Add to Your Professional Resume, Be an Examiner

SPQA’s success depends on dedicated Examiners who provide feedback to Recognition 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.

At least 20 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 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!
  18. Exposure to different business and industry sectors and models expands your horizons
  19. Experiencing a profound sense of accomplishment for a job well done when an evaluation cycle is completed
  20.  And best of all, it is a lot of fun!

Information for Individuals who want to be an Examine

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 this website. 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 Award, Discovery, and Ones to Watch 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 information on the SPQA Award, Discovery, and Ones to Watch Programs, which can be found on this website.

Needed to Participate

Individuals interested in being an SPQA Examiner should review the Examiner Guide (PDF). Also, to apply, complete the appropriate Examiner On-Line Applications, which can be found on this website during open season, which is generally October through December

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