NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) - Advanced Practitioner's Course


This course builds on the introductory course and provides a detailed analysis of the ECC's more important clauses. This course has been designed for those working with the contract to process communications, early warnings, payments and compensation events.

Our tutor will highlight the problem areas of the contract and explain how parties can best protect their own commercial position whilst complying with their obligations.

Course attendees will be able to tackle case studies based on real life projects allowing them to reinforce their learning.

Good practice will be highlighted and formal dispute resolution will be explained, particularly with regard to the records that should be kept through the contract.

Aims & Objectives:

At the end of the course those who have attended will understand:

  • The communication requirements of the ECC. How communications and notifications should take place
  • The importance of the early warnings. What information they should include. The impact of not using the early warning provisions correctly. The link to compensation events assessments
  • The programming requirements of the ECC. What the Contractor should include in his programme, when he should submit revisions. What programme information should be provided with compensation event quotations?
  • Compensation events provisions. What constitutes a compensation event? What are the obligations for notifying CE's? How should they be assessed? What are the timescales for Contractor and Project Manager?
  • How are disputes dealt with under the ECC. What should the Parties do to avoid disputes? How should records be kept to assist in dispute resolution, if needed?

Course Outline:

This course will cover the following key topics:

1. Introduction

  • A recap of the structure and approach of the NEC3 ECC
  • Contract Data

2. Communications

  • Communications
  • Notifications
  • Period for reply
  • Ambiguities and inconsistencies

3. Early Warnings

  • When to issue early warnings
  • The content of early warnings
  • Risk reduction meetings and the risk register
  • Early warning and compensation event assessments

4. Programming

  • The contents of programmes
  • Revising programmes
  • Accepted Programmes

5. Compensation Events

  • What is a compensation event?
  • Notifying compensation events
  • Quotations for compensation events
  • Assessing compensations events
  • Implementing compensation events

6. Dispute Resolution

Dispute resolution options with the ECC

  • Adjudication
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • How to avoid disputes escalating
  • How to protect your position once disputes arise
  • How to run your projects to maximise your position in the event of a dispute

Mode of Delivery:

  • Open Forum

Intended For:

It is essential that those wishing to attend this course have already completed the introductory level course on the ECC. Without such background, this course is unlikely to be of benefit

Anyone involved in the tendering, management or administration of an NEC3 Engineering and Construction Project, which will include:

  • Project managers
  • Contract managers
  • Commercial managers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Planners
  • Engineers
  • Estimators
  • Tender and Proposals Engineers
  • Designers/Architects