Professional, Specialty and Consulting Services
Click here for guidelines for processing and submitting requisitions for Professional, Specialty and Consulting Services (PSC).
Click here to view a processing flow chart for PSC services in the amount of $2,000 and less.
Click here to view a processing flow chart for PSC services for contract amounts of $2,001 - $49,999.
Click here to view a processing flow chart for PSC services for contract amounts greater than $49,999.
Required contract forms(s) may be reviewed and downloaded from Forms.
A profession is a vocation founded upon prolonged and specialized intellectual training that enables a particular service to be rendered. The word "professional" implies professed attainments in special knowledge, as distinguished from mere skill. For contracts with a total amount of compensation of $50,000 or more, the definition of professional service shall be limited to lawyers, doctors, dentists, psychologists, certified advanced practice nurses, veterinarians, architects, engineers, land surveyors, landscape architects, accountants, actuaries, claims adjusters, and any other profession that may be added by regulations adopted by the Office of Contractual Review of the Division of Administration.
Specialty services include work rendered by individuals that requires use of creative or artistic skills, such as, but not limited to, graphic artists, sculptors, musicians, photographers, and writers, or that requires use of highly technical or unique individual skills or talents, such as, but not limited to, paramedicals, therapists, handwriting analysts, foreign representatives, and expert witnesses for adjudications or other court proceedings.
Consulting services include work, other than professional or personal services, rendered by either individuals or firms who possess specialized knowledge, experience, and expertise to investigate assigned problems or projects and to provide counsel, review, design, development, analysis, or advise in formulating or implementing programs or services, or improvements in programs and services, including but not limited to such areas as management, personnel, finance, accounting, planning, data processing, and advertising contracts. External contracts for consulting services where the total amount of compensation is less than $50,000 may be negotiated by the end user with a responsible contractor without competitive bidding. Contracts for $50,000 or more must be awarded by Request for Proposals (RFP) pursuant to the requirements of Louisiana R.S.39:1503. Failure to comply shall result in having to re-do the entire process.
Social Services include any work rendered to a citizen(s) by any person, firm, corporation, organization, or governmental body where the services are furthering the general welfare of the citizens of Louisiana. These include, but are not limited to, the Incumbent Worker Training Program or the Truancy Assessment and Service Centers. Services that are less than $250,000 per 12-month period may be negotiated with a responsible contractor without the issuance of a RFP (Request for Proposals).
However, PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT DATE ON ANY CONTRACT, the contract shall have been
processed and approved by Procurement Services. Contract approval could take up to
sixty (60) days, depending on the dollar amount of the contract and the reviews and
approvals required from other University offices or from other state agencies.
Under no circumstances should an individual sign an agreement with any proposed contractor.