Career-related studies

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International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) students are required to complete the Diploma Programme (DP) courses, the CP core and an approved career-related study concurrently.

The career-related study is designed to prepare students for higher education, an internship or apprenticeship, or a position in a designated field of interest.

It provides the opportunity for students to learn about theories and concepts through application and practice while developing broad-based skills in authentic and meaningful contexts. Students who complete the programme receive the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Certificate, the certification awarded by the career-related study provider and, if applicable, their secondary school high school diploma.

CRS Strategic Providers

The IB recognizes the value of building relationships with a wide variety of high-quality career-related studies providers. A number of these providers have signed a formal Co-operation Agreement with the IB and are known as CRS Strategic Providers. Their career-related studies have been identified as offering the potential to be implemented by a wide range of CP schools. Schools should therefore feel confident in considering these options to develop and enhance the CP programme.

We also recognize and value other career-related studies providers who are working in a more local context supporting the needs of individual CP schools.

The IB currently collaborates with the following CRS Strategic Providers:

Other providers which IB World Schools have implemented as their CRS:

Americas: ABRSM-Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music • ACF-American Culinary Federation Educational Institute • Adobe • AHLEI-American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute • Alberta Education • AOPA Foundations • Apple • CDX Learning • Cengage • CFA Foundations • Cisco • CompTIA • CSAwesome • ECS-Exploring Computer Science • FEMA-Federal Emergency Management Agency • iCEV • Kaduceus • Knowledge Matters • Moonlight Theater • NCCER -The National Center for Construction Education and Research • NOCTI-National Occupational Competency Testing Institute • Project Lead • State CTE • The Way • Udemy • UMass Amherst Stockbridge • Universidad de Monterrey • UPC-The Peruvian University of Applied Sciences • US JROTC Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps • US Soccer • Youscience

Africa, Europe, Middle East: AIM Awards • AQA-Assessment and Qualifications Alliance • LIBF-London Institute of Banking and Finance • OCR-Cambridge Technicals • RSL-Rockschool Ltd • SQA-Scottish Qualifications Authority • SUMAS-Sustainability Management School • Swiss Education Group • UAL-University of the Arts London • WJEC-Welsh Joint Education Committee

Asia-Pacific: Australian Guild of Music • AHLEI-American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute • AIM Awards • BSD Education • Hong Kong • Academy for Performing Arts • HTI/ICI-Hotel and Tourism Institute Hong Kong and International Culinary Institute Hong Kong • I3l-Indonesia International Institute for Life-Sciences • OTHM-Organisation for Tourism and Hospitality Management


Open to collaboration

The IB is keen to extend its range of collaborations with high quality career-related studies providers. If you represent a provider who would like to discuss becoming a CRS Strategic Provider, please email recognition@ibo.org.