Objectives and Intended Outcomes

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

  • Identify problems and errors in specifications
  • Explain the ramifications of those problems and errors
  • Make recommendations to correct those problems and errors
  • Identify strategies for approaching unclear procurements

Intended Audience

This course is designed for all public procurement professionals who develop solicitation documents.


This workshop focuses on skills development and assumes those attending possess experience writing specifications and an understanding of specifications and the specification development process. In lieu of direct experience, it is strongly recommended that learners complete the on-line, self-paced course, Introduction to Specifications, before attending this workshop. The online course will establish the knowledge base and provide real-world examples enabling learners to develop their writing skills in the workshop.


Specifications are critically important to any procurement. Poorly written specifications can lead to lack of competition, purchasing an inappropriate commodity, protests, contract disputes and cost overruns. This course develops skills based on the foundation established in the Introduction to Specifications online course. It starts with problem statements within a specification, builds to problem specifications and culminates with strategies to approach specifications for unclear and difficult procurements.



1 Day Course

Requirements of participants to receive Certificate of Completion

  • Attendance at the entire course is mandatory. NIGP does not issue partial CEU credits or contact hours.
  • In order to receive credit for the course, participants must pass a final assessment
  • A course evaluation must be completed prior to the completion of the course.
  • Students will receive the Certificate of Completion after completing the final assessment and course evaluation.
Key 3 - All Contact Hours, CEUs and Accredited

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