Covering the structure of NZS 3910, procurement considerations, and the roles and responsibilities of the Engineer to the Contract, Engineer’s Representative, Principal and Contractor.

NZS 3910 is the most commonly used form of conditions of contract for non-residential construction work in New Zealand.

This course examines NZS 3910 from the perspective of the Engineer to the Contract and Engineer’s Representative, who must perform a complex ‘dual role’ as adviser to and representative of the Principal, in addition to making decisions independently and impartially under the contract.

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Key learning outcomes

By participating in this course, attendees will understand:

  • An overview of NZS 3910, how it may be used to greatest effect and its relationship to the Construction Contracts Act 2002
  • The principles of tendering, acceptance and documentation of construction contracts under NZS 3910
  • An introduction to the key elements and features of NZS 3910:2013 general and the use of special conditions
  • The role and responsibilities of the Principal, Contractor and of the Engineer to the Contract, and how certain Engineer duties may be effectively performed by an Engineer’s Representative

Intended audience

  • All engineers (most relevant to those in the civil and structural fields)

Course customisation

  • Your business’ special conditions
  • learning outcomes focussed on your business values


Peter Degerholm is a Registered Quantity Surveyor, arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in construction disputes and is an authority on the Construction Contracts Act 2002. He was a member of the Standards New Zealand review committees for NZS 3910 and the related 3915, 3916 and 3917 standards.

Course delivery options



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Max participants 13

Face to face

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Max participants 25