Doha, 13 October 2014 – The first batch of professionals to enrol in TAFAWOQ’s recently accredited ‘Essentials of Project Management’ course have demonstrated their expertise by successfully completing the programme and earning the Association for Project Management (APM) certificate.

Four Qatari project management professionals from QatarEnergy and Qatari Diar will be presented with the International Project Management Association (IPMA) – Level D certificate. The accredited qualification is one of the world’s most respected, enabling candidates to effectively advance their knowledge within the field of project management, before progressing to the second level of certification.

This international recognition will support the successful candidates as they contribute  to delivery aspects of Qatar’s bold ambitions capital spending plans.

The Association for Project Management is a member organisation of the International Project Management Association in Switzerland and is the largest independent professional body of its kind in Europe with 500 corporate and 18,500 individual members.

Saad Al Muhannadi, Chairman of the TAFAWOQ Joint Steering Committee and Technical Director at QatarEnergy, expressed his delight at the outstanding results and explained that it was a strong indicator of the programme’s rigorous standards. “We are very proud of the four candidates who sat the APM exam and we commend them for their excellence and commitment to the field,” he said. “From the beginning, we sought to offer a range of challenging project management courses at TAFAWOQ that would focus on international best practice and collaboration. We are confident that our graduates will share their growing knowledge and experience to better serve the nation.”

With more than 300 project professionals in its alumni, TAFAWOQ has made great strides over the last two years. Established in 2012 by partners QatarEnergy (QE), Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), and Qatar Shell, TAFAWOQ has solidified its role as a leading project management centre that serves a pivotal function in Qatar’s ongoing development. Its accreditation by APM earlier this year also illustrates its valuable contribution to the region’s sustainable growth and to Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

Mohammed S. Al-Suwaidi, Senior Project Planning Engineer at QatarEnergy, explained the significance of the Essentials of Project Management course, which provided him with a strong foundation and the necessary skill set to enhance his contribution at QatarEnergy.

tawafuq participants successfully passed the exam

“We had a fantastic opportunity to learn from course facilitators who shared with us a wealth of project management knowledge that included insight from both audience and comparative perspectives. I participated in the course because it offered us a platform to examine all aspects of project management, and propose improvements by comparing local practices with international standards,” said Mohammed. “I am very proud to be among the first batch of Qataris to obtain this globally recognised certificate and I strongly encourage my peers in the project management community to take advantage of this great opportunity. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learned with the QP team.”

The TAFAWOQ method of education is based on Shell Project Academy’s ‘Pentagon Model’, an internationally-recognised programme, which ensures that project professionals receive executive education and training opportunities. TAFAWOQ’s participants gain valuable experience from accomplished project management professionals using virtual learning, work-based activities and face-to-face training, in addition to coaching, mentoring and networking.

"The course with TAFAWOQ proved to be exceptionally valuable and helped me gain an in-depth understanding of project management practices. The programme had a coherent structure and the instructors presented us with a host of practical projects and the academic knowledge to enrich our experience."

Abdulla Ahmed, a Senior Project Engineer in QatarEnergy’s Onshore Engineering Department

To enable all project management professionals to excel and receive the accredited qualification, TAFAWOQ will also hold during November and December, two IPMA-Level D preparation sessions for candidates who have previously graduated the EoPM course.

For information about TAFAWOQ and its programmes please visit: www.tafawoq.com

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