IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)

About the Project

21st century life places complex demands on graduates looking for work – so enabling students to become self-confident, skilled and career-ready learners must be an integral part of their education.

The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.

The CP’s flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of students. CP students engage with a rigorous programme of study that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills.

The CP develops students to be:

  • Academically strong
  • Skilled in a practical field
  • Critical and ethical thinkers
  • self-directed
  • Collaborative
  • Resilient and determined
  • Confident and assured
  • Caring and reflective
  • Inquirers

The CP helps students prepare for effective participation in life, fostering attitudes and habits of mind that allow them to become lifelong learners and to get involved in learning that develops their capacity and will to make a positive difference. A key feature of the CP is that it provides flexibility to allow for local differences. Each school creates its own distinctive version of the CP to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of its students.

The CP’s three-part framework comprises the study of at least two IB Diploma Programme courses alongside the distinctive CP core and a career-related study.

The CP core is designed to create a bridge that connects each student’s chosen DP courses and career-related study. It includes approaches to learning, community and service, language development and a reflective project. IB World Schools select a number of DP courses as part of the CP framework. The DP courses chosen should be relevant to the student’s career-related study. 

The career-related study prepares students for higher education, an internship or apprenticeship, or a position in a designated field of interest. Each school chooses the career-related courses most suited to local conditions and the needs of their students.


April 24, 2019 (last update 09-19-2019)