Understanding NZS3910:2013 Conditions of Contract

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How well do you know the contents of NZS3910, which are the ‘rules’ for administering and managing civil and building contracts?

This popular course, from a practical and ‘hands-on’ point of view will benefit Clients, Consultants and Contractors regarding how to manage and administer contracts and to understand their obligations and liabilities in terms of these General Conditions of Contract


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2 day course.

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Fiona Knight

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$750 per person + GST 

(Minimum numbers apply before a course is confirmed)

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Topics include

Major points covered are:

  • Changes from NZS3910:2003
  • Types of contracts
  • Contractor and Client obligations
  • Role of the Engineer / Engineer’s representative
  • Variations and how to value them
  • Extensions of time and the financial implications to Clients
  • Disputes
  • Termination of contracts / sub-contracts
  • Calculation of percentages for on-site costs, overhead and profit and rate per working day


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On completion of this course participants will

  • Use course notes as an up to date reference for managing contracts
  • Understand NZS3910:2013
  • Be familiar with different types of contracts
  • Understand the procedure for lodging claims and the concept of being time-barred and those claims being dismissed as being out of time
  • Understand ‘extension of time’ and associated implications and costs
  • Be able to value variations
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Who should attend

Contract and Project Managers, supervisors, engineers'/contractors' representatives, as well as experienced personnel wishing to improve their skills.

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Presenter information

Fiona is a qualified and award-winning training presenter who has been actively involved in training since 2000, with clients across a wide range of sectors including the NZ Contractors' Federation, Fulton Hogan and Downer.  An experienced training facilitator in leadership, management, communications and contract administration, she has been an active participant in the NZQA TROC review of Business qualifications, and the Worksafe Review for the Code of Practice for Excavations and Shafts. From being project leader for the development of Transit NZ's Project Evaluation Manual and Competitive Pricing Procedures in the 1990s, Fiona went on to manage a range of projects within Transit NZ as a second-level manager within the executive team. Fiona's skills lie in presenting complex topics in plain English, with examples and exercises to challenge participants and ensure retention of learned material.  Her qualifications include a BA in Mathematics, a post-graduate Diploma in Education (Guidance), a Master of Public Policy, and National Certificate in Adult Education.  Fiona is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and current chair of its Awards Committee.

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