Requests for Proposal (RFP) writing training, teaching practical techniques for creating RFPs that clearly and effectively convey your requirements.
RFPs (also called Invitations to Tender or ITTs) are used by both public and private organisations to solicit proposals from vendors and contractors for proposed projects and initiatives. High-quality RFPs set the tone for good communication between your organisation and your vendors, creating productive relationships.
RFP writing training is ideal for business and technical professionals who need to create RFPs, or are involved in evaluating or reporting on RFPs. You learn how to:
- Plan, structure and develop an RFP.
- Write high quality, clear requirements.
- Write technical requirements.
- Write requirements aimed at management.
- Request correct vendor qualification details and references.
- Request pricing details.
Request for Proposal (RFP) writing training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. We can provide your training in-class at one of our centres, at your venue, or online.
Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.
Been furloughed? You can still participate in training without this affecting your furloughed status, as confirmed on gov.uk.
In-class or online
In-class courses are now available to book again. We’re taking comprehensive measures to ensure your health and well-being – fewer people in-class, you won’t sit next to another person, comprehensive cleaning. To read more, see Covid-19 measures.
You can participate in this course online, from your place of work or home, at a discounted price. To read about how this works, see Live online training.
RFP writing training is hosted by highly experienced instructors, who have held senior authoring/writing roles in business. See Expert trainers.
How will I learn?
RFP writing training combines lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.
Exercises provide activity-based experience and help build delegates’ confidence writing RFPs. These exercises can be tailored to deal with issues specific to your business.
You have ample opportunity to discuss specific requirements with the trainer.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A training guide, to refer to throughout the course and to use as a refresher back in the work-place.
- A variety of tools, documents, templates and examples for use back in the workplace.
- An e-certificate confirming successful course completion. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following RFP writing training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. See Support.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for business writing training can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.
For further details, see training course payment options.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Request for Proposal (RFP) writing course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Request for Proposal (RFP) writing course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
Request for Proposal (RFP) writing training courses are hosted by:
Peter has thirty years’ experience in the IT industry in roles that have included Programmer, Author, Trainer, Business Analyst, Senior Manager and Education Management Consultant.
Peter’s technical authoring career began when, as a systems manager, he was asked to write a portable data terminal manual for sales reps. The reps learned how to use the new equipment, and Peter had found his niche.
He has written, designed and project-managed everything from printed manuals and technical specifications to online help and computer-based training materials, specialising in writing for an international audience. An expert in document automation and information re-purposing, he uses templates to avoid endlessly reinventing the wheel when producing documents.
Peter develops and teaches a wide range of technical and business writing training courses. Clients for whom Peter has recently consultancy services and training to include Learning Tree International, The Guardian, Canon Europe, the BBC, the MoD and the UN.
Crow has thirty years’ experience in technical authoring, and writing for business in the wider sense.
Her love of language, combined with a natural pickiness and attention to detail, has been put to good use in a variety of editing, writing, management and training roles.
Crow is a highly-experienced learning specialist who believes strongly in empowering authors through training. Clients for whom she has developed and delivered technical and business communication skills training include FW Pharma Systems, the Open College, the BBC, and Fitness First.
Crow has two degrees and a Certificate in Education. She is currently working on a range of books based on the writing courses she has developed.
RFP planning and development
- What is an RFP?
- Requests For Information (RFI)
- Developing the project
RFP overview and administrative information
- RFP overview
- Administrative information
Writing high quality requirements
- What are Requirements?
- Industry insight: poor requirements
- Solution vs. project scope
- Types of requirement in an RFP
Requirements writing techniques
- Traditional requirements
- Writing operational concepts
Writing the technical requirements section
- What are technical requirements?
Writing the management requirements section
- What are Management requirements?
- Project plan
- Project schedule
- Delivery and installation
- Maintenance and support
- Internal Business standards
Vendor qualification and references
- Example: vendor qualification and reference information
- Questions for vendors providing a vendor’s section
- Pricing using a template
- Pricing breakdown
- Validating prices
- Pricing issues
Contracts and licenses
- Types of contract and licenses
- Evaluation guidelines
- Evaluation criteria
- Identifying evaluation criteria
- Applying the criteria
- Best and final offers
- After the decision
Live online training
Live online training lets you participate in a business writing course from your place of work or home.
We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:
- See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the business writing training…
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.
We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…
- Online Request for Proposal (RFP) writing courses are presented by expert instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
- You receive comprehensive training materials.
- Your training is hands-on, and you carry out assisted exercises.
- You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.
All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.
For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.