NEC Programmes


Overview
The purpose of this standard is to provide learners with a reasonably detailed understanding of programmes under the NEC Engineering and Construction contracts.

Duration

Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours

Purpose/scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide learners with a reasonably detailed understanding of programmes under the NEC Engineering and Construction contracts.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • introduction to programmes under NEC
  • ‘accepted programme – definition and status
  • relationship with compensation event procedure
  • content of programmes
  • circumstances for revisions
  • times for submission
  • incorporating early warning matters and compensation events
  • relevance of planned completion(s)
  • treatment of float
  • time risk allowances
  • revising the programme, including incorporating actual progress, plans to deal
  • key differences in programmes 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):

  • tender bidders, 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 and NEC delays are taken in advance.

Instruction/supervision

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

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.

Assessment

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.

Renewal/refresher

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 importance of the ‘accepted programme’ and what it should contain
explain how the programme can affect the compensation event procedure

describe what should be included in a programme and where this is defined in the contract
  • Clause 31.2
explain under what circumstances programme revisions are required under NEC

describe the period of time in which the programme and any updates should be submitted
  • as stated in the Contract Data, usually once a month or every four weeks
explain how updates to programme are required in relation to early warning matters or compensation events
  • for implemented compensation events, differences between NEC3 and 4
describe ‘phase completions’ and how these are affected by compensation events and the possible effects on overall completion

explain float and ‘who’ owns this and where this might be defined
  • Default position is that it belongs to the contract
  • often ‘Z’ clauses states how float is to be dealt with
describe how time risk allowance is incorporated into programmes and explain how the programme is amended when risks are not realised

explain programme updates, when these are required and when plans to address contractor culpable delays are required
 
describe the main differences in preparing for and relevance of programmes, between the different types and versions of NEC Engineering and Construction Contracts
  • between primary and short contracts and between NEC versions (3 and 4)
  • terminology changes