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Qualification Based Selection: A guide for procuring design professional services in Tennessee

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Reviewed Date: April 08, 2021

Original Author: 
Rollins, Sharon
Date of Material: 
Jul 2, 2019

Public works--Contracts
Public works--Personnel
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Purchasing--Professional services--Bids, proposals and specifications

Qualification Based Selection: A guide for procuring design professional services in Tennessee

This guide for procuring professional design services was created through the cooperative effort of the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Working Group, a group consisting of representatives from various State agencies, professional societies, and private individuals. The purpose of the QBS Working Group was to create a document outlining the process for the procurement of professional design services using Qualifications Based Selection in a manner that complies with state law and benefits both design professionals and public bodies alike. Through five public meetings from April to December, 2018, the QBS Working Group considered its goal of providing guidance. Working from a document created by Sharon Rollins for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) (an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service that assists municipalities with technical consulting, training and field services) as a guide, the QBS Working Group adopted the attached document as its final product for the purpose of achieving its goal of providing guidance to design professionals and public bodies. A second document is attached. This is the appendices of the QBS document which provides sample forms to used in the process of acquiring the services of design professionals.


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