Introducing the CP

(Career-related Programme)

A great way to start learning about the CP is to hear from a veteran CP teacher and coordinator.

In this episode of our MNIB Podcast "IB Matters" we hear from Chantell Wyten, a former CP teacher and coordinator now working with the IB in the Hague, talk about her experiences with the Programme.

In your reflection journal, record your impressions. What does Chantell value about the CP?

What would you like to learn more about?

What is the CP?

The CP is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique programme addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education.

The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

The CP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

What the CP offers students

The CP provides a comprehensive educational framework that combines highly regarded and internationally recognized courses, from the IB Diploma Programme (DP), with a unique CP core and an approved career-related study.

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

How the CP works

Students in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) engage with a rigorous study programme that genuinely interests them, while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

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

For CP students, DP courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigour of the programme; the career-related study further supports the programme’s academic strength and provide practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning

Read about the CP curriculum.

From the IB public website:

In your reflection journal: From what you have read, watched, and listened to so far, how does the CP prepare students for both work and university studies?

Subject slide for CP intro

The CP course requirements

Every student in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career Programme (CP) studies a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses.

Further explanation of the course requirements (including language development) are described in the slides above.

The CP core slides for intro

The CP core

The CP core enhances student’s personal and interpersonal development, with an emphasis on experiential learning.

The CP core bridges the IB academic courses and the career-related study and provides students with a combination of academic and practical skills.

Four interrelated components form the core and they are more fully explored in the slides above.

The CP Career-related study slide*

Career-related study

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.

Schools choose certificate pathways according to their students' interests and community connections.

More information about the career-related study is found in the slide above.

In your reflection journal: Check your school website or ask your CP Coordinator which DP courses your school offers. Which are offered as HL or SL? Which course(s) might you be interested in and/or qualified to teach?

As a check for understanding, see if you can construct a complete two-year course of study for a rising junior (in your school) that would qualify them to earn an Career-related Programme Certificate. Be sure to include the minimum number of DP courses, the Personal and Professional Skills (PPS) course and the choice of Career-study pathway. Share this with your CP coordinator.

At your school, how can a CP candidate earn the Language development qualification? You might have to check with your CP coordinator for this one.

The Subject Briefs

IB provides short, two-page summaries of many of their most popular subjects including an overview of the topics, a teaching hours distribution and a sample assessment question or two.

While not intended to provide a complete picture of the course, they do give some insight to the teaching philosophy and structure of both SL and HL versions of the course.

Complete subject guides for actual teaching of every course are available to authorized and candidate IB schools. There are also many other resources available to IB Diploma course teachers; both online and in training sessions.

You can link to the available subject briefs on this page.

Scroll down to "DP subject briefs".

Choose one subject you are interested in, download and read its Subject Brief, and then write down three observations about the nature and structure of the course in your reflection journal.

Why does your school offer IB Career-related Programme?

The CP helps students to 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.

The programme aids schools’ retention of students, promotes development of skills, and encourages students to take responsibility for their own actions, encouraging high levels of self-esteem through meaningful achievements.

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.

In your reflection journal: As you are learning, each CP school creates its own version of the Career-related Programme based on their student's needs and local context. Why do you think the CP was chosen for your school? What does it offer to students in your community?

Be sure to share your completed reflection journal with your CP Coordinator. They can support you by answering questions, providing more resources or directing you to training opportunities.

Thank you for taking the time to engage in this self-guided quick tour of the CP. Like everything in the IB, context is key. You now have the context to learn more and to better understand what you need to know.

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