Qualifying to manage public works contracts in NI


In June 2019 the Construction and Procurement Delivery Division of the Department of Finance (CPD) specified that all construction work contracts awarded must be managed by a suitably qualified person.

There are two routes for consultants to meeting this requirement:

  1. Complete Module 2 of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Law and Contract Management Examination. The examination for this module with take place in June 2023.
  2. Complete NEC Project Manager training. Details can be found here.

To assist RSUA members who wish to sit the Module 2 exam in June 2023, RSUA has partnered with Fortfield Brown to provide training for RSUA members.

Lectures will be delivered live via zoom weekly from 6:30pm to 8:30pm from 25th January 2023 to April 2023. Recordings will be uploaded to a dedicated learning app.

Schedule and topics covered

Module 2 Lecture Number:Syllabus Subject:
1 – 25 Jan 2023Tendering and procurement of NEC4 contracts; selecting correct NEC4 contract and main/secondary option selection
2 – 02 Feb 2023Contents of the NEC4 (pt1) – main options and secondary options; common z-clauses
3 – 09 Feb 2023Contents of the NEC4 (pt2) – Contract Data, Scope, Site Information, schedules of cost components
4 – 16 Feb 2023Core Clauses 1 & 2 – general obligations and the Contractor’s main responsibilities
5 – 23 Feb 2023Core Clause 3 – Programming obligations
6 – 02 Mar 2023Core Clause 4 – Quality management
7 – 16 Mar 2023Core Clause 5 – Payment under each main option and assessing Defined Cost
8 – 23 Mar 2023Core Clause 6 (pt1) – Identifying and notifying compensation events; quotations
9 – 30 Mar 2023Core Clause 6 (pt2) – Assessing compensation events
10 – 06 Apr 2023Core Clauses 7, 8 and 9 – Title, liabilities, insurances and termination.
11 – 13 Apr 2023Other NEC4 Contracts – a comparison of the other contracts in the NEC4 suite including ECS, ECSC, PSC, PSSC, TSC and TSSC.
12 – 20 Apr 2023Revision using past paper examples


The course will be delivered by William Brown, a director with Fortfield & Brown. William is a qualified civil engineer, solicitor and adjudicator. He is also a lecturer in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at Queen’s University Belfast.


Standard price £400 + VAT

RSUA Practice Services Scheme subscriber rate £300 + VAT

RSUA member rate £360 + VAT

The Module 2 Examination will take place on 20 June 2023 and will cost £125 for ICE members or £150 for non-members.  This is a separate fee paid directly to ICE.