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 have an in depth understanding of their contractual commitments to their client under the PSC and vice versa. This workshop is pitched at an advanced level for people with a solid understanding of the professional services contracts.

NEC4 is now out and will also be covered.  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 day, participants should:

  • know when to use each form and which options to choose,
  • how to fill in and respond to the Contract Datas,
  • have a thorough understanding of how to operate the key provisions of the two contracts,
  • know how to set up a contract for success.


Session 1:Flexibility & Contract Strategy: PSC: main options & secondary options. Key differences between PSC and PSSC and when to use each. Exercise.

Session 2 :Filling in, understanding and responding to the Contract Datas

Session 3 :Communications and setting up the contract.

Session 4 :Programming requirements under the two forms. Exercise.

Session 5 :Early warnings, their under / over use, and the risk reduction process.

Session 6 :Compensation event definitions. Review exercise.

Session 7 : Compensation event process : notification and response; quotation submission and acceptance. Review exercise. Differences between the two forms.

Session 8 :Compensation event assessment. Exercise.

Session 9 :Personal summary and actions points. Feedback.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at consultants and clients using the NEC Professional Services Contract. It is suitable for people who have either attended the Introductory course on the professional services contracts or a good understanding of the contract through use. The basic material covered on the introductory course will not be repeated. The day will contain many worked examples for participants to do and discuss.


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 attendees.

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

As part of this series of NEC workshops we are also running an Introduction to the NEC3 Professional Services Contracts (25th 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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