Contracting for Construction Services

Jul 8, 2015, 17:28 PM
These educational activities meet UPPCC’s criteria for 'Continuing Education – Accredited'

Contracting for
Construction Services

Duration:  2-Day Course
Contact Hours:  16 hours
CEU Units*:  1.5 

**Check the Course Catalog for required attendee minimums

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2 day courses:

Standard pricing:

Institute Members - $500

Non-Members - $700

Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

*NIGP is authorized by IACET to offer 1.5 CEUs for this program. To learn more about IACET and CEUs, visit


General Description:

Procurement is no longer merely the sourcing agent for the materials and services necessary to support construction programs. Increasingly purchasing agents must also shoulder the responsibilities of contract and program managers. What are the non-procurement functions, activities and policies associated with construction management that purchasing agents should be familiar with as their role expands? This course examines the many processes and techniques that contribute to successful public works projects. Understanding how construction projects are initially defined and budgeted, the responsibilities of the project manager, major methods of construction and how to select contractors is critical to every capital development program. By defining terms that may be unique to infrastructure development and clarifying the many elements of the pre-, mid-, and post-construction phases, this course is very useful to both beginning and experienced construction contract managers. 


Intended Audience

Public Procurement Professionals involved in the construction process, Contracting Officer Technical Rep., Facilities Management, Engineers, Private Contractors, Project Managers, Contract Administrator, Risk Managers, Contract Auditors. 






Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:
  • Describe the different budgeting processes and financing options governments use for public
    improvement projects
  • Define and describe the basic steps in hiring a design professional for a governmental 
    construction project
  • Differentiate and determine the best contracting method for a specific construction project
  • Identify the elements in the construction life cycle and describe the roles and responsibilities of 
    the teams in each element
  • Differentiate the options and related impacts of green / sustainable construction processes
  • Identify the basic elements of the contract administration plan and identify the roles and
    responsibilities of all the parties


Course Outline

The following is an outline of the material that will be covered in this two day course. Practical examples, group exercises and case studies will be utilized throughout the course. 
Day One:


  • Pre-test
  • Construction contract risks and laws
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Project Management
  • Construction Contacting Methods

Day Two:

  • Contracting for Design Services
  • Contracting for the General Contractor
  • Contract Administration
  • Green Building and Social Responsibility
  • Post test


This outline may be modified slightly at the course instructor’s discretion.  

The instructor has no proprietary interest in the development or marketing of this seminar and no financial interest in NIGP.


Requirements of Participants to receive CEU units

  • Attendance at the entire course. A sign-in sheet will be available each day the class is in session. Daily sign-in is mandatory to be eligible to earn CEU credits
  • Daily sign-in is mandatory to be eligible to earn CEU units.  
  • There is a final, open book exam. In order to receive credit for the course, participants must achieve a passing score of 70%
  • NIGP will not issue partial CEU units
  • An evaluation form must be completed and returned to the site coordinator prior to the completion of the course

For NIGP’s complete Continuing Education Units (CEU) Policy Statement click here.


NIGP Course Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 30 days prior to the seminar start date. After this time, registrations will be based on space availability.  A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations made in writing 31+ days prior to the seminar date by emailing No refunds are given for cancellations received within 30 days of the seminar start date. There are no refunds for no-shows. If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, NIGP's liability is limited to the registration fee only.

Attendee substitutions within the same agency may be done at any time with email notification to NIGP. If attending via scholarship, please provide documentation verifying the scholarship issuer’s name and contact information in lieu of payment information.

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