Specification Writing

Thursday, September 26, 2024, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

TDI Instructor-Led Training - 8 hours

This workshop provides "hands-on" experience in developing specifications for the procurement of goods and services. Participants will develop a thorough understanding of the specification writing process and how to incorporate skills learned into future procurements. Participants will learn by practical application in addition to classroom theory.


  • Understand technical writing skills necessary for specification development
  • Recognize the different types of specifications and when to use each type
  • Understand the importance of language use in specification writing
  • Learn how to write specifications that can be easily administered and monitored
  • Write a competitive, technical specification that is clear, concise, complete and well formatted


  • Importance of Specifications
  • Identify Need and Define Objectives
  • Types of Specifications
  • Brand Names/Approved Product Lists
  • Services vs. Products
  • Planning and Organizing Techniques
  • Formatting the Document
  • Technical Writing Tips
  • Determining Minimum Requirements
  • Writing a Statement of Work
  • Payment Methods



Special Instructions

Lunch included


NCTCOG Arlington Offices
Centerpoint Two
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011

Target Audience

  • New purchasers who want to understand a basic fundamental skill in government procurement - specification writing
  • Veteran purchasers who want to improve their technical writing skills
  • Non-purchasing staff who prepare and submit user requirements to purchasing departments


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