Since its establishment in 1976, the IAOP has seen its highest priority as formation. Noviciates and Studentates are considered as Inter-African Centres for Formation; and the IAOP encourages the regrouping of students in philosophy and theology in these centres. Institutional studies up until ordination are done in Africa. One counsellor of the Coordinating Committee of IAOP is in charge of formation. His role is to take responsibility for promoting collaboration and sharing information regarding formation, including the respective Rationes Formationis Particularis, for organising student meetings, and for promoting on-going formation of formators.