Add to Your Professional Resume, Be an Examiner

SPQA’s success depends on dedicated Examiners who provide feedback to  Award Applicants, Discovery Program Participants, and Ones to Watch Small Businesses through the lens of the Baldrige Excellence Framework. Being an Examiner is an honor and potential career enhancer. Examiners dedicate an average of 80 -180 hours (Discovery and Ones to Watch on the low end) each year to review SPQA applications, self-assessments, conduct site visits as necessary, and write detailed feedback reports. Examiners come from all walks of life; the common denominator is an interest in quality and organizational performance excellence. 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 being an SPQA Examiner should read the Learn More about being an Examiner section below.

Examiners are needed for the Virginia SPQA Award, Discovery, and Ones to Watch Programs. Requirements for each type of examination vary. Examiner applications are generally accepted October through December. Check the website or sign up for the mailing list for notifications on SPQA examiner opportunities. Returning Examiners, as well as New or Prospective Examiners, must apply for the year they wish to serve.

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Learn more about being an Examiner

Thanks for your interest in becoming an examiner. Conducting an examination of an outside organization is the best way to learn how to apply the Baldrige Excellence Framework in your organization. The team approach focuses not only on the examination but also in building examiner skills in using the Framework. The Examiner Guide provides details on the examination…

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20 Benefits of Being an Examiner

A resume-noticeable accomplishment Public recognition of accomplishment including a certificate and employer letter signed by Virginia’s Senators Continued personal learning and professional development – sharpening skills and adding knowledge valuable to other types of certification efforts Recertification or continuing education credits in some professions and certifications, e.g. ASQ Mental stimulation, acuity, and agility gained from…

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