Professional development requirements

Professional development (PD) is a key part of the authorization process for becoming an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School, and makes sure that educators have the expertise to deliver the IB’s programmes.

Educators must meet professional development requirements as part of the authorization process. Consult the Guide to school authorization for detailed information on PD requirements and the various ways to fulfil them.

PD requirements for the consideration phase

Before the school applies for candidacy, the head of school (or appropriate designee) must fulfill the category 1 “head of school” workshop requirement for the relevant programme. 

An appropriate designee is a member of the school’s senior management team who will play a leadership, change management and decision-making role during the authorization process. The programme coordinator is not an appropriate designee. 

The head of school workshop requirement must be met in order for candidacy to be awarded.

PD requirements during candidacy

During candidacy school staff will prepare to offer the programme in various ways, including by completing required PD.

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 prior to the submission of the Application for authorization.

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)

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

**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.

Continued professional development

Teacher training and development shouldn’t end with the requirements for authorization—and the continuous professional development of IB teachers is a mandatory requirement that helps ensure the integrity of one of the world’s most forward-thinking educational frameworks.

Read more about professional development requirements for authorized schools.

The IB encourages schools to make use of the many professional development opportunities and workshop delivery options that are offered to help teachers stay on track.