Authorization milestones

The authorization process is school focused and aims to promote a culture of school readiness by allowing schools to determine their own readiness schedule, based on the satisfactory completion of authorization process milestones

Schools will work with members of the IB’s Development team to complete their projected timeline, schools should review the timeline with the consultant once granted candidacy and throughout the process based on their implementation progress.

The information below is intended as general information only. For detailed information please use this downloadable chart.

 

 

Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme 

Additional information for schools seeking to offer the CP that are already authorized or are seeking authorization for the DP can be found in the footnotes below.

 

Consideration

  • School submits interest and begins working with the IB development team
  • School determines that it meets the requirements for candidacy, including completion of required professional development
  • School informs the IB of its intent to apply for candidacy
  • School pays the appropriate fee before the application for candidacy can be submitted[1]

Request for candidacy/decision on candidacy

  • School submits Application for candidacy
  • IB issues response to the Application for candidacy
  • School resolves matters to be addressed, if any
  • IB issues decision on candidacy

Candidacy (incorporating Consultation)

  • IB assigns consultant, consultancy begins
  • School pays the Candidacy and consultancy services fee (payable annually until the school informs the IB that it plans to apply for authorization)[2]
  • School and consultant agree upon dates for consultant visit[3]
  • IB schedules consultant visit at the school’s request
  • IB issues Consultant visit report
  • School determines that it meets the requirements for authorization, including completion of required professional development
  • School informs the IB that it plans to apply for authorization
  • Consultancy ends
  • IB issues End of consultancy report

Request for authorization/decision on authorization

  • School pays the Candidacy and application for authorization services fee (payable annually until the school is authorized)[4]
  • School submits Application for authorization
  • IB issues response to the Application for authorization
  • School resolves matters to be addressed, if any
  • IB Educators conduct verification visit
  • IB issues Verification visit report
  • School resolves matters to be addressed, if any
  • IB issues decision on authorization
  • School submits signed authorization agreement
  • IB awards authorization

[1] Schools seeking to offer the CP that are already authorized or are seeking authorization for the DP pay a one-time preauthorization fee. See Fees for candidate schools for more information.

[2] Schools seeking to offer the CP that are already authorized or are seeking authorization for the DP do not pay this fee. See Fees for candidate schools for more information.

[3] Schools seeking to offer the CP that are already authorized or are seeking authorization for the DP do not receive a consultancy visit or visit report.

[4] Schools seeking to offer the CP that are already authorized or are seeking authorization for the DP do not pay this fee. See Fees for candidate schools for more information.

Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme 

Consideration

  • School submits indication of interest and begins working with the IB development team
  • School determines that it meets the requirements for candidacy, including completion of required professional development
  • School informs the IB of its intent to apply for candidacy
  • School pays the appropriate fee before the application for candidacy can be submitted

Request for candidacy/decision on candidacy

  • School submits Application for candidacy
  • IB issues response to the Application for candidacy
  • School resolves matters to be addressed, if any
  • IB issues decision on candidacy

Candidacy (incorporating Consultancy)

  • IB assigns consultant, consultancy begins
  • School begins trial implementation
  • School pays the Candidacy and consultancy services fee (payable annually until the school informs the IB that it plans to apply for authorization)
  • School and consultant agree upon dates for consultant visit
  • IB schedules consultant visit at the school’s request
  • IB issues Consultant visit report
  • School determines that it meets the requirements for authorization, including completion of required professional development
  • School informs the IB that it plans to apply for authorization
  • Consultancy ends
  • IB issues End of consultancy report

Request for authorization/decision on authorization

  • School pays the Candidacy and application for authorization services fee (payable annually until the school is authorized)
  • School submits Application for authorization
  • IB issues response to the Application for authorization
  • School resolves matters to be addressed, if any
  • IB Educators conduct verification visit
  • IB issues Verification visit report
  • School resolves matters to be addressed, if any
  • IB issues decision on authorization
  • School submits signed authorization agreement
  • IB awards authorization