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Apply to Become a Baldrige Examiner

Baldrige Award Process Update - Examiner Recruitment and Selection for 2024 

The Baldrige Program has made the decision to streamline the examiner application, selection, and training processes for 2024 by only selecting master, senior, and returning Baldrige examiners  who served in 2021 or 2022. This will help ensure we can focus our time and efforts on effectively designing and rolling out the revised award process itself. Should it be necessary, we will do some targeted recruitment of experienced examiners who served prior to 2021 to ensure appropriate balance, sector representation, and industry expertise on the Board of Examiners. 

While we do not yet know the number and type of applicant organizations who will apply in 2024, we do know that the streamlined award evaluation process will utilize smaller examiner teams, limiting the number of examiners that can serve during the 2024 award process. We will broaden recruitment and selection for 2025 and beyond. Although you may not serve as an examiner during the 2024 award process we encourage you to support your state Baldrige-based Alliance program.

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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)

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 2024 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 New Baldrige Award Criteria for 2024 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.

2024 Virtual Training Period

Late February through March [Attendance at all sessions is required]


  • Baldrige Customer Service
    (301) 975-2036
    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 1020
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1020
Created October 20, 2010, Updated January 4, 2024