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An Introduction to NEC3

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 21 April 2020
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Member: €345
    Non-Member: €425

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C2


An Introduction to NEC3 is a full one-day course intended for both public and private sector companies whom are currently working with or are interested in working with NEC3 forms of contract in the future. This course is intended for participants with varying experience in using NEC3 Contracts and will provide an in-depth understanding on the various NEC3 Contracts available for use. The course will also look at contentious issues that participants could face in a NEC project, such as issues pertaining to time and payment. Core clauses which deal with such issues will be discussed with a final discussion on Dispute Resolution and terminating a NEC contract..

Course Aim

This course is intended for anyone who is (or is likely to be) involved in any way with the delivery of NEC3 contracts, particularly the Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC).  The course will also introduce delegates to the NEC3 suite of contracts available.

The objectives of the NEC3 training include:

  • Ensuring that participants understand implications of the contractual terms of the NEC3 contract
  • Ensuring that participants understand the contractual mechanisms of the NEC3 contracts
  • Ensuring that participants understand the impact and effect of the procedures as set out in the NEC3 contracts and the obligations within them
  • Developing an understanding of contractual pitfalls in the standard forms and addressing common misconceptions in the NEC3 contracts
  • Improving the timely completion of projects

Course Programme

This will include an introductory level focus on:

  1. Introduction to NEC3
  2. NEC3 (ECC) Core and Secondary Clauses;
  3. Roles and Responsibilities;
  4. Strategy for choosing the correct contract;
  5. Design and the Works Information;
  6. Programming;
  7. Defects and Quality Management;
  8. Payment;
  9. Change Management; and
  10. Dispute Resolution and Termination

Learning Outcomes

After this course, participants should be better able to

  • Understand the NEC3 ethos;
  • Understand NEC3’s novel terminology;
  • Appreciate the importance of proactive risk management using Early Warning Notices and the Change Management System
  • Understand the various different payment mechanisms across the NEC3 main options
  • Plan for and successfully deliver an NEC3 contract

Who should attend

This course is open to all whom are affiliated or are interested in the NEC3 Forms of Contract and would specifically be useful to Employers, Employer’s Representatives, Students, Graduates, Engineers, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Contractors and Subcontractors whom want to learn more about the NEC3.

Trainer profile

James Golden

James has over 30 years’ experience working with major consultants and contractors throughout the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Middle East.  He has extremely strong practical and theoretical knowledge on all the standard forms of building contracts used in the UK and Ireland and has provided advice to central governments, local governments and contracting organisations on contractual and disputed issues.  He regularly represents parties in ADR forums, including adjudication, conciliation, mediation and arbitration. 

James is experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution and large-scale project management.  Always commercially minded, he has a reputation of grasping the key issues quickly and thoroughly and an ability to explain them to decision makers and clients alike.

He is a practising adjudicator: a member of a number of appointing body panels including the Institution of Civil Engineers, TeCSA and the ministerial panel in Ireland. 

James’ experience includes acting as an Expert Witness in arbitration and litigation.  He has acted as an expert on programming and commercial matters in litigation and arbitration.

James is an active member of a range of organisations including the ICE, the Society of Construction Law, the Adjudication Society, the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, the NEC users group and also serves on the ICE DRP committee. 

James is also a training tutor on the NEC forms of contract for the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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21 April 2020


"Excellent course, professionally delivered"

"Informative overview of NEC3 form of contract. Well delivered"


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