Basics of Construction Purchasing | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Course Date: 
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 to Thursday, Apr 4, 2019
Course Time: 
8 am - 5 pm
Continuing Education Credits: 
Course Fee: 
* This class is one of the mandatory class requirements for The Construction Purchasing Certificate ProgramTo learn more about this certificate program click here

Target Audience:

This session is geared for buyers, contract administrators, project managers, program managers, and executive directors. If your agency is planning any new construction or remodels, this course will save you time and money! If you are involved in the construction or remodeling work at your agency, school, or business, then who is really managing the work?

  • Engineering? No, their job is to design.
  • Facilities? No, they take over after the work is approved.
  • The end user? No, they often do not have a clue about construction.
  • The General Contractor? Now you are completely out of control!!
  • Purchasing/Contracts? You better be ... or the risk to the operation is estimated between 7-11% of the original contract price.

Course Description:

This session will allow the first time buyer involved in construction purchasing or contract management to develop a comfort in the sometimes foreign environment of construction purchasing. This enhanced understanding will help the buyer/manager protect their agency by minimizing cost overruns as well as provide an understanding of the basis and justification of cost overruns, if warranted.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Employ new and different construction purchasing terminology;
  • Ensure a project is properly cost validated;
  • Effectively negotiate with contractors and subcontractors;
  • Utilize new tools for construction contract management;
  • Employ a Work Breakdown Structure ("WBS") as part of the active schedule of cost; and;
  • Better manage the change order process.


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We will mail an invoice to the registrant at the address provided when registering. We do not need to receive payment prior to the event and we ask that you not bring payment with you to the event.

Payments can be mailed to the following address:

The University of Texas at Austin
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Office of Conferences and Training
P.O. Box Y
Austin, TX 78713-8925

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Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, your written cancellation notice must be received before February 20, 2019 in order for you to receive a full refund. Thereafter, cancellation notices received after February 20, 2019 and before March 20, 2019 will be charged a $65 administrative fee. If cancellation occurs between March 20, 2019 and the start of the class, you will be responsible for 50% of the original fee. If we do not receive written notice of cancellation prior to the event, you will be responsible for the full registration fee. You may send a substitute to the class. Cancellation notices should be emailed to Phone messages do not serve as official cancellation notices.

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