Introduction to NEC4

Introduction to NEC4
This eLearning module will introduce users to the NEC4 suite. It will show how NEC contracts have helped transform industry behaviours, show some sample projects let under NEC, and how the contracts work alongside other contracts in the suite to provide an integrated procurement solution.

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There will also be an outline of a few key features, concepts and processes of NEC including the importance of early warning, the programme and compensation events.


NEC Contracts have been transforming industry behaviours and practice since 1991. Founded on the principle of mutual trust and collaboration, they played a key role in the success of projects ranging from significant infrastructure investments to national maintenance contracts and supply.

The suite is uniquely flexible and can be used for the procurement of works, services and goods across all sectors – including public and private, buildings and infrastructure, plant and equipment – as well as all stages of a project lifecycle, from planning, design and project management to construction, maintenance and facilities management.

Session 1 - NEC history and development

  • Introducing NEC
  • How the NEC was developed
  • Endorsements
  • The role of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Session 2 - NEC4: The contracts

  • The NEC4 contract family
  • NEC characteristics
  • When and where to use NEC4 contracts
  • Other NEC4 documents

Session 3 - NEC4 contracts in use

  • NEC4: key features
  • Client design under ECC
  • Contract layout and structure

Session 4 - NEC4 support pack

  • Products and services available from NEC
  • Contact us 


Approximately 40 - 60 minutes.

The length of time taken varies depending on how quickly individuals study and absorb the material.

Please note that the licence is valid for 6 months only from date of purchase.

Successful completion of this course will award you 15 credit points toward your Online Academy qualification.

This course is highly recommended for new or potential users of NEC4 contracts. It is designed for those who will be working with any of the NEC contracts including:

  • Project managers
  • Contract managers
  • Service managers
  • Procurement managers
  • Supervisors
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Clients
  • Consultants
  • Contractors and their supply chain

It is designed for those with minimal experience with NEC contracts but can be beneficial to those wishing to recap their knowledge.

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