Many architects and other consultants are appointed under the NEC3 Professional Services Contract or its short equivalent especially for publicly funded work. In addition, consultants may well be appointed under one of these forms via the design and build route.

It is highly beneficial for architects to understand their contractual commitments to their client under the PSC and vice versa. This workshop provides a valuable introduction to these contracts.

NEC4 is now out and will also be covered in this workshop.  Whilst public sector clients in Northern Ireland will be moving to NEC4 this is not expected to happen for approximately 12 months.


At the end of the course, participants should appreciate:

  • why the NEC, and in particular each of the two professional services contracts, were written
  • their principal objectives and when to use each
  • how it is designed as a management tool
  • the important clauses : definitions, procedures, timescales etc. , including key differences between the two forms.
  • key implementation points & benefits.


Session 1 : Overview of NEC3 family in 20 minutes followed by delegate wants

from the day

Session 2 : Flexibility & Contract Strategy : PSC : Main options. Key differences between PSC and the PSSC.

Session 3 : Clarity and Simplicity : structure, language used.

Session 4 : Stimulus to Good Project Management : including what is missing from the PSSC.

Session 5 : Sections 1, 2, 4 & 5 : General, The Parties’ main responsibilities, Quality and Payment under the PSC and PSSC

Session 7 : Change Management : overview of early warnings, programming requirements, the Risk Register & compensation events under the

Session 8 : Title, Risks & Insurance, Termination & the Dispute options

Session 9 : Conclusions

This programme includes three syndicate work sessions.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at consultants and clients using the NEC Professional Services Contracts. Previous knowledge of the contract is not required however the course is designed to be of particular benefit to current users of the contract.


Dr Jon Broome is one of the UK’s leading consultants and trainers on the NEC. He completed a PhD on its effective operation. His contributions to the 2nd and 3rd editions are acknowledged in the contract. He has had numerous articles and papers, as well as the top selling ‘User’s Guide’ book published on the contract. John’s previous NEC3 training events with the RSUA have been rated as excellent by members.

No of places: Places are limited to 20 so early booking is advised.

As part of this series of workshops we are also running a Masterclass on the Professional Services Contract (26th Oct), an Introduction to the Construction Contracts (28th Sept) and a Masterclass on the Construction Contracts (29th Sept). For course details please visit the RSUA website,

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