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Contracts for Professionals

Thomas Strong, P.L.S.

Course Outline

This course covers the importance of preparing a written contract and what specific elements should be included in the contract in order to provide the greatest protection against suit. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for design professional and land surveyors.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendee of this course will be able to prepare an effective written contract.

Course Introduction

The fabric of American business is woven with the thread of contracts. No matter how simple your business may seem, you're always in complex contractual relations with clients, customers, other businesses, the government and maybe even people you've never dealt with.

Writing a business contract does not require years of schooling, a law degree, or anything more than common sense. The law entitles each citizen to enter into agreements, either written or verbal, that are binding; in other words, that breaking the agreement is illegal and may bring penalty. But what does it take to make a contract?

Course Content

The link to the course content is as follows:

Contracts for Professionals (PDF file 49 KB)

You need to open or download the above document to study this course.

Course Summary

There are many excuses for not having a contract. It will insult my client; I deal over the telephone; we have always dealt on the basis of trust. No excuse is valid for not having a contract. A contract protects the client as well as the professional and as such it has become a necessary requirement of doing business today.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.