In the year 2004, the Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry (JCC) saw the urgent need for standardization and adoption of a form of construction contract for use by the local construction sector. This led to an examination of the existing contracts used in the local industry and subsequently representatives of the industry, after discussions, agreed on the use of the 1999 International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Federation Internationale Des Ingenieurs-Conseils - FIDIC) Conditions of Contract for Construction. Consequently, JCC was able to reach an agreement with the Government of the day for the adoption of the 1999 FIDIC Conditions for Construction Contract as the standardized contract used by Government and the industry.
As the Industry Training Organization (ITO) for the local construction sector, JCC then, in collaboration with FIDIC, entered a three (3) part agreement with European Construction Ventures Ltd (ECV) a FIDIC approved tutor to provide training courses with respect to the use of FIDIC contracts. Courses have been done throughout this period. Training courses have been done in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. The first of these training courses began in February 2005 and continues presently. Currently, over 1800 professionals within the Caribbean and in other parts of North America have been trained in the use of various FIDIC contracts. These courses provide industry professionals with essential contractual know-how for working on future international projects using these important documents.
The tutors are not only FIDIC approved but they are professional engineers, contractors, project and contract managers as well as arbitrators and adjudicators with extensive international experience in the construction industry and explain and illustrate the use of the FIDIC contracts. These courses are designed to enable participants with confidence in working with these documents, whether representing employers, consultants or contractors etc. Each course is generally held over a period of two days and includes course materials as well as refreshments.
Feedback from attendees showed that the course was "instructive, as it gave insight into the proper use of FIDIC contract" and that they "appreciated the excellent course content, knowledge and presentation of the tutors." Attendees range from Attorneys-at-Law, Legal Advisors, Permanent Secretaries within Ministries, Project Managers, Private Sector employers, Architects, Consulting Engineers, Contractors, Members of the Banking Fraternity and all involved with the next generation of international projects, particularly those involved in preparing or managing infrastructure projects.Ensure your staff is prepared for working with these important documents which are the international contractual language of the 21st century.