This eight-week, online collaborative course is designed for contract administrators at every level. New contract administrators will have the opportunity to use case studies to walk through the process from inception to closeout, reduce risk and respond to problems that occur along the way. Contract administrators with significant experience will find the material to be useful, as it examines contract administration in the context of 21st century contract challenges.
Though no prerequisites are stipulated for this course, successful participants should have one to two years of public procurement experience prior to enrolling. Others may find completion of Introduction to Public Procurement to be of benefit. Participants must have computer skills and should be comfortable navigating websites.
Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Identify and define terms, concepts and principles of the contract administration process
- Identify contract risk and plan appropriate mitigation
- Develop the CAP and PAP for a given case study
- Recommend an appropriate remedy when given a contractual problem or issue
- Apply a process to handle a performance problem
- Describe dispute resolution methods
- Closeout a contract including conducting a contract analysis
- Describe how contract administration can be continually improved to enhance contract performance in accordance with the commonly accepted practices of the profession
The following is an outline of the material that will be covered in this eight-week course.
Week One: Introduction and Defining the Parameters and Value of Contract Management and Contract Administration
Week Two: Considerations for Affecting Contract Administration during the Formation Period
Week Three: Planning for Performance and Contract Administration Team: Roles and Ethical Responsibilities
Week Four: Initial Contract Administration Activities and Software Management
Week Five: Inspection and Acceptance and Delays in Contract Performance
Week Six: Contact Modifications and Disputes and Appeals
Week Seven: Contract Payment and Contract Termination
Week Eight: Contract Closeout Activities
for the course syllabus.
Course participants will receive the textbook Contract Administration which is the foundation of the course. Participants will read chapters of the text in preparation for each week’s online activities.
Participants access each week’s activities through a link to a website. Using the website, participants will access documents in Word and PDF formats and then use a discussion board to interact with team members and the instructor to complete discussion and case study assignments.
Participants should complete the reading assignments first each week, and they may read ahead. Beginning on week 1 team members will work together virtually to complete case study activities. Participants will respond to two instructor posted questions on the discussion board with a well thought out paragraph at minimum and comment on one other response on the discussion board.
Requirements of Participants to Receive Contact Hours
Participants must complete the weekly team assignments and participate in the discussions. There is a final exam. In order to pass the course participants must also achieve a score of 70% on the final exam. Successful completion of the online course will earn 24 contact hours. NIGP will not issue partial contact hours. Once participants have achieved a passing grade, they will complete a course evaluation online. A certificate will be issued for each participant to print.
The instructor has no proprietary interest in the development or marketing of this course and no financial interest in NIGP.
NIGP Course Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing one week before the posted date of the start of the course. Registrants who cancel shall retain the textbook and be refunded the fee minus $150. No refunds will be given after the course start date. Registrants who do not attend or participate in the course are not eligible for a refund. If the course is cancelled for any reason, NIGP’s liability is limited to the registration fee only.
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* Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC)
**CEU units for this workshop are granted through NIGP, which is authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), to offer courses for CEU credits. To learn more about IACET and CEUs, visit www.iacet.org.