Construction Contract administrators play an important role in an ICI or Civil construction project.   Each stakeholder including owner, prime contractor (project manager) and prime consultant will employ an administrator.   While the contract serves the central role to manage outcomes, many tasks require the administrators to work together efficiently to avoid causing delays or to settle challenges that may arise throughout the project.  These tasks include handling of requests for information, change orders, contemplated change notices, supply chain challenges, change directives, submittals, payment procedures and more.

This course is worth 1 Gold Seal Credit

Fundamentals of Construction Contract Administration for Contract Administrators will help you:

  • Understanding of each stakeholders obligations in a contract administrator’s role;
  • Dealing with disputes where contract documents conflict;
  • Efficiently managing submittals to avoid supply chain delays;
  • How to meet the requirements of prompt payment under the Construction Act including giving of notice;
  • Managing a change order protocol;
  • Alternative dispute resolution for unknown conditions, or conflict and when to escalate;
  • Closing out the project at Ready for Takeover stage.


CCA Member $350 (+GST) Non-Member $550 (+GST)

October 3 & 10, 2023 - 11:00am - 2:00pm

2 Virtual 1/2 Day Sessions

Additional Details

During this course, participants will study and gain valuable and practical insight into:

  1. Articles of Agreement purpose relative to terms and conditions
  2. What constitutes contract documents and the order of priority of documents in the event of a conflict between the documents
  3. The role and authority of the consultant, versus the role of general review of the project required by authorities having jurisdiction
  4. Execution of the work and control of the work by the general contractor
  5. Shop drawings and submittals processes
  6. Payments and requirements under the Construction Act in Ontario
  7. Implementing a Change Order protocol
  8. Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms in contract
  9. Ready for Take Over and Substantial Performance

Handouts and lesson summaries are digital in format for all participants using a QR code for file download.

Derek Smith | Constructionlab

Derek is a design professional with 15+ years of experience teaching at the college level. As a design professional, Derek has collaborated on over $300 million in built or contemplated ICI and residential projects working for clients like Chrysler Corporation, Penske Industries, University of Windsor, Nature Fresh, COCO Paving/Developments and more. In 2007 he became Executive Director of the London & District Construction Association. During his time in this role, he chaired the Construction Lien Act Task Force for the Council of Ontario Construction Associations – which led to the recent prompt payment and adjudication in Ontario. In 2010, Derek also acted as employer bargaining agent to General Contractors and Civil Contractors in a successful strike free round.

Since he founded Constructionlab in 2015, Derek has been trusted by over 1000 small, medium and large construction firms, law firms, design firms and real estate development firms to deliver best-practice advice on labour, procurement, contract administration, and more. He counts 12 mixed-trade and labour relations construction associations as clients. Derek is also the inventor of the JOBSITE boardgame! He recently invented, manufactured and released this series of construction industry and design sector themed board games to raise awareness of construction careers through spirited play and learning.

This course requires full face-to-face interaction and participation from both the instructor and students. In order to attend, you’ll must make sure you have the following:

  • Computer or laptop with webcam (webcams are mandatory): This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, you must have a webcam and use a full computer/laptop, and we do not permit students to attend using a tablet or cell phone.
  • A quiet space with minimal distractions: Please plan to be fully engaged in the class, and clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.
  • Live, Online, Instructor-led training.
    • This course is facilitated by the instructor on the Zoom platform. Access information will be provided to you in advance of the training.
    • You will be expected to have your webcam on during the class and participate in group discussions and other activities with your instructor and classmates during the course.
  • This course is delivered in partnership with local construction associations. You will be participating with a cohort of industry peers from multiple regions.

Cancellation Policy:

Payment is non-refundable for cancellations made within 5 business days of the course, or non-attendance on the day. Complimentary substitution of another member of your company is accepted. If CCA has to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, CCA will refund the registration fee or, if possible, the attendee may choose to move to an identical session in the future. Unless otherwise stated, every person able to see, hear, and observe the virtual course sessions must be a paid participant. Non-compliance of this requirement will result in removal from course. Refunds will not be issued to students who are removed from the course for non-compliance of this requirement.


Did you know!!  Eligible employers can get government funding to help employees access training opportunities. The Canada-Alberta Job Grant will give you up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to $10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training. Whether taking one course or a combination of courses, the total training must be a minimum of 21 hours and be completed within 52 weeks.