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Drafting Contracts and Writing Scope of Work - Virtual Learning

Drafting Contracts and Writing Scope of Work - Virtual Learning

Why Attend

This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to write an accurate Scope of Work (SoW) for projects and draft a simple contract. The course covers multiple tools that can help analyze the requirements and develop a Scope of Work using several outlines and templates. Furthermore, the course will cover the building blocks of a contract and guidelines and best practices used in drafting contracts.

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Course Methodology

This course relies on individual and group exercises aimed at helping participants learn all key contract management activities. The course also features several case studies, presentations, and role-plays by participants, followed by discussions. In addition, this course incorporates pre-and post-testing.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the essential elements of a contract and recognize the importance of the Scope of Work
  • Outline the objectives of a contractual relationship and leverage them into requirements needed to develop the Scope of Work
  • Plan and prepare a solid SoW using outlines and templates
  • Define contract building blocks and draft simple contract provisions
  • Write the narrative of a contract and different contract parts using best practices
Target Audience

Personnel involved in drafting a Scope of Work and negotiating contract terms to ensure contract requirements are adequately captured.  

Target Competencies
  • Contract preparation
  • Writing Scope of Work
  • Drafting contracts
  • Preparing contract plan 
  • Negotiating scope of work
  • Technical writing

Meirc has been reviewed and approved by the PMI® Authorized Training Partner Program. This course is worth 30 Professional Development Units (PDUs).

Course Outline
  • Overview
    • Defining contracts
    • Elements of contracts
    • Defining rights and obligations
    • Defining and developing the Scope of Work
  • Planning Scope of Work
    • Types of Scope of Work
    • Tools and techniques used to plan Scope of Work
      • Gathering requirements
      • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
      • Risk management and Scope of Work
    • Outlining the Scope of Work planning process
  • Developing the Scope of Work
    • Rules of SoW writing
    • Drafting fundamentals
    • SoW formats
    • Why is an SoW difficult to write?
    • Suggested ten-part format
    • Principles of good writing
  • Contract Building Blocks
    • Representations and warranties
    • Covenants and promises
    • Rights and obligations
    • Conditions to obligations
    • Discretionary authority
    • Declarations and facts
  • Contract Drafting Fundamentals
    • Drafting with or without precedent
    • Drafting contract parts:
      • Introductory provisions
      • Definitions and defined terms
      • Action sections
      • Other substantive business provisions
      • Endgame provisions
      • General provisions
      • Signature lines
Schedule & Fees
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