Principles of Construction Contracts

Principles of Construction Contracts
Available in two formats, get an in-depth understanding of the details of standard forms of contracts and the key components of contract formation in the two-day course, or a succinct overview in the eLearning.

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The commercial management and delivery of projects is driven by the construction contract and this targeted course will improve your ability to deliver your construction projects effectively. It is applicable across the construction sector, whether you work for client, consultant or contractor and across all the main contract forms.

It has three key themes that deliver the knowledge and ability for effective understanding and practical application of construction contracts:

  • The law – General and contract
  • The contracts – including NEC, ICC, ACE, JCT and FIDIC
  • The reality – What happens in practice

This insightful training course offers delegates the following unique combination of benefits:

  • Delivered in clear, easy to understand language avoiding unnecessary legal jargon
  • Applicability in an international context
  • Completion of the programme may contribute to your IPD/CPD requirements

This training course has been mapped to:

  • UK-SPEC Competence E.5: Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner
  • ICE Key Attribute 5A: Ability to prepare and control budgets
  • ICE Key Attribute 5C: A high level of commercial and contractual understanding and an ability to use it within own area of responsibility

The two day training course focusses on the details of standard forms of contracts and the key components of contract formation. It will also take you through the elements of English Law. You will share your experiences with other delegates and explore examples with the tutor.

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

Day One

  • Session 1 - Contract formation
  • Session 2 - Defined terms
  • session 3 - Communication
  • Session 4 - Risk management
  • Session 5 - Subcontracting
  • Session 6 - Obligations
  • Session 7 - Time and Programme
  • Session 8 - Defects
  • Session 9 - Payment
  • Session 10 - Change control
  • Session 11 - Dispute resolution
  • Session 12 - Damages
  • Session 13 - Liabilities post completion

Day Two

  • Session 1 - The nature of construction contracts
  • Session 2 - Outline of the law of obligation
  • Session 3 - The formation of construction contracts
  • Session 4 - Consideration


Dr Kieran Dineen BEng (Hons) MSc DIC PhD
Kieran is the commercial and technical director of a specialist geotechnical practice providing contracting and consulting services across the construction industry. He spent 10 years of his career at Imperial College undertaking research into ground engineering, which led directly to the setting up of a spin-out company in 2000. He has particular expertise in geotechnical design and construction as well as wider experience across civil engineering infrastructure. He has also acted as an expert witness on a number of ground engineering related problems.

The eLearning is delivered through 8 succinct modules, taking a total of 90 minutes to complete. It will provide you with a broad overview of the concepts of construction contracts and the law. The programme finishes with a multiple choice test.

  • Module 1 - Types of law
  • Module 2 - Contract formulation
  • Module 3 - Contract strategy
  • Module 4 - Standard forms
  • Module 5 - Key components of contracts
  • Module 6 - Problem solving and dispute avoidance
  • Module 7 - Course summary
  • Module 8 - Questions and answers
  • Multiple choice test


Please note that the eLearning licence is valid for 6 months only from date of purchase.

The two day classroom course will show you:

  • How to undertake effective administration of construction contracts, whether working for client, contractor or consultant
  • The key components of construction contracts and what constitutes good contract administration
  • The tender process and its implementation
  • Consultancy appointments
  • Dispute avoidance and the dispute resolution process
  • Insurance, liabilities and warranties in the construction industry
  • The English legal system and the principles of contract law

The eLearning module will deliver information on:

  • The key components of construction contracts and what constitutes good contract administration
  • An overview of the tender process and its implementation
  • The best way to avoid disputes and the steps in the dispute resolution process
  • Definitions of Insurance, liabilities and warranties in the construction industry
  • An outline of the English legal system and the principles of contract law
  • Why you should have a contract strategy
  • What is a portfolio analysis

This training course is ideal for:

  • Civil, structural and building engineers, project managers, quantity surveyors and construction professionals in the early stages of their professional development needing a broad introduction to the contractual approaches of the construction industry
  • Those seeking an understanding of how to operate construction contracts internationally
  • Graduate engineers undertaking their Initial Professional Development for the chartered Professional Review
  • Those seeking knowledge and understanding of construction contracts, how they are formed and how to work with them
  • Those seeking to understand NEC, FIDIC, ICC, ACE AND JCT contracts

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