How to write better work specifications

Course overview

Do you order repair works to housing stock or have responsibility
for a team that does?
Writing a good, precise works specification is the essential
starting point for getting contractors and suppliers to provide
what you need and to the right quality.
In a tough economic climate, you need to ensure you have the
right skills to get the best value from your contractors and make
residents happy with the work to their homes.
Upkeep Training’s ‘How to Write Better Work Specifications’
course will help you understand and learn how best to write
specifications for life cycle, planned and cyclical maintenance,
capital improvements works or works to void or street properties.
Including a review of the type of your housing stock, the
importance of health & safety through to involving residents in
agreeing specifications, the course will also cover understanding
repairing liability on new build homes and managing defects.


What the course covers

• The design process and stages of development and procurement
• Types of specification: traditional, NBS, performance spec.,
contractors’ design, etc
• Impact of procurement and form of contract on specifications
• What you should do to prepare before you write a specification
• Key components: preliminaries, preambles, schedules of work, etc
• A review of the CDM Regulations
• Specification format
• Best practice approach to employers’ requirements
• Involving residents in writing work specifications


Who should attend

It is designed for technical staff who currently prepare works
specifications and schedules of work. A knowledge of basic
construction technology would be useful.


Length of course

1 day - 9.30am to 4.30pm



In house at your premises or see our calendar for public courses



£295 to attend the public course, or for groups of 8 or more, please enquire about an in-house course



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How to write better work specifications

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Upkeep’s courses have been developed by, and with industry experts.


All of our tutors have current or recent professional industry experience which means that you are learning from professionals with a great level of experience and skills.


We currently hold all of our scheduled courses in London, but are planning to start delivery in the midlands.


If you can’t make it to London, we can come to you with a bespoke training package tailored to meet your needs and those of your organisation. Get in touch at or give us a call on 0208 123 0804.

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