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Mastering the GCC 2015 Contract and  Subcontract in South Africa

Presented by: Dr. Daniel Basch

Accredited Live Interactive Webinar

The option to pay for this course in installments is available.

In 2023, we will start accommodating international professionals by offering course options in their local time zones based on location. For more information, go to the 'Request Quotation' page. 

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What's the importance of CPD Points and why should you earn them.

Tacit Skills offers courses that are accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, which are a way to measure and demonstrate your commitment to professional development. These points are often required by professional organizations and regulatory bodies to maintain your membership or certification. By completing CPD activities, such as taking courses, you can gain new skills, knowledge, and expertise that can help you perform your job duties more effectively and efficiently. Earning CPD points also shows that you are committed to staying current and engaged in your field, and can be used as evidence of ongoing learning when seeking promotions or new job opportunities. Overall, CPD points are an important tool for helping professionals maintain their competence and provide high-quality services.

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Why Evening Sessions

Tacitskills is a company that caters to busy professionals by offering live interactive courses that take place in the evenings between 19:00 and 22:00. This allows professionals to continue working on important projects during the day and complete the course in the evenings. To make the most of their time, the courses are split into 3 hour sessions per evening, rather than requiring professionals to take time off work to attend full-day training sessions. Tacitskills understands that times can be tough and is committed to accommodating professionals by working around their schedules.

Attending International Professionals

For international professionals attending our courses, we have taken timezone differences into consideration and designed a schedule based on your location to accommodate the time differences

About This Course

This course is accredited and approved by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). On Completion professionals will earn 2 ECSA CPD Points, as well as PMI Certificate holders will be eligible to claim 14 PDUs from the Project Management Institute (PMI). This online live course will cover the GCC 2015 contract, including the new GCC Subcontract and Simplified Form, and provide an overview of how the subcontract relates to the main contract and what the Simplified Form excludes. The pros and cons of the SAICE suite will be discussed with participants to provide a critical appreciation of the forms. SAICE, the South African Institution of Civil Engineers, is the author of the CIDB-approved GCC 2015 (General Condition of Contract for Civil Engineering Works 3rd Edition). GCC forms of contract, commonly used for civil work such as the construction of roads, bridges, and aqueducts, are prepared with the employer taking responsibility for the design of the works and the work being carried out on a re-measurable basis, although the contractual arrangement may vary. Poor contract administration and management is the leading cause of disputes, making it essential for users of GCC contracts to gain a thorough understanding of its terms to avoid mistakes when administering the contract.


By learning about GCC contracts, you can improve your understanding of the legal and financial aspects of construction projects and better protect your interests as a contractor or employer. In addition, understanding GCC contracts can help you to more effectively negotiate and manage construction projects, reducing the risk of disputes and ensuring successful project outcomes. With the increasing importance of effective contract management in the construction industry, understanding GCC contracts is a valuable skill that can enhance your career prospects and improve your ability to successfully navigate complex construction projects. GCC contracts are likely to continue to be widely used in the construction industry, although they may evolve over time as the industry changes and new forms of contracts are developed. It is important for professionals in the construction industry to stay up-to-date with developments in contract law and to be open to new forms of contracts as they emerge.

Obtain your certificate and differentiate yourself from others

Additionally, earning a certificate in GCC 2015 Contracts can help you advance your career and potentially open up new job opportunities. Many employers prioritize hiring candidates with advanced training and certifications, and having a certificate in GCC 2015 Contracts can make you a more attractive candidate for these positions. Overall, earning a certificate in GCC 2015 Contracts can be a valuable investment in your career and can help you stand out to prospective employers.

A detailed look at the course contents that will be covered:

  • Introduction to the GCC family of contracts. The similarities and differences between the various GCC contracts (e.g. GCC Main Contract, Subcontract, Simplified Form, and Short form of Contract) will be highlighted and demonstrated, as well as criteria to consider when selecting the appropriate contract type.

  • Putting the contract together. The correct way to draft, prepare, and complete the various documents forming the contract will be discussed and demonstrated, as well as the preparation and use of the program.

  • Role of the Employer's Agent in administering the contract. An in-depth look will be taken at the role and responsibilities of the Employer's Agent and the Employer's Agent's Representative, including the making of determinations, issuing of certificates, issuing of instructions, etc.

  • Preparation and use of the program. The provisions of the contract relating to the preparation and revision of the Contractor's program will be discussed.

  • Payment provisions. The procedure for submitting applications for interim and final payments, the applicable payment procedures, and payment terms will be discussed.

  • Variations. The reasons for and extent of variations that may be ordered will be discussed, as well as the procedures to follow in dealing with the time and cost implications of variations. The clauses applicable to the valuation of work that has been executed due to variations will be investigated.

  • Contractor's claims for a revision of the Due Completion Date and/or for the payment of additional cost. The procedures for notification and submission of claims for additional time and cost will be discussed, with a focus on reasons for the prevalence and high incidence of claims and how to avoid disputes about claims. The manner in which claims must be quantified and the use and value of contemporary and other records will be covered. Issues relevant to claims (e.g. current delays, the Delay and Disruption Protocol, various Heads of claims, etc.) will be touched upon, as well as events giving the Contractor a right to claim, including delays attributable to the employer and excepted risks. Attention will also be given to claims that may arise due to COVID-19 and lockdowns. Tips and guidance on how to prepare and submit claims correctly to reduce the risk of rejection or dismissal will be provided, as well as information on how the Employer's Agent must respond to, treat, and assess claims submitted by contractors.

  • Quality control. Provisions relating to quality control, defective workmanship, liability for errors in design, tests, taking-over of the Works, etc. will be discussed.

  • Termination & dispute resolution and claims. The grounds for termination as well as termination procedures will be discussed. The dispute resolution mechanisms and forums responsible for the hearing and resolution of disputes will also be covered during this session.

What are the learning objectives of this course and how can they be applied to your job. 

This course aims to teach participants how to prepare the various contract documents that make up the GCC 2015 contract and understand the role and responsibilities of the Employer's Representative. Participants will learn about the provisions relating to giving instructions and notices, as well as the requirements for preparing and revising the program. The course will cover how to deal effectively with variations, understand the procedures for bringing and submitting claims, and deal with defective work and the certification process leading up to the taking-over of the works. Participants will also learn about the payment provisions and how to quantify the value of work executed using the Bill of Quantities or Schedule of Payments. The course will also cover how to handle and notify disputes, and understand the grounds for and procedures applicable to the termination of the contract. By attending this course, participants will become more proficient in their role as the employer's representative and gain practical knowledge and know-how to avoid common mistakes in procuring, administering, and managing GCC forms of contracts

The future GCC Contracts in the Construction Industry and why this is an important skill to have

It is likely that GCC contracts will continue to be widely used in the construction industry in South Africa and potentially other regions as well. These contracts have a long history and have been regularly updated to reflect changing industry standards and best practices. As such, they have become a well-established and widely accepted form of contract in the industry.

However, it is also possible that GCC contracts may evolve over time as the industry continues to change and new forms of contracts are developed. For example, the use of technology in construction, such as building information modeling (BIM) and project management software, may lead to the development of new forms of contracts that better reflect the changing nature of the industry. It is important for professionals in the construction industry to stay up-to-date with developments in contract law and to be open to new forms of contracts as they emerge

Accreditation earned on completion of this course:

Earning ECSA CPD points is valuable for professionals in the construction industry as it demonstrates their commitment to staying current and continuing their professional development. By completing this course and earning ECSA CPD points, professionals can showcase their dedication to best practices and expertise in Lean and Agile Principles.


Upon completing this course, professionals will earn 2 ECSA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point and 14 Project Management Institute (PMI) Professional Development Units (PDUs) for PMP certificate holders. 

Recordings of the live sessions will be made available for attending delegates who miss a session due to load shedding. Please note that the course live sessions must be attended in order to qualify for your certificate. Recordings are only for review purposes.

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What's included in this course


2 ECSA CPD Points

Upon successful completion of this course, professionals will be eligible to earn CPD points from the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). These points are important for maintaining professional status and demonstrating a commitment to ongoing learning and development


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a certificate that you can add to your portfolio and showcase to prospective companies looking to hire professionals. This certificate can demonstrate your skills and knowledge, and help you stand out in the job market.


Live Online Training

A live webinar training is an interactive course that is conducted online in real-time. It allows professionals to participate remotely and engage with the instructor and other attendees through audio, video, and text-based communication. This accredited course will provide attendees with 3 months of access to recordings for review purposes after the live session has ended

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Instalment Option

The option to pay for this course in two installments is available for professionals. The full balance must be paid in full seven days prior to the start of the course. If the balance is not paid before the start of the course, the delegate will not be permitted to attend the course and no refunds will be issued. It is important to note that all installment options are non-refundable. ,Please note that the installment option is only valid for professionals who register for the course more than two months in advance. If you register for the course less than two months in advance and have only one month remaining until the start of the course, the installment option will not be available and you will need to pay the full price.

Pricing Options

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Webinar Option

Live Online Interactive Webinar

4 Evening Sessions (18:00 - 21:00)

Course Cost: ZAR 3,499

This course is perfect for busy professionals who want to balance work commitments and professional development. With evening sessions from 18:00 to 21:00 (CAT). It's an ideal opportunity to enhance skills while staying engaged in ongoing projects at work.


What's included in this course

  • CPD Points 

  • Certificate

  • Course Material

  • Trainer Support

  • Additional Resources

  • 14 hours of instructor-led training.


Classroom Option

Live Interactive In-Person Training
(2 Days Training from 08:00 - 16:00)

Course Cost: ZAR 8,499


Join us for an immersive and world-class classroom training opportunity designed for busy professionals like you. With our 2 Day classroom sessions from 08:00 to 16:00 at the Protea Hotel, you can step out of the office and experience top-notch training while enjoying perks like breakfast, lunch buffet, and free WiFi.

What's included in this course

  • CPD Points 

  • Certificate

  • Course Material

  • Trainer Support

  • Additional Resources

  • Buffet Lunch

  • Breakfast

  • Snacks and Drinks

  • Free Secure Parking

  • Free Wifi


Your Instructor

Dr. Daniel Basch

Daniel is an accomplished individual who holds LLB, BComm (Hons) and BEng (Hons) degrees from DMU. He is a skilled trainer and facilitator who has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which he uses to not only teach but also relate to others. He has a strong ability to think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively, making him a proficient and engaging speaker. Throughout his career, Daniel has held various roles, including teacher, CEO of training companies, and lecturer at multiple universities. He has also been a member of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and the CompTia association, both of which value professionalism and ethical principles. Daniel has received extensive training in various fields, including overhead conductors, motor control gear, and Microsoft packages. He has a proven track record of successfully facilitating courses and modules on a wide range of topics, including business management, financial management, SAP, environmental management, payroll, and VAT. Daniel is known for his dedication to professional standards and his strong social and ethical principles

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South Africa 2176

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Company Information

Tacit Skills is an registered CPD Accredited Training Provider

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CSD: 2022/568336/07

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