Contract Administration: Understanding and Implementing Contractual Obligations

The overall aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge, concepts, skills and tools necessary to manage and administer contracts post award.

Programme Code
TR-1073
Duration
5 Days
Delivery
Classroom - Virtual
Programme Overview

The overall aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge, concepts, skills and tools necessary to manage and administer contracts post award. Participants in this interactive course will learn all the processes and activities required to implement contractual obligations. The course will also cover contract administration best practices.

Programme Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the major activities and steps of contract administration
  • Identify administration tools that are used during the implementation as well as the role of the contract administrator
  • Create a system to evaluate contractors and determine their strengths and weaknesses and demonstrate the importance of partnership in contract administration
  • Explain the different types of variation orders, claims and damages
Target Audience

All those involved in any aspect of implementing, managing or administering contracts in the post-award phase of the contracting process and who want to learn about the best practices in contract administration. Meirc is assigned as a Registered Educational Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI®). This course is worth 12 Professional Development Units (PDUs).


Target Competencies
  • Contract administration
  • Change management
  • Managing contractors
  • Managing claims and disputes
  • Resolving disputes
  • Partnership with contractors
Programme Outline

Principles of contracts

  • Elements of a contract
  • Contract framework
  • Purposes of contract administration
  • Contract administration major steps

Contract administration tools

  • Key principles
  • Contract provisions affecting implementation
  • Tools and techniques for contract administration­ 
  1. Dissection technique­ 
  2. Records management system­ 
  3. Change control system­ 
  4. Claims administration­ 
  5. Issues and risks logs­ 
  6. Roles and responsibilities­ 
  7. Performance reporting­ 
  8. Lessons learned­ 
  9. International contracting

Contractor evaluation

  • Questionnaire and surveys
  • Contractor's ratings
  • Key performance indicators
  • Partnership with contractors

Changes, claims and disputes

  • Changes and variation orders
  • Money damages
  • Claims and disputes
  • Alternative dispute resolution­ 
  1. Mediation­ 
  2. Arbitration
  • Contract closeout