Construction Specifications

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 14 hour course, no prerequisites

This sem­i­nar pro­vides the prin­ci­ples of con­struc­tion spec­i­fi­ca­tions includ­ing their role, relat­ed doc­u­ments, and the needs of the con­sul­tant. This course is specif­i­cal­ly intend­ed for con­struc­tion prod­uct rep­re­sen­ta­tives, con­trac­tors, cost con­sul­tants, archi­tects, engi­neers, and own­ers. Skills required to aid in the read­ing, writ­ing, and inter­pre­ta­tion of spec­i­fi­ca­tions will be cov­ered. Impacts of asso­ci­at­ed respon­si­bil­i­ties includ­ing risk man­age­ment aris­ing from bid­ding pro­ce­dures, the role of con­tract con­di­tions and gen­er­al require­ments are also cov­ered. In addi­tion, the course will also offer iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of stan­dard doc­u­ment for­mats used in spec­i­fi­ca­tion writ­ing, and how they are used in the var­i­ous stages of pre-bid and construction.

Course at a glance
  • Recognized by Gold Seal and Blue Seal both as required education for accreditation and continuing professional development (post-accreditation maintenance).
  • Aimed at a wide range of construction workers, this course will be of special interest to construction product representatives, project managers, tradesmen and journeymen, contractors, cost consultants, architects, engineers, and construction business owners.
  • Course notes available on eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Two-day condensed delivery format.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of the project manual in relationship to the bidding documents, construction contract documents, general requirements and the technical specifications.
  • Utilize the contents of the project manual for construction administration duties.
  • Recognize the role of MasterFormat, SectionFormat, and PageFormat in construction specifications.
  • Recognize the elements of good specification writing practice, including assessment of risk and liability associated with the documents.
  • Identify how the performance requirements contained in the technical specification can affect the selection of products and affect work results, and recognize the effect of specification writing techniques on the outcome of the bid.
  • Recognize the role of Division 00 and Division 01 documents on the contract and technical specifications, and how they are used in the administration of the project.
Take note:

Recommended readings:

  • Masterformat: Numbers & Titles, Construction Specifications Institute, 2012
  • Bidding and Tendering: What Is the Law?, 4th edition, Paul Sandori and William Pigott, Butterworths, 2009 (ISBN 0-433-43018-4)
  • Construction Specification Writing, 5th edition, Harold J. Rosen and John R. Regener Jr., Wiley (ISBN: 0-471-43204-0)
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Offered:


Fall courses: all online

All courses will be delivered online, including many that were previously unavailable in the online format.

If you do see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format – but not the program. There will be no in-person offerings through the Faculty of Extension for the Fall term.

Get ready to keep learning! Register for a course and join us online this Fall.

Philip Perry

Your Instructor

Philip Perry

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

All of us at Extension are looking forward to welcoming you to our virtual classrooms this season with courses that are tailor-made for online delivery. Join us!
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Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • 14 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at corporate.learning@ualberta.ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until February 7, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and October.

  • 1 scheduled
  • Online delivery
  • 14 hour course, no prerequisites


Fall courses: all online

All courses will be delivered online, including many that were previously unavailable in the online format.

If you do see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format – but not the program. There will be no in-person offerings through the Faculty of Extension for the Fall term.

Get ready to keep learning! Register for a course and join us online this Fall.