Contract Manager Program

Why Attend

The overall aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools required to manage contracts from inception to closure. Participants in this interactive course will learn about the activities conducted in each phase of the life cycle of a contract, methodologies used to manage each one of these activities and the best practices used in contract management. The course will cover critical areas such as contract preparation, contract award, and contract administration.

Course Methodology

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

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify principles, definitions and major steps involved in the contracting process
  • Outline all contract preparation activities including planning, developing the scope of work and identifying sourcing options
  • Recognize different types of contracts and the effect of each type on the risk allocation strategy
  • Develop criteria to invite, receive and evaluate bids
  • Apply contract administration tools and techniques to effectively manage the contract and avoid disputes during implementation
  • Resolve disputes collaboratively and amicably and outline alternative dispute resolution methods

Target Audience

All those involved in any aspect of preparing, implementing, managing or administering contracts and who are committed to proving their dedication to their professional growth.

Target Competencies

  • Contract preparation
  • Contract administration
  • Preparing and evaluating bids
  • Planning the contracting process
  • Resolving contractual disputes
  • Managing contractors


South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

Course Duration:

Unit Standard:

NQF Level:

Number of Credits:

Course Fees

Note: Please fill in the online application form on the left or bottom if this page to receive a quotation with detailed pricing from AATICD.

How to Apply:

To Apply Simply Fill in the Online Enquiries / Applications form on the Right Sidebar or Bottom of this website


When filling the online application form; please take note of your desired Training Month, Duration in Weeks and Training Session. This will give us the exact dates you will be attending your classes.

Also note that Tuition Fees must be paid upfront on or before training start date. This is to ensure that all resources are made availabe for you before you start. You will not be allowed into training if fees are not paid and verified.

Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

  • Principles of contracts
    • Defining a contract
    • Elements of a contract
    • Expressed and implied contracts
    • Problems in preparing and managing contracts
  • Contract preparation
    • Stages of contract preparation and management
    • Contracting methods
    • Developing the scope of work
    • Problems with a badly written scope of work
    • Decision analysis worksheet
    • Evaluation criteria
    • Terms and conditions
  • Contract types and strategies
    • Fixed-price contracts
    • Cost reimbursable contracts
    • Time and material contracts
    • Payment terms
  • The tendering stage
    • Objectives of tendering
    • Alternative to tendering
    • Tendering procedures
    • Evaluation of bidders
    • Pre-qualification criteria
    • Invitation to tender
    • Receipt and opening of bids
    • Contract award
    • Different pricing methods
      • Whole life cost
      • Value for money
      • Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT)
    • Online reverse auction
  • Contract administration
    • Purpose of contract administration
    • Aspects to manage
    • Documents needed to administer a contract
    • Contract administration tools
    • Role of contract administrators
    • Lessons learned
  • Claims and variation orders
    • Breach of contract
    • Money damages
    • Equitable remedies
    • Changes and modifications
    • Alternative dispute resolutions (negotiation, mediation, arbitration)