Doha, Qatar – 1st October 2018. Professionals from Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Shell gathered at the Four Seasons hotel in Doha to be presented with their Association of Project Management qualification, after successfully completing the TAFAWOQ Essentials of Project Management course and passing the examination with flying colours.

The TAFAWOQ course consisted of eight weeks of modular, remote learning, followed by one week of intensive teaching at the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Center, at Qatar Science and Technology Park. Students then prepared for and sat two days of exams.

At the ceremony, the 95 learners were addressed by Bader Al Jaidah, Director of TAFAWOQ, Mohammed Al Marri, Executive Vice President of Projects, Engineering and Project Services at Qatar Petroleum, Andrew Faulkner, Executive Vice President of Qatar Shell, and Herman Veenhuis, Qatar Project Hub Development & Delivery Manager at Qatar Shell.

During the course, they benefited from the world-class expertise and experience of trainers drawn from some of the most highly-regarded project management institutes around the world, including: Cranfield School of Management in the UK; Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands; Queensland University of Technology in Australia; and the University of Texas, USA.

The qualification was awarded by the Association of Project Management (APM), the globally-recognised chartered body for the project profession. The TAFAWOQ programme itself has recently been reaccredited by the APM until 2022.

The graduates of the course will be able to apply what they have learned immediately in their professional lives: the syllabus is focused principally on real-world skills and the practical application of project management theory.

Mohammed Al Marri, Executive Vice President of Projects, Engineering and Project Services at Qatar Petroleum said, “I am particularly pleased to note the number and the mix of graduates this year and to see TAFAWOQ’s sustainable growth over the past years. TAFAWOQ – initially launched to build project management capabilities within Qatar – has grown over the years to become a sustainable local project management and capability-building centre of excellence with international content. TAFAWOQ has always represented a great opportunity to bring international project management practices to Qatar.”

“I am delighted to share that so far, 1259 students have successfully graduated from one of the many TAFAWOQ progammes that have been offered since our journey began in 2012,” said Andrew Faulkner, EVP of Qatar Shell. “Today, I take great pride in being here to congratulate you all on joining the TAFAWOQ Alumni family.

“A very special part of the relationship that Shell has with the State of Qatar is our joint desire to progress the country’s vision through our social investment programmes. TAFAWOQ is one element of Shell’s contribution to developing the nation’s capabilities, and in doing so we underpin the Human Development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

“I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all the participants on this course,” said Bader Al Jaidah, Director of TAFAWOQ. “Looking to the future, TAFAWOQ has future courses planned in HSSE, Operations Readiness, and Risk. New certification will be added to the already wide range of accreditation that we offer, which will better position our learners in a competitive global marketplace and enhance their long-term career development.”

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