This page contains general information about SCIP. Links
will provide more detailed information about becoming a
member and general guidelines on how SCIP functions.
SCIP member maintains an office with an extensive reference
library and is primarily engaged in the practice of
specification consulting. Membership includes about 180 full
time independent consultants in practice from coast to coast
and beyond. SCIP members subscribe to a Standard Code of
SCIP welcomes specifiers who are
specialist employees of firms providing a broader
range of professional design services to join as Affiliate
members. Although they are not responsible for managing
their own firms, they have many of the same specifications
services issues as independent Members.
of Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice serve
architects and engineers who need written documents prepared
by specialists who are technically up-to-date in document
organization, materials and methods, and production aids.
phone, and face-to-face contact allow outside consultants to
meet deadlines and to provide personal service that compares
to utilizing an in-house specialist. Many design firms use
independent specifications consultants as a vital part of
their internal quality control and claims avoidance programs,
as well as to control cost in an area of practice that
requires specialization and years of experience. SCIP members
also serve public agencies, product manufacturers, and
facility managers who use consulting specifiers to provide
services for which they cannot quickly or economically build
staff. In addition, many specifications consultants offer
related services such as investigations, document
coordination/quality control, master text preparation,
automation consulting and expert witness.
Roster is available to bona fide clients seeking help in
specification writing. Specialized rosters direct clients to
members specializing in short form specifying, specific
building types, and product literature preparation. Consult
SCIP about current resource lists in the area of your need.