Architect-Engineer Services Refresher

Management Concepts

How long?

  • 3 days
  • online, in person

Management Concepts


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Who should attend

Course content is suitable for experienced contracting personnel.

About the course

Contracting for architect-engineer (A-E) services is challenging. Making a wrong step anytime between publicizing the contract opportunity and closing the contract can pose threats to any organization. By studying Part 36 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Acquisition Regulations 836.6 and through lecture and exercises, participants learn the general condition and general requirements, as well as the process for advertising, selecting, and managing a contract with an A-E firm.

Learning Objectives

  • Determine when to use Selection of Architects and Engineers procedures to select an architect and engineer (A-E) firm
  • Distinguish how an A-E services project is to be advertised
  • Determine the necessary elements of the Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Describe how A-E qualification statements are used to select an A-E firm
  • Negotiate a contract for A-E services
  • Describe the cost principles (allowable and allocable) relating to A-E contracts
  • Prepare an independent government cost estimate that supports a negotiation strategy
  • Describe the government’s quality assurance effort
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities in managing and administering the A-E services contract

Course Topics

Introduction to Key Concepts

  • Accomplishing Design
  • Laws and Regulations
  • Defining A-E Firms and A-E Services
  • Awarding an A-E Contract
  • Competition in A-E Contracting
  • Contracting Officer's Representative in A-E Contracting
  • Exercise: Introduction to Key Concepts
  • Related Reading: Introduction to Key Concepts

Publicizing Contract Opportunities

  • Purposes of Advertising
  • Response Times
  • Elements of the Advertisement
  • Set-Asides
  • Exercise: Publicizing Contract Opportunities
  • Related Reading: Publicizing Contract Opportunities

Statement of Work

  • Defining the Scope
  • Statement of Work
  • Performance Work Statement
  • Elements of the Statement of Work
  • Specialty Items, Safety, and Program Input
  • Work Oversight
  • Indefinite-Delivery Contracts
  • Options
  • Related Reading: Statement of Work

Selection Procedures

  • Architect-Engineer Qualifications (SF 330)
  • Consideration of Other Information
  • Evaluation Boards
  • Short Selection Process
  • Request for Proposal
  • Release of Information
  • Debriefings
  • Related Reading: Selection Procedures


  • Preparations for Negotiation
  • Negotiation Steps
  • Price Negotiation Memorandum (PNM)
  • Exercise: Negotiation
  • Exercise: The Burning Sailboat
  • Related Reading: Negotiations

Cost Principles

  • Threshold for Cost or Pricing Data
  • Acceptable Costs
  • Determining Allowable Costs
  • Types of Costs
  • Related Reading: Cost Principles

Government Estimates

  • Requirement for Government Estimates
  • Sources of Information
  • Elements of the Government Estimate
  • Structured Approach
  • 6% Statutory Fee Limitation
  • Confidentiality
  • Options

Quality Management

  • Terminology
  • Responsibilities for Quality
  • Quality Assurance
  • Constructability Review
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Design within Funding Limitations
  • Design Support During Construction
  • Contractor Quality Control
  • Related Reading: Quality Management
  • Exercise: What Would You Do?

Contract Management and Administration

  • Contract Clauses
  • Management and Adminstration
  • Contract Modifications
  • Contract Closeout
  • Related Reading: Contract Management and Administration

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