NEC preparation and relevance of the contract data

The purpose of this standard is to provide learners with a detailed understanding of the content preparation and relevance of the contract data under the NEC Engineering and Construction contracts.


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide learners with a detailed understanding of the content preparation and relevance of the contract data under the NEC Engineering and Construction contracts.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • contract data and its relationship with the conditions of contract
  • description of the works
  • works information documents
  • site information and differences to works information
  • risk identification, additional employers and contractors risks and risk/early warning registers
  • weather data
  • identifying programmes, key and completion dates
  • optional statements
  • open clauses and relevant data
  • fee percentages
  • data and the schedule of cost components and shorter schedule of cost
  • key differences in preparation and relevance of the contract data between the different types and versions of NEC Engineering and Construction Contracts

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • developers, contract administrators, sub-contractors
  • commercial managers, quantity surveyors, management and leadership

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However an understanding of NEC Engineering and Construction Contract terminology and procedures would be beneficial and it is advised that the NEC contract introduction course is taken in advance.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

To be confirmed

Review cycle

Either on request or in 5 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 
Additional guidance to support learning outcome
describe the purpose of the contract data
explain the relationship between the contract data and conditions of contract
describe the description of works information under NEC
  • would include statutory regulations in NEC3
  • in NEC4 statutory regulations would be in ‘Z’ clauses
explain how site information differs from works information

describe how risks are identified, explain additional employers risk

deal with risk/early warning registers
  • NEC3 and 4 terminology differences
record appropriate weather data relevant to NEC
  • as stated in contract data part 1
identify programmes, key dates and completion dates
explain main and secondary option clauses and relevant data  
explain fee percentages under NEC
  • NEC3 and 4 differences, in NEC4 work area and people percentages removed and cost needs to be proven
describe the main differences in preparing for and relevance of contract data, between the different versions of NEC Engineering and Construction Contracts
  • between primary and short contracts and between NEC versions (3 and 4)
  • terminology changes between NEC 3 and 4