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P122A
Professional LiabilityAIA

Samir G. Khoury, Ph.D., P.G.

This course explains the meaning of professional liability and introduces you to the common causes that lead to the filing of claims. The debilitating effects of professional liability claims can best be appreciated by those who have experienced them. The resulting drawn-out court litigation results in psychological trauma for all parties involved and represents a scattering of energies, a drag on productivity, a drain on profitability and an enormous waste of time.

The lessons presented here review, from a contractor's perspective, promising strategies that will help you minimize your exposure to unwarranted professional claims. You will benefit by learning how to take simple actions to avoid the common pitfalls that increase your exposure to claims. To accomplish this goal, the following topics are examined:

  • Elements of a contract
  • Methods for establishing and maintaining credibility
  • Staff competence and performance
  • Communication skills


  • These represent the 4 Cs of business: contract, credibility, competence and communication. Based on my personal experience and from my readings on this subject, it appears that large numbers of professional liability claims result from a breakdown in communication between the client and contractor. Clear communication between the parties can prevent a significant number of claims from being filed in the first place. The other components of the 4Cs are equally important to the success of your undertakings and will also be discussed in this course.

    This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

    This course is registered with AIA/CES as a continuing education course for architects, and qualifies for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) credits. Courses registered with AIA/CES are acceptable to all state licensing boards for architects.



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    NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.

    AIA Members: You must take the courses listed under the category "AIA/CES Registered Courses" if you want us to report your Learning Units (LUs) to AIA/CES. If you take courses not registered with AIA/CES, you need to report the earned Learning Units (not qualified for HSW credits) using Self Report Form provided by AIA/CES.

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