Rules & Guidelines

IBO has two major “legal” texts that all IBO members agree to and work with. These rules are enacted by the IBO Steering Committee.

The IBO Articles of Association describe how the IBO association works. These rules tell us, for example, who can become an IBO member or how we attain decisions.
The IBO Operational Guidelines describe all aspects relevant for the annual competition. They list, for example, items that have to be provided by an IBO host country.

Please note that IBO currently does not have an official syllabus document. Relevant information about IBO exam contents are included in the Operational Guidelines. This document provides topics for the theoretical exams and a list of practical skills to be assessed in the practicals.

In addition to these two major documents, we provide further guiding documents to help orientation, especially for the hosts.

Do you have specific questions about how IBO works? This section takes you to IBO rules and guidelines that are followed by the host country and all participating countries.

The rule booklets

Articles of Association

[PDF, 250.4KB]

IBO Operational Guidelines v.4

[PDF, 398.5KB]

Supportive documents

Guidelines for the host country

[PDF, 394.7KB]

Designing a reliable IBO Theory

[PDF, 1.4MB]

IBO Workflow Charts

[PDF, 1.2MB]

Closing Ceremony - 34th IBO 2023 UAE

Opening Ceremony - 34th IBO 2023 UAE