Course summary
Length: 1 day
Price: 595 GBP excl. VAT
Location: Birmingham, London, Manchester
Next available date: 28/11/2017 - Birmingham

Course Description

IET Courses

Specification Writing - 1-day training course in writing skills

Writing an effective specification is extremely crucial to a successful project delivery. If the specification is not fit for purpose, the project will consequently fail to meet expectation with possible significant commercial consequences. An effective specification pitched correctly will ensure a successful project outcome. In this one day training course participants will learn the skills to write down effective specifications. 

This course can also be offered in the in-house/company specific format for groups of participants.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This one-day course is aimed at anyone who is new to writing specifications, or someone who wants to improve their specification writing skills. It covers the end-to-end process stages (planning, compiling and editorial aspects) with practical tips on the best methodologies to apply.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

On successful completion of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Approach the task of drafting in a systematic manner, taking into account the key steps to specification writing and the type of specification required (e.g. general or technical);
  • Identify the appropriate structure for the specification, in order to communicate the requirements effectively and efficiently (e.g. what method to apply to best describe the specification content and take into account the differing needs of the owner and recipient);
  • Apply the specification language in a precise and clear manner to prevent misinterpretation through vague and ambiguous text;
  • Apply effective methods of specification amendment review and issue control.

Training Course Content

The course covers the following topics:

Introduction to Specification Writing

  • What are specifications, their purpose and types;
  • Stages to producing a specification.

    Stage 1: Planning and Preparation
  • Establishing the needs of the sponsor/stakeholders and the intended recipients;
  • Establishing the scope and interfaces;
  • What people resources to consider / incorporate;
  • What reference material resources to consider / incorporate;
  • Specification structure layout and style;
  • Approval and authorisation;
  • Issue control and change control quality assurance.

    Stage 2: Drafting
  • Layout structure and style;
  • Complexity and length;
  • Specification language;
  • Tips on pitfalls to avoid.

    Stage 3: Review
  • Editing tools and techniques;
  • Quality assurance tips;
  • Managing draft change control;
  • Managing draft review consultation.

Stage 4: Issue Control

  • Key requirements for issue control;
  • Key requirements for specification version release record keeping.


The cost of this course is £595 + VAT. Early bird discounts and member prices can apply.
Contact the IET for details.

This course can also be delivered in-house,
Contact the IET for more information if you wish to arrange this course on your premises.

Provider: The Institution of Engineering and Technology - IET

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