Effective Auditing of Construction Contract Change Orders

Thursday, September 14, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Cost $89 - Earn 1 CPE - Register Early - Space is Limited

This webinar will address methodology for effectively auditing construction contract change orders.  The importance of  establishing effective change order contract language will be discussed along with recommended clauses that make change order pricing auditable.  

Examples of pre-approval and post-approval change order analysis techniques that resulted in significant cost-avoidance or cost recovery will be discussed. 

The following typical overcharges on change orders will be discussed:

  • labor and labor burden rates are overstated
  • estimated labor hours are inappropriately high due to improper use of labor productivity factors
  • improper charges for supervision labor that should be covered by change order markup
  • material prices are significantly in excess of actual market cost
  • overstated material quantities
  • improper charges for markups

Examples from our change order audit experiences will be used to illustrate the major learning points presented during this webinar.  

Key Learning Objectives    

Learn how to:

  1. Assist your organization in the development of a best practice construction contract that helps the Owner effectively control and audit change order costs
  2. Partner with management in order to conduct timely value-added change order cost analysis resulting in meaningful cost avoidance and/or cost recovery
  3. Identify overcharges in change orders that often go unchallenged

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone responsible for controlling construction costs in their organization
  • Anyone who has attended our previous construction related seminars:
    -  Construction Fraud:  Detection, Prevention & Response
  • Anyone responsible for managing construction activity
    • Directors of Construction/Capital Projects
    • Program/Project Managers
  • Anyone responsible for investigating suspected fraud in construction activity
  • Anyone experienced in construction contract administration and/or construction audit
  • Certified Construction Auditors
  • Certified Cost Control Professionals
  • Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Certified Internal Auditors
  • Certified Public Accountants
  • Chief Financial Officers or Controllers

  • Note:  The webinar is intended for attendees who have not recently attended our "Effective Auditing of Construction Activity" or "Controlling Construction Costs" seminars because much of the content in the webinar was covered in those seminars. 
  • This webinar is intended to be a useful way for others in your organization to hear the highlights regarding change order auditing from those seminars.  

Participant Reviews From Rich Townsend's Previous Webinars

"Rich does a great job relating his real life audit experiences to the topics he is covering."

"The examples and referenced articles regarding audit findings added value to the training"

"Very good session, well organized and presented."

"Hope to see more webinars like this."


Rich Townsend

Rich Townsend is CEO of the consulting firm R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC., which provides construction audit and cost control consulting services for Owner organizations in the United States.

Mr. Townsend is a Certified Construction Auditor (CCA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is a graduate of Waynesburg College (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania) where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in accounting.Rich Townsend is Co-Owner of the consulting firm R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC., which provides construction audit and cost control consulting services for Owner organizations in the United States.

For over 20 years, Mr. Townsend has been providing professional development training for Owner auditors and Owner construction management representatives for a wide variety of organizations and industries throughout the United States and Canada.  His seminars entitled "Controlling Construction Costs"  and "Effective Auditing of Construction Activity have been presented in affiliation with Courtenay Thompson & Associates.

Additional Information

 Participants Earn 1.0 CPE Credit     

- In order to be awarded the full credit, you must respond to 3 out of 4 polling questions asked during the program.

 Field of Study:  Auditing

 Prerequisites:  None

 Advanced Preparation:  None     

 Program Level:  Basic     

 Delivery Method:  Group Internet Based  

Program Fee

Webinar Fee:  $89

Registration FEE may be paid by MasterCard, Visa or American Express

Only prepaid registrations by credit card are allowed.


Register On-Line:     Click here to register on-line

Registering more than one person?  Please call Marie Jones at (254) 736-0309

If you need assistance with registering, please call Marie.


-The webinar is intended only for paid attendees for individual viewing on their PC.

-We will be using the GoToTraining system to present the webinar.

-No advance reading will be required.

-The material presented during the webinar will be available after the webinar is concluded.

Attendee Reviews from our Last Webinar on Change Orders:

"It was organized and the flow output of the meeting was excellent."

"Instructor was knowledgeable and to the point."

"Mr. Townsend was very informative and he used good real live examples."

"Gave a good overview of how to be more effective in auditing change orders."

"Great examples to demonstrate and explain the points."

"Directly addressed the areas I audit.  Loved seeing the cost recoveries."

"Good information with takeaways I can start using.  Thanks!"

Cancellation and Refund

Refunds and Cancellations:  If you register for a webinar and are unable to attend, please notify us by email and we will apply your credit toward any future webinar or refund.   For more information regarding refund, concerns and/or program cancellation policies please contact Marie Jones by email marie.jones@caacci.org or call 254-736-0309. 


All participants are eligible to receive up to 1 Continuing Education Credit (CPE) to fulfill professional accreditation requirements. In order to be awarded the full credit, you must respond to 3 out of 4 polling questions asked during the program

Field of Study: Auditing. Course Level: Basic. Group-Internet Based, no prerequisites or advanced preparation required. For information regarding CPE, complaint, or program cancellation, please contact our office at (972) 679-6762.

The Construction Audit & Cost Control Institute is registered with the National Association of  State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:  www.nasbaregistry.org.    


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