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Apply to Become a Baldrige Examiner

Become a Baldrige Examiner | Examiner Role | Qualifications | Apply | Testimonials | Award 

ATTENTION: The Baldrige Award process is currently being revamped! We hope to share details of the revised process and invite Baldrige examiners to participate later this fall. Please note that the evaluation process is expected to change significantly, as is the process schedule and cycle time. Although we know we will continue to need the support of our volunteer examiners, it is currently unclear how many and what types of examiners will be needed to support the revised process. We appreciate your patience as we work through the details. More information to come soon.

For Information Purposes Only

You will need to provide the following information to complete an application for the Board of Examiners. 

Contact Information
Employment Information (last 10 years )
Professional Information
Essay Questions (about your knowledge, skills, and abilities and any Criteria category expertise)
Two References (new examiner applicants only)

Selection Notification Dates

March 14-16, 2022

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

In the application, you will need to electronically sign a statement indicating that you understand the Baldrige Program's requirements for Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest.

Selected examiners will need to provide information that allows us to determine conflicts of interest with Baldrige Award applicants. You will be asked to disclose the identity of employers, competitors, key customers, key suppliers, and clients—past, present, or potential—whose interest might be favorably or unfavorably affected by your actions as Baldrige examiner. This includes disclosure of

  • companies in which you have financial holdings
  • affiliations that may present or seem to present a conflict of interest for you

This information will only be used to assign you to applications, and we will keep the information confidential. You will need to sign the disclosure before attending training. Any material misstatement of fact in your application or incomplete disclosure of conflicts of interest will be grounds for disqualification from the review process or dismissal from the Board of Examiners. In addition, you will be required to update your employment, financial, and client records periodically throughout your appointment.


The 2022 Examiner Preparation training course will be provided at no cost. Additionally, the Baldrige Program covers all travel-related costs for site visits.

Training Location


Training Period

Selected examiners will complete a rigorous virtual examiner training course focused on the Baldrige Excellence Framework® and the Examiner role in the Baldrige Award process. This consists of 50-55 hours of independent work, online training modules, and group discussion.

After receiving notification that you've been selected for the board, you will be provided with instructions to enroll in the Examiner Preparation training course.

You must successfully complete all training in order to remain on the Board of Examiners and assigned to an examiner team.

2022 Virtual Training Period

Late March to early May [Attendance at all sessions is required]


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    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 1020
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1020
Created October 20, 2010, Updated August 15, 2023