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Step 3: Solicit Statements of Qualifications

Reference Number: MTAS-680
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: March 23, 2017
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The next step is to solicit qualification statements from interested parties for professional services. This step commonly is called the request for qualifications (RFQ). The RFQ differs from a request for proposals (RFP). Issuing an RFP means that you are seeking a cost proposal. In the RFQ process, you are seeking the best-qualified firm. There are several ways to find the best firms:

  • Personal experience with firms that your city has successfully dealt with on other projects
  • Referrals from other cities that have recently completed similar projects may help you develop a list of prospective firms
  • Directories from professional organizations such as the Tennessee Society for Professional Engineers (
  • Advertisements in newspapers, in trade magazines and on your city’s website
  • Direct mail to firms or individuals

The RFQ package should contain the following information: