And, while many factors contribute to initiative and organisation success, few have as much impact as the competence of the leaders. Project and Programme Management Competence is a strategic advantage for organisations that master it.

Those who attempt projects or programmes with only knowledge, and not competence, are walking a dangerous high-wire without a net. This is just one reason why TAFAWOQ is embracing the IPMA’s Performance Competence approach for its programme.

The Association for Project Management

The Association for Project Management is an IPMA membership organisation and the largest independent professional body of its kind in Europe with 500+ corporate members and 30,000+ individual members throughout the UK and abroad.

The TAFAWOQ Pentagon is very much based on the internationally recognised 5 dimensions of professional competency development as originally developed by Association for Project Management (APM).

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APM uses the five-dimensional framework to describe all elements required to develop professionalism:

  • Breadth of understanding as defined by the APM Body of Knowledge,
  • Depth of ability in line with the APM Competence Framework,
  • Achievement through professional qualifications and a portfolio of evidence,
  • Commitment through Continuing Professional Development,
  • Accountability through APM membership and the code of professional conduct.

Qualifications are an essential part of the Five Dimensions of Professionalism, and have been developed using the APM Body of Knowledge. The APM certification programme offers a progressive structure of qualifications starting from APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) to Chartered Project Professional (ChPP). APM also offers two levels of Risk Management certification for Project Managers involved in project risk management.

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University Partners

Qatar Shell, as part of its corporate social responsibility program, is contributing relevant knowledge and experience derived from Shell’s global project delivery Portfolio and from the internationally acclaimed curriculum developed for the Shell Project Academy in conjunction with the four academic partners.

Learning Approach

Our teaching methods involve a blended learning approach comprising virtual learning, work-based activities and face-to-face instruction using live case studies.


Today, more than ever, everyone is demanding improved results from their project, programme, and portfolio initiatives.