Effective Contract Writing

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. 

Course Availability:

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October 10, 2022 - October 11, 2022
(prices valid until Oct 5, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Mr. Michael J. Kolodisner, CPPO
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
June 7, 2023 - June 8, 2023
Effective Contract Writing (Member: Early) $510.00
Effective Contract Writing (Non-Member: Early) $610.00
(prices valid until Apr 8, 2023)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Mr. Michael J. Kolodisner, CPPO
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led


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 course 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.


Delivery Formats Available


Virtual Instructor-Led

Contact Hours



2 Day



Designed for public procurement professionals who are new to the profession or have 1-5 of experience.

Available in these learning formats...

 Virtual Instructor-Led

This format combines the best of in-person learning by offering live participation with instructors and peers.


Instructor led discussion style classroom setting for those who prefer focused learning with maximum in-person interactions with instructors and peers.

2 Day Course


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