Effective Contract Writing

  • Date: 04/09/2024 - 04/10/2024
  • Start Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Instructor: Mr. Michael J. Kolodisner, CPPO
    Mr. Michael J. Kolodisner, CPPO

    Michael J. Kolodisner, CPPO, is currently President of Pro-Train a training and consulting company located in Laguna Hills, California.

    Mike is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer. Prior to his current position, he was the chief purchasing and contracting officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the largest water agency in the United States. Before that he was Director of Administrative Services for Orange County, California. Mike has done training and consulting for both private and public organizations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America.

    Mike has a B.A. from the University of Maryland and has attended graduate school at George Washington University.

    On the Faculty of:
    Effective Contract Writing
    Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
    Principles and Techniques of Problem Solving

    Risk Management in Public Contracting

  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 15

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.

Effective Contract Writing (Member: Early) $428.00 02/09/2024
Effective Contract Writing (Member: Standard)$535.0002/10/202404/08/2024
Effective Contract Writing (Non-Member: Standard)$635.00 04/08/2024
Effective Contract Writing (Member: Early) $428.00
Effective Contract Writing (Non-Member: Standard) $635.00
(prices valid until Feb 9, 2024)
Spots available: 24


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

Intended Audience

This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.   

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  


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
    • everability Clauses
    • Termination Provisions
  • Strategies to Practice and Improve


  • Two Day, Virtual classroom experience

Payment Information

  • Register online with credit card
  • Register online and upload a Purchase Order
  • Register by fax and download the print & fax form


Methods of Payment Accepted: Check (make checks payable to NIGP), Purchase Orders (via print and fax form or online), and Credit Cards (Master Card, Visa, and American Express).

If paying by check, please make check payable to NIGP and send payment to:
NIGP, Attn: Seminar Registration
2411 Dulles Corner Park, Suite 350
Herndon, VA 20171


Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 24 hours prior to the course 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 24 hours 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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Effective Contract Writing