NEC3: Introduction to the Engineering and Construction Short Contract (ECSC)

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The Engineering and Construction Short Contract (ECSC) is intended for use in programmes that impose only low risks on both the Employer and the Contractor. This one day training course uses a combination of case studies and presentation to give delegates an understanding of the key pre- and post-contract aspects of ECSC, as well as when and how to use this form of contract effectively.

Why enrol?

  • Develop skills to advise on development of an appropriate contract strategy
  • Prepare tender documents and appraise tenders with competence
  • Be clear on the roles and responsibilities of key parties
  • Comprehend important ECSC clauses in particular Early Warnings, Communications and Compensation Events
  • Resolve problems effectively
  • Confidently apply your knowledge of the ECSC in practice


Peer reviewed training courses delivered by NEC experts and industry specialists on scheduled dates and locations across the country. Ideal for those looking for NEC knowledge exchange with other users in an interactive learning environment.


Our training programmes, tailored to your requirements. Ideal for organisations with specific time, location, and learning and development objectives.

Included in the fee

The classroom course fee includes

  • Complimentary copy of the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Short Contract (ECSC) along with its associated Guidance Notes and Flow Charts
  • One month access to the Introduction to NEC3 Online Learning package

Full details of our training venues can be found here.

In-house learning

Fees and particulars for this option, tailored to suit your specific requirements, are available upon request. Select the In-house icon above for further details.



Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

NEC online learning module review

  • Recap of main points covered in Introduction to NEC3 online learning module: Prior to attending this training course, you will need to complete the short 40 minute online module Introduction to NEC3. Details will be forwarded with your joining instructions two weeks prior to the course start date.
    *Does not apply to in-house training courses.

Selecting the contract strategy

  • Why is there a Short Contract?
  • When to use the ECSC
  • Comparison of the ECSC Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) contract strategies

Preparing the tender documents

  • The contract forms to be completed
  • How the contract forms are completed
  • Who completes the contract forms?
  • The conditions of contract - an overview
  • How to award a contract

Assessing tenders

  • Assessing tenders
  • Appointing the Contractor

Adminstering the ECSC

  • Contractor's main responsibilites
  • Time
  • Defects
  • Payment
  • Compensation Events
  • The differences between the ECSC and Engingeering and Construction Subcontract (ECSS)

Summary and open forum

Who should enrol

This introductory training programme is ideal for anyone working with the NEC, with an interest in the ECSC, including:

  • Project managers
  • Contract managers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Planners
  • Clients
  • Consultants
  • Contractors and their supply chain

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