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Specification writing


Specification writing 

CPDA sound understanding of specification is vital for successful contracting


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the legal importance of specifications and the differing types and forms commonly used in commercial operations
  • Ensure that the appropriate forms of specification are being used by your organisation, and that they are legally sound and correctly transfer risk to the supply base
  • Structure the specification itself, design KPIs and properly measure supplier performance.
Date: Thursday 12 October 2017
Venue: De Vere Devonport House
Fee: Members - £450.00 per person
  Non-members - £500.00 per person


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Is it right for me?


This one-day course is a must for anyone seeking to improve performance and understanding in this key area of professional practice. As buyers continue to outsource increasingly complex goods and services, the impact of specifications on risk management and value for money has become more and more important. This course gives you a practical hands-on guide to specifying goods and services, using case-study-based workshops to develop a truly practical understanding of all matters related to specifying.


What key points will the training cover?


  • What is a specification?
  • The differing nature of specifications
  • The use of standards
  • Sustainability and environmental aspects
  • General principles in developing specifications
  • Specifying on a total life cost basis
  • Specifying services
  • Legal aspects relating to specifications.


CIPS Direct Associates are appointed for their extensive knowledge and experience in the procurement and supply sector.  The tutor for this course has been specially selected for their particular skills and expertise in the subject area.  This is a crucial part of CIPS' ongoing commitment to ensure all of our delegates have a high-quality, informative and enjoyable learning experience.


Member: £450 (excl. VAT)

Non-member: £500 (excl. VAT)


Fee includes:

Lunch, refreshments and all course materials


Inclusive e-learning:

Specifications and key performance indicators


12 October 2017
De Vere Devonport House, London


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If your query is regarding course details (content, timings, costs, etc.), please contact events@cips.org or call +44 (0)1780 756777.



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