Effective Contract Writing

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

Effective Contract Writing

Duration: 2-Day Course

**Check the Course Catalog for required attendee minimums

Contact hours: 16 hours

Instructor: Michael J. Kolodisner, CPPO

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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.


General Description

Many purchasing professionals are required to organize, write and interpret contracts. This session is designed to cover the structure and meaning of enforceable contracts. Contracts have a logical sequence and specific contract provisions. By learning the basics and rules for improvement, the principles become manageable. The seminar will offer tips and tricks on the language that can be used when writing contracts for any entity.


Intended Audience

All purchasing professionals who write, interpret and respond to contracts can increase their effectiveness by participating in this two-day seminar.





Course Objective and Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:


  • Define what a contract is
  • List the format of a Contract
  • Discuss Specific Contract Provisions


Course Outline

Day 1: 
  • Basic contracting principle
    - What is a contract?
    - Enforceable contracts
    - Rules of contract interpretation
  • Contract Organization
    - Contract formats
    - Proper placement
    - Orders of precedence
    - Statement of work rules
  • Nuts and Bolts of Writing
    - Draft
    - Sequence
    - Phrasing
    - Clarity

Day 2: 
  • Specific Contract Provisions
    - Acceptance
    - Software licenses
    - Intellectual property
    - Choice of Law and Forum
  • Special Topics
    - Mythical grammar rules
    - Gender neutral language
    - Effective design
    - Case Studies
  • Specific Contract Provisions
    - Force Majeure
    - Breach clauses
    - Damage Provisions
    - Dispute Provisions
    - Severability Clauses
    - Termination Provisions
  • Strategies to Practice and Improve

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


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 RegistrationInfo@nigp.org. 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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