorization. 

Professional development

Schools will have already completed the professional development (PD) required to apply for authorization during the candidacy phase. There are no additional PD requirements relating to the request for authorization phase.


Once a school seeking authorization for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) or Diploma Programme (DP) (except in the contexts described below) notifies the IB that it would like to apply for authorization, a non-refundable candidacy and application for authorization services fee will be charged to the school on the first day of the month following this request. This fee will be billed yearly from this point until the school is authorized. The candidacy and consultation services fee will no longer be charged.

Schools seeking authorization for the Career-related Programme (CP), or for the DP when the school is already authorized for the CP, do not pay candidate fees.

Read more about fees for candidate schools here.


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

  • the school submits the Application for authorization
  • the IB issues a response to the Application for authorization
  • the school resolves any matters to be addressed (MTBA), if any.

Points of contact

The school will continue to work closely with the programme relationship manager from the IB’s Authorization team who was established as their point of contact during the candidacy phase.

Next steps

Schools that have met the requirements to progress in the authorization process can begin the next phase: verification visit.