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The CSC Ottawa Chapter is pleased to announce the offering of the amalgamated Specifier (SP) course over seven (7) Saturdays (8:30 am - 5:00 pm) from January 13, 2018 through March 3, 2018 (no classes available on Feb. 17, 2018 due to the Family Day Holiday)

The CSC Specifier course is a comprehensive overview of the construction specification profession in Canada. At the completion of the course, students will have a solid grasp of a specifier’s role, legal issues including contracts, bidding and disputes, writing style used in the profession and how to close out a project. A wide range of professional scenarios are explained, often using real-life examples.

Skills acquired in this course include:

  • Understanding legal contracts

  • Understanding the function of the project manual and associated drawings.

  • Developing the basis for good specifications.

  • Improved writing skills

  • Understanding the process of researching and selecting products.

The CSC Specifier course continues from where the PCD course ends and is a more in-depth education on the special techniques and skills required to write the procurement and contractual requirements of: Division 00; the administrative, procedural and temporary requirements of Division 01; and the technical specifications of Divisions 02 – 49.

Completion of this course is mandatory in the process of becoming a Certified Specification Practitioner (CSP). It also reduces the number of hours required to become a Registered Specification Writer (RSW).

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Lesson 1 Introduction

1 Introduction

2 Key Concepts

3 Learning Resources

Lesson 2 General Review

1 Introduction

2 Professional Practice

3 Specifications

4 Contracts

5 Project Delivery Methods

6 Contractor’s Jurisdiction

Lesson 3 Types of Construction Contracts and Project Delivery Methods

1 Introduction

2 Contracts

3 Project Delivery Methods

4 Delivery Management Types

5 Specifier’s Scope of Work

Lesson 4 Procurement and Contracting Requirements

1 Introduction

2 Fairness

3 Bidders

4 Bidding and Procurement Documents

5 Bidding and Contract Law

6 Bidding Instructions

7 Contracts

8 Alternatives and Substitutions

9 Bid Evaluation

10 Contract Award

11 Post-Bid Negotiations or Rebidding

Lesson 5 Lien Legislation, Bonds, Insurance and Dispute Mechanisms

1 Introduction

2 Lien Legislation

3 Bonding

4 Construction Insurance

5 Bonus, Penalty and Liquidated Damages

6 Disputes during the Project

Lesson 6 Specification Writing Basics: Grammar, Spelling and Conventions

1 Introduction

2 Vocabulary

3 Spelling

4 Grammar

5 Style

Lesson 7 Specification Writing – Getting Started

1 Introduction

2 Consistent Terminology

3 Drawings and Specifications

4 Interpreting Drawings

5 Schedules

6 Document Precedence

7 Specifications

8 Developing a Checklist

9 Preliminary Project Description and Outline Specifications

10 Client Requirements

11 Specifier’s Contribution

12 Coordingating with Division 01

Lesson 8 Writing From a Master Specification

1 Introduction

2 Master Specifications

3 Advantages of Master Specifications

4 Commercially Prepared Masters

5 How to use a Master Specification

6 Creating an Office Master

7 Updating your Master

8 Practice Writing

Lesson 9 Writing Original Specification Sections

1 Introduction

2 Original Specification Sections

3 Practice Writing

Lesson 10 Product Selection, Research and Assessment

1 Introduction

2 Procuring Project Information

3 Product Assessment and Interpreting Data

4 Selection of a Product by its Properities

5 Research New Products

6 Product Information and Format

7 Manufacturer’s Product Literature

8 Product Assessment and Comparison

Lesson 11 Codes and Standards

1 Introduction

2 Laws

3 Codes, Regulations, Legislation and Acts

4 Standards

5 The Authority Having Jurisdiction

Lesson 12 Division 01 – Administrative and Procedural Requirements

1 Introduction

2 General Information

3 Administration and Procedural Sections

4 Contract Changes

5 Submittals

6 Meetings

7 Coordination and Responsibility of the Contractor

8 Safety of the Project Site

Lesson 13 Division 01 – Temporary Facilities and Controls

1 Introduction

2 Temporary Facilities and Controls Sections

Lesson 14 Division 01 – Performance Requirements and Life Cycle Activities

1 Introduction

2 Product Requirements

3 Execution and Closeout

4 Performance Reuqirements

5 Life Cycle Activities

6 Start-Up, Demonstration and Testing

7 Owner Training and Demonstration

8 Operating and Maintenance Manual

9 Commissioning

10 Conclusion

Lesson 15 Relationships and Coordination – Divisions 00, 01 and Technical Sections

1 Introduction

2 Relationship Between Divisions 00 and 01

3 Relationship and coordination of the Contract and the Front End

4 Contract Coordination

5 Coordination with Single and Mutilple Contracts

6 Other Issues

Lesson 16 Specifying Quality and Performance Requirements

1 Introduction

2 Assessing Quality

3 Coordination with Division 01

4 Submittals

5 Performance Requirements

6 Mock-Ups

7 Warranties and Guarantees

Lesson 17 Specifying For Special Requirements

1 Introduction

2 Public Sector

3 Sustainable Design

4 Specifying Emerging Trends or New Products

5 Summary

Students should have:

  • Experience reading construction drawings;
  • Experience reading construction specifications;
  • Experiences researching construction materials;
  • Experience researching construction reference standards.
  • Or, Construction related Certification from a Technical College or University.
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