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Virginia SPQA’s success depends on dedicated Examiners who provide feedback to Award and Recognition Applicants and Discovery Program Participants through the lens of the Baldrige Excellence Framework. Being an Examiner is an honor and potential career enhancer. Examiners dedicate an average of 130-180 hours each year to review SPQA award applications, conduct site visits as necessary, and write detailed feedback reports. Examiners come from all walks of life; the common denominator is an interest in the sciences associated with organizational performance excellence.

17 Benefits of Being an Examiner

  1. A resume noticeable accomplishment
  2. Public recognition of accomplishment including a certificate and employer letter signed by Virginia’s Senators
  3. Continued personal learning and professional development – sharpening skills and adding knowledge valuable to other types of certification efforts
  4. Recertification or continuing education credits in some professions and certifications, e.g. ASQ
  5. Mental stimulation, acuity and agility gained from participating in the evaluation process and interacting with other examiners
  6. Applied knowledge of the Baldrige Excellence Framework including its “World Class” Criteria for Performance Excellence
  7. Understanding how to apply the Framework in one’s own organization
  8. Strengthen your ability to use the Baldrige Excellence Framework for organizational assessment.
  9. Develop analytical, team-work and consensus-building skills and a systems perspective that can be applied at your home or organization.
  10. Exposure to best practices from other organizations and sectors to apply in one’s own organization
  11. Networking with performance excellence professionals who share a common language
  12. Complimentary registration for Examiner Training, and registration discounts for other SPQA events, e.g. the Inquirer’s Guide to the Baldrige Framework Workshop, which is held several times annually
  13. Developmental path for advancing in the Virginia SPQA Program
  14. Potential advancement to the national Baldrige Program
  15. Experiencing of a sense of pride and giving back to the community
  16. Even though there is a good deal of work involved in being an Examiner – the return on investment (ROI) is HUGE!
  17. The people you meet are to notch, the exposure to different business and industry models expands your horizons and best of all, it is a lot of fun!

Information for Individuals who want to be an Examiner

To ensure expertise is present and consistently applied, Examiners undergo training prior to undertaking a review. Likewise, new Examiners are supported by a mentor and paired with more experienced Examiners to form evaluation Teams.

Individuals interested in becoming an Examiner submit an “on-line” application generally available between October and December of each year. Returning Examiners as well as New or Prospective Examiners must apply for the year they wish to serve. Prospective Examiners should review the latest Examiner Guide and other documents found on the right. They contain information on the phases in the review cycle, training requirements, time commitments and the Code of Ethical Conduct.

Examiners are needed for both the Virginia SPQA Recognition and Discovery Programs. Requirements for each vary and the differences are noted in the Examiner Guide. To gain a better understanding of VA SPQA’s Programs and the context of an Examiner Team evaluation, Examiner applicants are also encouraged to review the Guides for the Award Recognition and Discovery Programs which can be found on those program pages of this website.

Needed to Participate

Individuals interested in becoming and Examiner or returning as an Examiner will need the following available on the right:

  1. 1. The Examiner Guide (PDF) should be reviewed by individuals prior to submission of an application to become an Examiner.
  2. 2. The Examiner On-Line Applications (New Examiner Application and Returning Examiner Application) are generally open between October and December of each year.

To learn more about Virginia SPQA and becoming an Examiner, contact director@spqa-va.org


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