Conditions of Contract, Producer Statements and Consultancy Guidelines
IPENZ encourages all members to follow a recognised professional practice in communicating with clients on commercial matters (Code of Ethics, 2.10). To assist in this, IPENZ and the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACENZ) have developed some standard contractual documents for use by professional engineers in selling consulting services.
The standard document is called the Conditions of Contract for Consultancy Services (between the Commercial Client and Consultant for Professional Services), commonly called the "long form". This is generally used for larger engagements and a new booklet is used for each engagement.
The single sheet short form agreement is suitable for engagements in many fields of engineering where the value is about that of a medium-sized house. The "model conditions" on the back encompass both domestic and commercial contracts.
Complementing these is the booklet Guidelines for Consulting Engineering Services written for clients on the engagement of consultants. It explains some of the issues relating to the engaging a consulting engineer. It explains the rationale for the words used in the CCCS as well as covering issues such as fees and services. It is intended that a copy of this be given to clients. It is also useful for consultants, particularly those starting out in business.
To discuss use of the documents, contact The Engineering Practice Manager at IPENZ National