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Certificate Program:
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Program Overview:

Texas A&M University at Qatar and the Executive Education Center at Hamad Bin Khalifa University are pleased to announce the launch of the Fundamentals of Cybersecurity certificate program.

The program will cover topics related to the fundamental concepts behind modern cryptographic systems and how they can be employed to secure data and private communications. It will also introduce attendees to the collection and analysis of open-source and publicly available information, white hacking techniques for stealth collection, methodologies for the evaluation and validation of sources of open and publicly available information, as well as OSINT best practices.

In addition, this program will demonstrate how to conduct penetration testing and forensic investigations, allowing users and administrators to configure computers to stop cyber-attacks, or at least minimize their negative impact. It will also cover the basics of wireless networks and show principal attacks on a wireless network involving the three components of the confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility (CIA) triads. The understanding of this material will allow the user or administrator to build countermeasures to protect the wireless network.

Participants will receive a certificate in Fundamentals of Cybersecurity after the completion of all four modules, and a Certificate of Completion will also be presented to attendees at the end of each individual module. 

Click here to register for the four modules now and receive a 10 percent discount. Special rates apply to companies that register more than four employees, as well as Texas A&M at Qatar and Hamad bin Khalifa University alumni.

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Upcoming Courses


Introduction to HAZOP- Becoming an Active Participant

10-11 October 2018 ($1,500)

Course Overview
Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) studies can be one of the most powerful tools your facility has for identifying process hazards within the operating facility. Do you understand your role in the HAZOP process? Are you contributing to your fullest extent?
The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center Extension in Qatar and Snakard Consulting Group present this 2-day course on :" Introduction to HAZOP Facilitation- becoming an active participant". This course will provide attendees with an understanding of why we do HAZOP, the objectives of a HAZOP review, what to expect when they are asked to participate in a HAZOP and how to be an active participant in the HAZOP process. In addition, the course will also teach participants how to read a HAZOP report and what the HAZOP report can teach us about the hazards of the process and safety systems in place to minimize the likelihood of catastrophic accidents.

This course will provide a brief overview of the role of HAZOP in Process Safety Management and Risk Assessment process and will go into details on HAZOP terminology, guidewords, and the HAZOP process.

Who Should Attend
The class is intended to be an introductory course for technical and operating staff who regularly attend HAZOP reviews or who expect to / plan to attend HAZOP reviews in the future.
In addition, this class will also benefit operations staff as it will provide valuable instruction on how to read HAZOP reports and use the information within a HAZOP report to improve the safe operation of their process plants.

Project Management for Managers and Engineers

11-15 November 2018 ($2,000)

Course Overview
Project management is widely considered as the process of managing, allocating and timing resources in order to complete a project. Organizations use project management to accomplish unique outcomes with limited allocated resources under critical time constraints.
The primary objectives of this five-day comprehensive workshop are to expose technically trained individuals with industrial-governmental experience to the fundamental and advanced subjects in the project management. This workshop is intended to better prepare individuals to understand roles and responsibilities of project managers, skills required to manage and resolve conflict, and the reporting
structure necessary for communicating the outcomes achieved at various stages of project implementation. Furthermore, the workshop also focuses on project budgeting, project scheduling, resources allocation, and project execution. Several case studies and hands-on activities are presented to participants to allow them to gain more experience on subjects discussed during the course of the workshop.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for plant managers, VPs of operations, senior and middle managers, project team leaders, engineering managers, individuals with managerial and supervisory responsibilities, and project team members.

Introduction to the Risk Reduction Measures and Layer of Protection Analysis

13-15 October 2018 ($2,250)

Course Overview
Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is a popular risk analysis technique. It is conducted after a process hazards analysis has identified hazardous events needing further analysis to better understand the functional and risk reduction requirements for the safeguards. The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center Extension in Qatar and Snakard Consulting Group present this 3-day course on : "Introduction to the Risk Reduction Measures and Layer of Protection Analysis." This course discusses the quantitative assessment of initiating event frequencies and the robustness of safeguards.

The course stresses understanding of event propagation, the attributes required for safeguards to be qualified as Independent Protection Layers (IPL), and the proper determination of hazardous event frequencies. Evaluating enabling conditions and the appropriate use of frequency modifiers in PHA and LOPA are discussed, as well as the interrelationship of risk criteria and analysis boundaries. The course addresses how to document risk gaps in LOPA recommendations, including using LOPA to assign the target Safety Integrity Level (SIL) to identified Safety Instrumented Systems {SIS). Workshop examples are used to illustrate the methodology and emphasize key learning points.

Who Should Attend
The class is beneficial for process safety managers, process safety specialists, process engineers, operations personnel, instrumentation and electrical personnel, LOPA facilitation trainees, LOPA facilitators, and PHA facilitators.

Programmable Logic Controllers: Basic and Advanced Applications

18-22 November 2018 ($2,500)

Course Overview
The objective of this course is to teach engineers and technicians how to use and program programmable logic controllers (PLCs). The course introduces participants to the Ladder Logic progressively and provide opportunities for the participants to practice on real systems from automated factories to robotic systems. After completing this course, the participants will be able to program any PLC effectively to control a given process.

Who Should Attend
This course is highly beneficial for technicians and engineers working in the manufacturing industry and in the oil and gas industry.

Reducing Risks through the Management of Change process

9-10 December 2018 ($1,500)

Course Overview
Within industrial plant operations, change is inevitable. Process Operations view change as a means of: improving operations, increasing throughput, enhancing product quality, streamlining operations, optimizing staffing levels, cutting costs, etc. However, process safety professionals recognize that change is a means of introducing or increasing risk: An effective management of change process will merge safety concerns and operational needs into a single focus on "Safe Operations" enabling operations to implement desired plant modifications while managing new or increased risks through a systematic process.

The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center Extension in Qatar and Snakard Consulting Group present this 2-day course on :" Reducing Risks through the Management of Change process".
The focus of this course is technology transfer, providing instruction on the underlying risk reduction concepts of management of change. It goes beyond the checklist requirements of the management of change and presents a challenging look at how diligent efforts undertaken by staff involved in the MOC process will save lives, improve operational performance and increase equipment reliability.

Who Should Attend
The class has been designed for management, technical and operating staff who originate or review MOC (Plant Change Request) documentation.

Continuing Education at Texas A&M at Qatar

In today’s global economy it’s more important than ever that you and your workforce are prepared to meet the demands of increased international competition. From advanced leadership concepts and practices to emerging engineering technologies and equipment, it is critical those in your organization have the knowledge and skills to ensure an economic advantage and sustainable growth. Texas A&M University at Qatar can help you achieve this. Both our distinguished faculty and top-notch research facilities are at the forefront of innovation in the engineering field. Through our commitment to educating the engineering leaders of the future, our continuing education opportunities allow us to pass this knowledge on to the workforce in the State of Qatar, the region and the world. We’re sure you will find training solutions to suit you and your employees. We also welcome the opportunity to visit with individual organizations to discuss how to best meet their training needs through custom-designed courses.

Please click here to be added to our mailing list or email us at Thank you for your interest in Texas A&M University at Qatar Continuing Education Services and we look forward to seeing you in our classes very soon.