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2015 Training Dates

New and Senior/Alumni Examiners/Examiner Training Experience participants

May 5–8
May 12–15
May 19–22

Returning Examiners
May 6–8
May 13–15
May 20–22

(Dates will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.)

2015 Frequently Ask Questions (Gaithersburg, Maryland)

Attention: Please Note Change for 2015

Effective July 21, 2014, under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID-compliant or have an extension.

NIST currently accepts other forms of federally issued identification in lieu of a state-issued driver’s license, such as a valid passport, passport card, DOD Common Access Card (CAC), Veterans ID, Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs, Military Dependents ID, Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC), and TSA Trusted Traveler ID.

To learn more about the REAL ID Act and to determine if your state or territory is compliant, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions web page at


What documents are accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency?

To be a member of the volunteer Baldrige Board of Examiners, you must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident of the United States or its territories. If you served on the Board of Examiners in 2011 or later, you do not need to present proof of U.S. citizenship again. If you did not serve on the Board of Examiners in 2011 or later, you will need to present one of the following documents to verify U.S. citizenship or permanent residency:

  • U.S. Passport

  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county, or state

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth

  • Naturalization Certificate

  • Certificate of Citizenship

  • Permanent Resident Card

Should you have any questions, please contact the Examiner Help Center at

Where is the examiner training location?
All training classes will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Transportation will be provided between the hotels and NIST during training. For those driving to training, NIST has free on-site parking. You will need photo identification to enter the campus and may be requested to show photo identification while on the NIST grounds. For additional information, download the Examiner Training Logistics Information book.

Attention: Please Note Change for 2015

Due to the Real ID Act restrictions, only those living in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will be permitted to drive private vehicles onto the NIST campus.

If you are not staying at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, you must meet the bus each morning by 7:45 a.m. at the hotel to be taken to the NIST campus.

How do I request to change or cancel my training week?
If you need to cancel or change your training week, contact the Baldrige Program immediately via e-mail at

What time does the training start and end each day?
Classes will start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday (for Senior and New Examiners) and Wednesday (for Returning Examiners) through Friday. Classes end at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

All examiner training participants are invited to attend the Baldrige Director’s Reception at the NIST Administration Building (101) on Wednesday night. During this event, Robert Fangmeyer, Director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, will share changes and other current information related to the Baldrige Program. Attendance at this reception is limited to Baldrige Examiner Preparation course participants and Baldrige staff members.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my self-study/prework assignment?
For questions related to the self-study/prework assignment, please send an e-mail to or call (877) 237-9064 (select option 2 in the automated voicemail system)

What is the name and location of the hotel where I’ll be staying during training?
Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
9751 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(800) 228-9290

You can not make your hotel reservation until after receiving an e-mail message from the Baldrige office confirming your training week.
For additional information, go to

What is the hotel room rate?
Blocks of rooms have been reserved for examiner training participants at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center ($199/night). All reservations must be made by the following dates and time to get the training block rate.

Week 1 – “Cutoff date” – 6:00 p.m., EDT, Monday, April 13, 2015
Week 2 – “Cutoff date” – 6:00 p.m., EDT, Monday, April 20, 2015
Week 3 – “Cutoff date” – 6:00 p.m., EDT, Monday, April 27, 2015

How do I make a hotel reservation?
Contact the hotel at (800) 228-9290 or make a reservation online. Download the logistics information book for online reservations.

You can not make your hotel reservations until after receiving an e-mail message from the Baldrige office confirming your training week.

Will transportation be provided from the airport to the hotel?
No. Examiners are expected to make arrangements and pay for their own transportation to the hotels. Additional information on traveling from the airports to the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center can be found in the Examiner Training Logistics book.

Will transportation be provided to the airport on Friday?
Yes. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided to the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, the three area airports, and the Shady Grove Metro Station (the subway servicing the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area) immediately after training on Friday afternoon. Transportation is reserved for Baldrige Examiner Training course participants only.

Can I receive reimbursement for expenses incurred while attending the training?
No. The Baldrige Program provides the training course, course materials, transportation between the hotel and the training site, lunches during the training course, and one evening reception free of charge. In addition, the Baldrige Program covers all travel and lodging costs for examiners who participate in a site visit. Examiners or their employers need to cover other transportation, lodging, and other costs related to attending training in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Fortunately the Baldrige Program has secured a discounted rate at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center for training participants.

Additional Examiner Training Logistics Information can be located at

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