Objectives and Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the role and importance of specifications in the procurement process
  • Differentiate between the two main types of specifications
  • Determine the best specification to use for a particular procurement
  • List and define the phases of specification development
  • Write clear, concise specifications

Intended Audience

This course is intended for those procurement professionals who desire to understand and write better specifications. Although the material is introductory, some procurement experience is recommended (six months to one year). Real-life examples and current views of specification development allow this course to serve as a great refresher and skill enhancer for best practices in specification writing.


This is a self-paced, online course.

Specifications are one of the most important elements of the procurement process. Specifications define precise requirements of commodities (e.g., goods and services) sought through a solicitation process. Developing well-written specifications is one of the hardest tasks in Procurement as well as one of the hardest to learn. Unfortunately, many procurement professionals learn how to develop and write specifications through failed procurements and protests on issued procurements.

This online course will introduce and review the best practices for the development and use of specifications. Completing the four modules in this course will provide a solid foundation for the procurement professional to effectively develop and manage specifications.  This course is the recommended prerequisite for Practical Specification Writing. 

Practical Specification Writing


Independent Learning
Key 3 - All Contact Hours, CEUs and Accredited

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