FIDIC 2017 - Practical Use: Basic E-Course

Improve your ability to administer & manage construction projects under the FIDIC 2017 contracts with our practical online course.

$295 for 6 months unlimited access

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Gain a thorough understanding of the FIDIC 2017 contracts

This online course offers an overview of the 2017 FIDIC contracts, with a focus on the most commonly used forms – the Red and Yellow books. Learn about the different forms of contract and how to choose the right one for your project. In non-contractual language, we’ll help you to understand what each clause means.

At the end of the course, you will have gained an understanding of the 2017 FIDIC Red and Yellow books. You’ll have the confidence to put what you have learned into practice on projects, saving valuable time and money.

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What you will get

  • 6 in-depth modules
  • 11 hours of recorded video tutorials delivered across 22 videos
  • 11 CPD hours
  • Generous 6-month access
  • Totally flexible learning
  • No pressure of assignments
  • No pressure of pass or fail

What you will learn

This module covers an introduction to the course and the Red and Yellow forms of contract. We also introduce terms and definitions that are frequently used in the FIDIC contracts.

Module 1 covers Clause 1 (General Provisions) and Clause 2 (The Employer). You will:

  • understand the general provisions under the Red and Yellow Books
  • understand the Employers general obligations

Module 2 covers Clause 3 (The Engineer) and Clause 4 (The Contractor). You will:

  • understand the role of the Engineer, his/her general obligations and his/her authority under the contract.
  • learn why it is critical that the Engineer acts impartially in certain situations
  • understand the role of the Contractor, his/her general obligations and his/her obligations under the contract

Module 3 covers Red Book Clause 5 (Subcontracting), Yellow Book Clause 5 (Design), Clause 6 (Staff and Labour), Clause 7 (Plant, Materials, and Workmanship) and Clause 8 (Commencement, Delays and Suspension). You will:

  • learn how to appoint and manage subcontractors on projects
  • understand the design process and how to meet design obligations and standards
  • learn the contractor’s obligations regarding staff and labour under the conditions of the contract, with consideration of key factors such as wages, facilities, recruitment process, conditions of labour, health and safety, etc.
  • understand the Contractor’s obligations regarding plant, materials and workmanship
  • understand the contractor’s obligations when dealing with commencement, delays and suspension, including the strict requirements around programming, planning and time related issues

Module 4 covers Clause 9 (Tests on Completion), Clause 10 (Employer’s Taking Over), Clause 11 (Defects After Taking Over), red book Clause 12 (Measurement and Valuation), yellow book: Clause 12 (Tests After Completion) and Clause 13 (Variations and Adjustments). You will:

  • understand the importance of testing and how to deal with testing, delayed tests, retesting and test failures under the contract
  • understand the critical part of a project lifecycle – the employer’s taking over – and how this should be managed under the contract. Here we also discuss the transfer of responsibilities including protection, maintenance, insurance, etc. and how to manage any delay damages
  • understand the contractor’s obligations to deliver any outstanding work after taking over and remedy any defects. We also discuss associated costs and the defects liability process as defined by FIDIC
  • learn about the right to vary, the different types of variations and how to effectively manage variations to ensure project success

Module 5 covers Clause 14 (Contract Price and Payment), Clause 15 (Termination by Employer), Clause 16 (Suspension and Termination by Contractor) and Clause 17 (Care of the Works and Indemnities). You will:

  • learn how to calculate the contract price under the Red and Yellow Books including process and procedures
  • understand the circumstances under which the employer / contract may suspend or terminate the contract and how to manage this process
  • understand the contractor’s responsibility to care for the works including liabilities, indemnities and property rights

Module 6 covers Clause 18 (Exceptional Events), Clause 19 (Insurance), Clause 20 (Employer’s and Contractor’s Claims) and Clause 21 (Disputes and Arbitration). You will:

  • learn the definition of ‘exceptional events’ under FIDIC and the process and procedures for dealing with them
  • understand the contractor’s obligations for insurance under the contract
  • understand the circumstances under which claims may rise on projects and learn how to identify and manage claims under the contract, from the employer and contractor’s perspectives
  • learn how FIDIC 2017 deals with disputes and arbitration including the new requirement for a Dispute Adjudication / Arbitration Board

Note: The course content is based on the 2017 editions of the Red and Yellow FIDIC contracts.

Common Questions

There are no assessments with this course and no pressure of pass or fail; you will simply have access to a series of video tutorials. If you are looking for a more practical learning experience, with graded assignments, perhaps explore our Practical Use of the FIDIC Contracts Intermediate E-Course instead.

The course developer, Andy Hewitt, presents the course. Andy has over 45 years’ experience in the construction industry. He is a FIDIC Certified Trainer and is the author of various industry publications on contract, claims, FIDIC and notices.

From the day you sign up, you will have 6-months access to the course content.

Registration is easy. Just click on any of the ‘enrol now’ buttons above and follow the instructions. Registration is online and payment is via all major credit cards. As soon as you have registered, you’ll receive a welcome email with all the information you need to get started.

The difference between the courses mainly lies in the benefits and in the overall learning outcomes and experience. Both courses contain 6 modules covered via 22 video tutorials. The intermediate course, however, comes with the additional benefits of graded assignments, tutor support, CPD hours, certification and more and is therefore the more practical learning experience.

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What our students have to say

The course was comprehensive, it covered all FIDIC clauses in Red and Yellow book and offered an overview of clauses and case studies pertinent to such clauses. This was beneficial to confirm our understanding of how these clauses are applied and administered.”

Nour Dandache from Lebanon

Andy Hewitt

One-on-one mentorship from an expert with 45 years' industry experience. Meet Course Developer and Presenter, Andy Hewitt.

Learn from a construction contracts and claims specialist with over four decades of expertise. Andy is also a published author. He has written five industry books, including best-sellers: Construction Claims & Responses: effective writing & presentation and The FIDIC Contracts: Obligations of the Parties.

Learn more about Andy