Mastering NEC Contracts


Course Accredited with ECSA | SAAMA | SACPCMP
Students will earn 2 ECSA  & 14 PMI PDU’s

About Course:

NEC contracts reflect procurement and project management developments and emerging best practise.

Gain a thorough understanding of the terms and conditions contained in NEC contracts, the underlining principles and master the collaborative NEC way of doing things and of delivering projects.

The aim of this very practical course is to make the procurement, management and administration of NEC contracts easy through the use of templates, case studies and examples and by drawing upon the facilitator’s years of experience in dealing with these contracts and in advising blue-chip clients.

Whilst the course will focus on the provisions of the NEC4 ECC, delegates will be able to master all the contracts making up the NEC family .

Course Outline

Session 1 – History and introduction to NEC contracts

  • A brief history of the NEC and how these contracts came about will be given. This will provide learners with a better appreciation of the main differences between this form of contracts and others and will focus on the nature of the partnering relationship between the parties and how this potentially affects both their behaviour and rights.

Session 2 – Procuring a NEC contract. 

  • The section of the course will focus on the selection of the main and secondary options. The differences between the main options will be examined as will the effect of selecting or of not selecting a secondary option. Attention will be given to the preparation of and application of the Contract Data and to the importance and preparation of the Works and Site Information.

Session 3 – Role of the project manager and supervisor

  • An in-depth look will be taken of the different and distinct roles and responsibilities of the project manager and the supervisor as well as aspects relating to the management and administration of NEC contracts generally.

Session 4 – Use of the program and early warnings

  • The importance, use of and provisions relating to the supply and revision of the program will be discussed . The relationship between early warnings and compensation events will be highlighted as will the consequences of failing to give early warnings.

Session 5 – Payment provisions

  • The provisions applicable to payment, payment certificates, time for payment and remedies in case of non-payment or late payment will be examined and discussed.

Session 6 – Compensation events

  • Each of the compensation events will be discussed and examined in detail.  The procedures relating to notifying compensation events will be explained as will all aspects relating to the submission and preparation of quotations and their assessment.

Session 7 – Use of the Schedule of Cost Components

  • An in-depth look will be taken at the Schedule of Cost Components. The differing use and application of the Schedule under the various main options will be examined and explained.

Session 8 – Quality control

  • Provisions relating to tests and defects will be examined and discussed. The issue and importance of the defects certificate as well as the defects correction period will be examined.

Session 9 – Dispute resolution and claims

  • The role and function of the Adjudicator and other relevant dispute resolution mechanisms will be discussed including the procedures and timelines relating to the declaration and submission of disputes.

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About the instructors

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Coenraad Snyman

Freelance Trainer

Coenraad Snyman is a seasoned lawyer, international trainer, consultant and strategist in the areas of Contract Drafting, Management and Administration; Procurement; Building; Engineering; Construction; Oil & Gas; EPC, EPCIC and EPCM contracts (including both FIDIC [1999 and 2017 editions] and NEC3/4 forms of contract).


Mr. Snyman is a trusted advisor to many blue-chip clients including Anglo American, Anglo Platinum, Anglo Gold Ashanti, AUSENCO, HATCH, SNC-Lavalin Group INC, AECOM, FLUOR Corporation, Mea Aqua Africa (Pty) Ltd, ACTOM, Turner & Townsend, Proplan Consulting Engineers, Proxa, HKA, Hill International and various construction companies including Group 5 Structured Engineering and Stefanutti Stocks, ACSA, Transnet, ESKOM, UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MOID), the Government of the Maldives; the Sultanate of Brunei; the Sultanate of Oman and the Government of South Africa.


Currently Mr. Snyman is the owner and CEO of Coen Snyman International; Head of Training and Partner at Consultant’s House (based in Dubai, UAE). Previous positions included the Director and Head of Contract Services (Africa) at Turner & Townsend (Pty) Ltd; Senior Contract Specialist at Anglo Gold Ashanti and Head of Training at HKA (for Africa, the Middle East, KSA and Asia).

Mr. Snyman is an affiliate member of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), a member of the IACCM and an admitted attorney in the High Courts of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho.

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Disclaimer: Tacit Skills reserves the right to reschedule the course if a minimum of 8 delegates are not met.

Material Includes

  • Live Accredited Webinar Course
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2 ECSA CPD Point from ECSA
  • An original copy of the NEC4 ECC contract
  • All the TEMPLATES they may ever need to administer a NEC contract
  • Course handout and material
  • Recordings of Live sessions for review
  • 6 Month access to recordings
  • 6 Month access to resources

Target Audience

  • Construction project managers
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Principle agents
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Client representatives
  • Project planners
  • Office Administrators
  • Anybody involved in planning and managing construction projects.