How to apply
You can apply for a specialist brief if you have been approved to offer the area of expertise listed on the brief.
If you haven't yet been approved to offer the area of expertise the opportunity requires, you can request an assessment. If we can confirm your expertise before the opportunity closes you can apply.
If your assessment is successful but the opportunity has closed, you can apply for opportunities that call for that area of expertise in future, without needing to be reassessed.
Essential and 'nice to have' skills and experience
Each opportunity sets out essential skills and experience as well as 'nice to have' skills and experience. You must have all essential skills and experience to apply for an opportunity.
If you have any questions about an opportunity, select 'sign in to ask a question' and add your question. We will then share your question with the buyer.
Before the opportunity closes, your question and answer will published on the opportunity page.
To give time for buyers to answer, you can only ask questions for the first half of the time an opportunity is live. So if the opportunity is for 1 week you can ask questions for the first 2 business days after the opportunity is published. If the opportunity is open for 2 weeks you have 1 week to ask questions.
The deadline for asking questions is published on the opportunity.
Question and answer sessions
Buyers may also offer a question and answer session for potential sellers. You'll need to sign in to view the details of how to join a question and answer session.
A short time after an opportunity closes the buyer will let you know if you are on their shortlist.
Shortlisted sellers are then invited into the evaluation stage. The buyer will let you know of any materials you will need to prepare. For example a proposal or presentation.
If you're chosen to perform the work, you and the seller can develop and agree a work order, which is the contract for the work.