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NEC3 Contracts: Principles and Processes

This interactive course will explore the NEC3 suite of contracts and its uses. You will also get an overview about the NEC4 updates.

One-day course

Wed 21 Nov 2018
09:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Novotel London Waterloo, 113 Lambeth Road, London, SE17LS
£315 + VAT


You will learn how to administer the NEC contracts, avoid common pitfalls and problems that can arise when using this type of contract, as well as considering key factors such as pricing and negotiating terms.

Course Outcomes

  • Learn the broad principles of the NEC3 Contract suite
  • Appreciate the use of Contract Data, Works Information and Site Information
  • Explore important ECC clauses, in particular early warning, programme, Risk Register, communications and compensation events
  • Comprehend how to apply ECC in practice and achieve satisfactory solutions to problems
  • Avoid common pitfalls and manage risks
  • Get an overview of the NEC4 updates

Who should attend

This course is designed for all professionals who are involved in the use of NEC3 Contracts (Surveyors, project managers, contractors and sub-contractors, developers, main contractors, commercial managers and real estate lawyers).

Course Pre-requisites

Basic knowledge of construction contracts.

Delegates should bring a copy of the Standard Contract – the NEC: Engineering & Construction Contract.

What is included

  • Comprehensive course manual
  • Certificate of training course attendance
  • Lunch and refreshments

Delegates attending London-based events can also purchase contracts and books on all aspects of surveying at the RICS London Bookshop or online at RICS Shop.


Introduction to the NEC Suite of Contracts

  • Brief introduction to NEC3 and its history and aims
  • Key differences from GC/Works, JCT etc
  • NEC and its modular contract structure

How to successfully administer the NEC Contract

  • The Early Warning Process (followed by work group activities)
  • The Accepted Programme (followed by a worked example of the concept of float)
  • The Compensation Event Process (followed by work group activities) 
    Money, Resources and securing entitlement (followed by work group activity)

Things to look out for

  • Identification of any particularly onerous or otherwise noteworthy clauses, and also common pitfalls
  • Suggested amendments
  • Common points of misunderstanding

Pricing an NEC Contract

  • Key factors to consider when pricing / negotiating an NEC3 contract
  • Schedule of Cost Components


  • Overview of the day
  • Group Quiz.


  • RICS professionals £315 + VAT
  • Non-RICS professionals £405 + VAT
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  • Mastercard

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Russ Cairns, GVA on 03/01/2018

"Very useful and informative, highlighting the benefits and pitfalls of NEC. Essential for anyone embarking on NEC for the first time."

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