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Congratulations! Applying for a TNCPE Award sets you on a journey toward performance excellence. Whether your organization is a returning applicant or this is your first year to participate, the knowledge you gain will result in more efficient processes, an empowered workforce and a greater bottom line.
No matter where you are in the award application process, the TNCPE staff is available to help you along the way: (800) 453-6474.
Level I applicants: If you submit your application by Dec. 31 of this year, you can be recognized at the upcoming Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet in February.
TNCPE Award Application Process
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Step 1: Obtain a copy of the TNCPE Criteria for Performance Excellence. In addition to providing the framework for your application, this book contains other important information regarding applicant eligibility, award application levels, fees and more.
Step 2: Determine your award application level. Please Refer to the Criteria for Performance Excellence for complete descriptions and requirements for each level.
Step 3: Prepare application documents
Resource: "So you want to use the Baldrige Criteria," a PowerPoint presentation developed by long-time Baldrige examiner and TNCPE trainer Dan Jordan, does a great job of defining Criteria terms. It's a useful tool to deliver information about the TNCPE process to your organization's leadership and workforce.
Level 1 applicants
TNCPE accepts Level 1 applications all year long. Mail 15 copies of your Level 1 documents plus application fees to the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.
Level 2, 3 and 4 applicants
TNCPE accepts Level 2, 3 and 4 applications just once a year and we are no longer accepting these applications for the 2013 award cycle. In order to be considered in the 2013 award cycle, your application packet must have been postmarked by the dates below.
Members Note: TNCPE members may submit applications for evaluation and feedback at any time during the year, however they will not be in contention for an award unless they meet the above deadlines. For more information about TNCPE membership, please visit our membership page.
Step 4: Prepare for Site Visit
The team of examiners assigned to your organization will begin their evaluation a few weeks after you submit your application packet. Shortly after, the team leader will contact you to schedule a site visit. During the visit the examiner team will tour your facilities and ask questions to gain a greater understanding of your organization.
Level 2, 3 and 4 site visits typically occur during September and October. Level 1 site visits typically take place within six weeks after TNCPE receives the application.
A site visit fee applies to this step of the process. You will receive an invoice for this fee after the examiner team has completed its site visit. Please see the fee schedule for details.
Step 5: Award Notification and Feedback Report
In mid-November, the TNCPE Panel of Judges will review the examiner team’s work and confirm your award. Following this meeting, TNCPE will call with your results. You will receive your feedback report by the first of January.
Step 6: Recognition
Join us in February for the Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet, a gala event where your organization will officially receive its award and be recognized for your pursuit of performance excellence.
In addition, after you have been notified of your award, TNCPE will publicize your accomplishments via press release, e-mail blast to our database and posting on TNCPE.org.