PDI Approved as Registered Education Provider by Project Management Institute

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 12:30

Sulaimani, Iraq – February 8, 2015 – The Professional Development Institute (PDI) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today announces that the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, the world’s largest project management member association, has named AUIS/PDI as the first Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) in Iraq. R.E.P.s are organizations that have been approved by PMI to help project managers achieve and maintain the Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)® , Project Management Scheduling Professional PM-SP® and other PMI professional credentials. AUIS/PDI has met PMI®’s rigorous quality criteria for course content, instructor qualification, and instructional design. The Professional Development Institute at AUIS joins more than 1,500 R.E.P.s in more than 80 countries.

The value of project management skills cannot be underestimated. 80 percent of global executives believe project management is a core competitive competency that drives organizational success. 90 percent of global senior executives ranked project management as important to their ability to deliver successful projects. For a majority of companies, building a strong project management discipline is a top priority as they plan for the future. Project management provides a way to control spending and improve project results by streamlining the project delivery process, cutting costs, reducing risks and improving customer service.

PDI Director Dr. Robert Ritchie explained that worldwide, it is projected that by 2020, there will be over 12.7 million new project management roles created. Along with job growth, there will be a significant increase in the economic footprint of the profession; the project management profession is slated to grow by USD$6.61 trillion. This enormous anticipated growth, along with higher-than-average salaries, will make the next seven years an opportune time for professionals and job-seekers to build project management skills. These project-intensive industries include information services, oil and gas, construction, business services, finance and health care. As both Kurdistan and Iraq focus on new investment projects, infrastructure improvement and industrial growth, project management skills will become even more important for those seeking new employment opportunities and salary growth.

About the Professional Development Institute

The Professional Development Institute complements the educational objectives of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani by providing opportunities for life-long learning through programs and services that enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve personal and professional goals, improve the productivity of organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities. Working collaboratively with individuals, businesses and both government and non-governmental organizations, PDI seeks to identify and develop value-adding programs and services. PDI firmly believes that by providing consistent, ethical and quality programs and services it can play an important role in human capacity development for the community.

About the Project Management Institute (PMI)

Project Management Institute is the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI® family, Human Systems International (HSI) provides organizational assessment and benchmarking services to leading businesses and government, while ProjectManagement.com and ProjectsAtWork.com create online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives.


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