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WCA | Certificate in Specifications | Course 2: Specifier (SP)

Event Dates:
March 11 2024 to March 14 2024, March 18 2024

COURSE 2: Specifier (SP)

42 hours (6 days: March 11 - 15, March 18 online)

The Specifier (SP) course continues from where the Principles of Construction Documents (PCD) course ends and will provide you with the ability to interpret and create quality documentation and specifications. You will acquire 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.

At the completion of the course, you will have a solid grasp of a specifier's role, legal issues including contracts, bidding and disputes, writing style used in the profession and the process of researching and selecting products.


  • Types of Construction Contracts and Project Delivery Methods
  • Procurement and Contracting Requirements
  • Lien Legislation, Bonds, Insurance and Dispute Mechanisms
  • Writing From a Master Specification
  • Writing Original Specification Sections
  • Product Selection, Research and Assessment
  • Codes and Standards
  • Division 01 - Administrative and Procedural Requirements
  • Division 01 - Temporary Facilities and Controls
  • Division 01 - Performance Requirements and Life Cycle Activities
  • Relationships and Coordination - Divisions 00, 01 and Technical Sections
  • Specifying Quality and Performance Requirements
  • Specifying For Special Requirements

Intended Audience
The Specifier course is beneficial to anyone that works with construction specifications, including General Contractors, Trade Contractors, Consultants and Owners.

- Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers

- Specification Consultants, Specification Writers

- Project Managers, Site Superintendents, Estimators

- Building Authorities

- Building Owners/Facility Managers

If you are interested in taking only one of courses (either PCD or Specifier), contact Peggy at

Glenn Chatten, Wordclear Specifications
With an honors degree in religious studies and psychology from the University of Waterloo and having studied for a M.Div. at McMaster University Seminary, at first glance, Glenn Chatten may not seem to be considered a likely candidate for work in the Construction or Architectural Design Industry. Add also the fact that he is a well known, award winning, singer/songwriter, CFMA nominated, professional finger-style guitarist and an accomplished touring recording artist, the chances of seeing him in at construction or design meetings would seem remote.

Yet, Glenn has carved out a niche for himself in the world of construction by his varied experiences ranging from being a steel worker at Inverleigh Bridge Construction in the mid-eighties; the CEO of an award winning Ontario contracting firm in the nineties; the Architectural Sales Representative for Western Canada for General Paint Inc; to a successful specification writer working in partnership with Specworks Inc. in Vancouver, BC.

The strong thread that has tied all these experiences together has been his continued intent and focus on, awareness of, and ability to utilize his finely tuned and engaging communications skills.

For the past ten years as the Principal of Wordclear Specifications, Glenn works not only as an architectural consultant creating construction documentation and specifications for the West Coast industry but also offers education in the importance of specifications by providing presentations, lectures and workshops to firms, associations, college and universities; and teaching all of the courses (PCD, TR, CA, Specifier) offered by Construction Specifications Canada (CSC).

He brings with him an extensive knowledge of, and experience in - construction design, communication, building envelope sciences, specification writing, contract documentation and project management.

His seminars and lectures are both informative, educational and some would even say, entertaining.


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