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Baldrige 2020 Examiner Application Now Open

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The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2020 award cycle.

The Examiner Application is now available online and will be open until 6:00 pm ET on January 6.

Baldrige examiners are part of an elite group of more than 400 professionals from around the United States.  These experts give their time generously and enthusiastically to the Baldrige Program by utilizing the Baldrige Excellence Framework to evaluate organizations that are applying for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and to provide carefully crafted feedback to help these organizations improve.

The program accepts award applications from manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit organizations; therefore, coverage and balance within these sectors are important factors in selecting examiners.

Examiners are also selected based on knowledge of the Baldrige Framework and Criteria for Performance Excellence, industry expertise, good oral and written communication, and other attributes.

Learn more about the qualifications and sector needs for the 2020 Board.

Serving as a Baldrige examiner is an opportunity for personal and professional development and growth. Examiners make a major contribution to the national effort to recognize and promote performance excellence, and they benefit from an unparalleled networking and educational experience.

Examiners attend a training course focused on the Baldrige Framework and Criteria for Performance Excellence and their role in the Baldrige Award process. BPEP’s training resources, including examiner training, have been nationally recognized with multiple LEAD Awards, highlighted in Leadership Excellence Essentials magazine and presented by, as among the very best U.S. and global continuing-education programs with emphases on human resources and leadership/organizational development. 

After Examiners receive notification that they have been selected for the board, they will have the opportunity to choose among these training sessions, which will be held in Gaithersburg, MD in 2020:

  • April 21-24 
  • April 28-May 1 
  • May 5-8 

Learn more about the role of Baldrige Examiners, which includes 200+ hours in the evaluation of an actual Baldrige Award applicant, and may include a site visit review. Read testimonials of why others serve as Baldrige examiners.  

The application for appointment to the 2020 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners will close Monday, January 6, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Contact examappl [at] (examappl[at]nist[dot]gov) for more information.

For those professionals who don't have the time to commit to being a Baldrige examiner this year, they can still benefit from the training by participating in the Baldrige Examiner Training Experience (BETE). Registration for the BETE opens January 2020.

Released November 25, 2019