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Morning Session
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12:00 – 1:00 pm CDT
Afternoon Session
1:00 – 5:00 pm CDT


Presented by
Dr. Mark Decker

Proposal Types and the Writing Process
Proposal types and formats: internal, external, unsolicited, solicited
Proposal content
The writing process
Exercises to help you retain and use what you’ve learned

Planning and Creating the Successful Proposal
Preparing a capture plan
Forming a proposal-writing team
Examining solicitation documents and successful proposals for helpful information
Exercises to help you plan a successful proposal

Drafting Proposals and RFPs
Creating a proposal outline
Structure and organization
Writing process
Specific suggestions for drafting various proposal components
Writing tips for drafting RFPs and other solicitation documents
Exercises to help you draft a successful proposal

Revising and Editing the Successful Proposal
Assembling a review team
Overview of the review process
Editing for length and structure
Editing for grammar, spelling and punctuation
Editing collaboratively
Exercises to help you polish your proposal



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All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs*

7.0 non-HSW CE Hours*
7.0 AIA LU| Elective

*Not approved for engineers
or architects in New York


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and
7.0 non-HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects in all states that accept non-HSW continuing education hours.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130).

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU| Elective (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).




Dr. Mark Decker, PhD

Professor and Department Chair in the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania’s English Department

Mr. Decker teaches Technical Writing and Writing Technical Manuals in support of the Professional Writing minor. Dr. Decker has PhD and MA degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University (2001, 1997) and he graduated summa cum laude in English from Utah State University (1995).

While an undergraduate, Dr. Decker worked for several years as a staff writer for Aerotech News and Review, an aerospace and defense industry trade newspaper published in Lancaster, California. During graduate school, Dr. Decker was a member of the Leonhard Center for Technical Writing Initiative, a collaboration between Penn State’s Department of English and College of Engineering designed to promote an exchange of ideas between technical writing instructors and the scientific and engineering communities. Dr. Decker also taught Business Writing, Technical Writing, and an Advanced Technical Writing course that enrolled graduate students from technical and scientific disciplines.

After graduate school, Dr. Decker spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he taught Technical Writing in support of that school’s major in Technical Communication and served as the advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Dr. Decker has given presentations at several national and international conferences and has published both a book and a co-edited book as well as several scholarly articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia chapters.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Writing Successful Proposals and RFPs

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examples strategies and methods of writing clear, accurate, and understandable proposals and requests for proposals that will be easily understood by target audiences.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the vital role of capture plans and assembling a talented proposal-writing capture team, identify and explain the key elements of every capture plan, and they will acquire skills at writing successful solicitation and proposal documents.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to apply learned skills to revise, edit and polish proposals for successful outcomes by assembling a review team, promoting collaborative editing, edit for length and structure, and edit for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to differentiate the types and formats of proposals and requests for proposals, identify the purpose and target audience of each, and describe the appropriate content of each type of proposal, and they will be able to understand the writing process.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to create a proposal outline following established structure and organization, be able to initiate the writing process, and apply skills learned to write effective proposals and solicitation documents.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Understanding of the purposes of proposals and requests for proposals

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/01/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation