Drafting Contracts and Writing Scope of Work

Drafting Contracts and Writing Scope of Work

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
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

Meirc is an Approved Training Provider (ATP) in the region for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Established in 1919, CILT is the world’s leading supply chain, logistics and transport professional body with over 33,000 members across the globe. CILT seeks to add value to individual and corporate members by enhancing their knowledge, careers, and businesses by setting, supporting and delivering professional standards and education in the fields of logistics, transport and supply chain. By attending Meirc’s CILT accredited courses, participants can earn CPD units as well as attain modular unit award courses that can be combined for international certification

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Project Management Institute (PMI)

Meirc is a member of the PMI ATP Program. PMI does not specifically endorse, approve, or warrant ATP’s products, courses, publications, or services. The PMI ATP seal is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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