Introduction to the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) Training

Course Overview

Welcome to the Introduction to the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) training course, brought to you by the CPD-Accredited trainer Ctori, a leading specialist in NEC training. As our most sought-after course available, we thought we would give you a comprehensive overview of what to expect from this NEC4 introductory course.

Course Details

Duration: Full Day – 8:30am to 5:00pm

Number of Delegates: 6-15

Course Overview

The course is divided into ten sessions, each concentrating on the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) provisions. The course is highly interactive with opportunities to discuss any aspect of the NEC4 ECC. See below for a closer look into each session:

In the first session, you are introduced to NEC contracts, their significant impact on contractual behaviours, and how NEC4 has specifically transformed the industry. We will concentrate on management procedures contained within the contract.

You will also explore the close connection between the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract and other relevant contracts within the NEC family. 

We will delve into the primary methods for effectively procuring projects using the NEC4 ECC. Exploring Main Options, Secondary Options and Z clauses, you will be given an in-depth breakdown of each with supporting contract documentation. 

This session comprises a deep dive into certain key definitions and concepts such as Accepted Programme, Completion and Defect.  It also explains the process for dealing with ambiguities and inconsistencies.

Early Warnings are a key element of the NEC4 ECC and continue to be misapplied within the construction industry.  We will run through the correct use of Early Warnings and how they differ in nature from compensation events.

Identified terms are contained in the Contract Data and throughout the day we will refer to the document to explain how to complete this correctly.

Timelines are imperative in construction projects, and this course segment offers clarity on just how important.  We cover elements of this throughout the day and in this session, we concentrate on setting up the programme and assessing delay.  We will also cover the intricacies of planning and the role of the Accepted Programme in managing delivery. 

In this session we explain what Defects are under the NEC4 ECC and how they are identified and managed during delivery and after project completion.

Here we look at how the total contract price is derived for each Main Option as well as how payments are made. Disallowed Costs and Defined Cost through the Schedule of Cost Components schedules will also be touched upon.

An important area of NEC4 ECC is the management of change control through compensation

events. We discuss these throughout the day and take a deep dive into this element during this session, looking into how to identify, formally notify, assess and implement compensation events under the various scenarios described in the contract.

Questions are invited and dealt with all through the day. However, to finish this introductory NEC4 ECC course, you will collaborate with those around you as you recap the key points learnt in all sessions and ask any final questions or queries you may have regarding anything discussed throughout the day. Expect an open forum, clarifications and additional insights. 

Who Should Take This Course?

This is an introductory course designed both for those with minimal experience with NEC contracts and for experienced individuals looking to refresh their knowledge. Those involved in or contemplating using the NEC3 ECC or NEC4 ECC will include Project Managers, Clients, Supervisors, Consultants, Contractors and Subcontractors.

Whether you possess minimal experience with NEC contracts or are seeking a comprehensive refresher, this course will undoubtedly enhance your understanding and application of NEC4 ECC.

What To Expect From Ctori

Ctori Construction Consultants, leading NEC4 Training providers, have consistently set benchmarks in delivering interactive and comprehensive training methodologies. With over 20 years of formidable industry experience, Ctori’s nuanced approach is about relaying information and fostering an engaging and relatable experience that immerses all course participants.

With their rich history and expertise in the construction sector, Ctori offers unparalleled insights, ensuring that trainees feel fully prepared to face any situation in their role. Amongst their diverse portfolio of NEC courses, the “Introduction to the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) Training Course” stands out as an exemplar. 

Recognising this course’s essential nature in the industry, Ctori’s proficiency does not end with training. They also offer specialised advice on utilising and interpreting the complete NEC4 Contract further showcasing their depth of knowledge and dedication to the industry’s growth and understanding. Their meticulous attention to detail, coupled with their unwavering commitment to supporting individuals, cements their reputation as matchless NEC training experts.

What our clients say


Paul Dwyer

The tailor-made course was very clear, concise and targeted. The questions from the delivery teams, who have varying levels of NEC experience, were well answered, and the use of practical examples brought the subject matter to life.

Morgan Sindall Infrastructure

Alison Bowen

A fantastic training session with Ctori Construction Consultants probing and understanding the intricacies of NEC3TSC Some great discussions with the team and penny-dropping moments. Lots to take forward to ensure continuous improvement.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

John Vickers

This has been a huge undertaking, but the product of our efforts will be a legacy for generations to come.

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Niall O'Brien

I really appreciated tutors’ grasp of our specific contract. He came well prepared - Thank you!


Get In Touch

For any related inquiries to the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract training courses, feel free to contact us at Together, we can elevate your knowledge and experience with the Introduction to the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) training course. 

For more information on our courses, including the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract Training Course [link to the NEC3 page], a contract that is still vigilant in the construction industry today, we would be more than happy to discuss this with you in further detail. 

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