Instructor: Tom Gard

Credit Hours: 2.00

Approval Number: J607CCA04

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Course Description

CILB Approval# 0007940

This Internet course is designed to acquaint the construction professional with important information related to changes in the contract, construction claims, differing site conditions, and types of construction delays. There is a detailed discussion of owner-ordered changes and how these changes affect the contractors’ responsibility. Bilateral and unilateral changes are discussed, followed by minor changes and how the contractor can file changes for proposed additional work. The legal principles that apply to the differing site condition’s clause of the contract are discussed. A short discussion defines the two types of differing site conditions as well as the process of "risk shifting" because differing site conditions. The last part of this course is dedicated to construction delays and acceleration. Excusable and non-excusable delays are discussed, followed by a short discussion on compensable delays. The course presentation concludes with a a discussion of liquidated damages and contract acceleration.

In order to receive credit for this course the participant must successfully complete a series of quizzes designed to test his/her knowledge of the subject presented in this course. To successfully complete this course, the participant must obtain an aggregate score of all the quizzes of 70% or greater.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this Internet course the participant would have a clear understanding of the following topics:
Bilateral and Unilateral Changes


  • Types of Construction Claims
  • Contract Modification – Best Practices
  • Legal Principles for Differing Site Conditions
  • Risk Shifting
  • Types of Differing Site Conditions
  • Types of Construction Delays
  • Critical path Method (CPM) Scheduling
  • Proofs of Delay
  • Acceleration

Instructor Bio

Tom Gard holds a J.D. in Government Contract Law from Catholic University of America, a M.B.A. in Financial Management, Northern Michigan University, a M.S.C.E. in Construction Management from Purdue University, and a B.S. in Urban Planning/Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. He is currently the President of Dominion Project Management, Inc. of Leesburg, Virginia.


Mr. Gard is a highly esteemed speaker and writer with regard to engineering management, engineering law and project management subjects. Tom has spoken before the American Bar Association on privatization and various engineering organizations on project management and engineer law topics. He has been published several times in engineering periodicals. He currently is an adjunct professor in the graduate program at George Washington University lecturing and writing on project management topics.

Other Approvals

Florida Construction Contractor (FCILB): 0007940
Louisiana Residential Contractor (LSLBC): 000001
Georgia Construction Contractor: FCILB-0007940
Kansas Contractors: FCILB-0007940
Idaho Building Contractors: FCILB-0007940
Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) - Commercial: BM004

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This is the best format out there! No endless reading of small fonts. No waiting to see your score and review before answering the questions is easy. I have taken over 30 hours with PACE and won't go anywahere else for my future continuing education needs.

-Jenessa Myers