School of Project Management to be re-launched in Azerbaijan

16 March 2017

BP and its co-venturers in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), Shah Deniz (SD), and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) are pleased to announce the re-launch of the School of Project Management (SPM) in Azerbaijan. 

The SPM was first initiated in 2010 to meet the needs of the country’s private and public sectors in development of local project management capabilities and skills.  To that end, the project was specifically designed to provide national managers access to an international, globally-recognized, comprehensive project management programme. 

The programme aims to achieve simultaneous goals of improving immediate project management performance and establishing long-term project management capability in the country. 

The SPM curriculum consists of seven modules - Managing Projects, Project Leadership, Management and Communication, Risk Management, Scheduling and Cost Control, Quality for Project Managers, Project Management Applications, and Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Preparation. 

The full SPM programme leads to globally-recognized qualification of "Masters Certificate in Project Management", awarded by the George Washington University. 

The re-launched SPM project will be implemented in collaboration with Baku Higher Oil School who will partner with “Twenty Eighty Strategy Execution” - a leading international project management training and solutions company, as the implementing party. Under the agreement, Baku Higher Oil School will make its facilities available for the programme and will provide operational support.

The current plan is to launch two training streams with a total number of 50 participants. It is also planned to nationalise the SPM programme developing national instructors capable of training qualified local project managers to George Washing University certification. 

The duration of the re-launched SPM project is 18 months commencing in March 2017 with a value of $214,000. The total value of the project since start is $2,2 million.

During its 5-year existence until 2015, SPM successfully trained 325 representatives of 114 private and public sector organizations. Of these 312 graduated as George Washington University Associates and 282 qualified for Masters Certificates.

Further information: Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku. 
Telephone: (+994 12) 599 45 57