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.

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TNCPE Award Application Process: Step-by-Step

Step 1: Order the Excellence Framework 

The Framework is the foundation of your application. TNCPE's version of this book contains the entire Baldrige Framework, in addition to other important information regarding applicant eligibility, award application levels, fees and more.

Order THE Framework 

Step 2: Determine your award application level.

TNCPE recognizes four different award levels. Forms and deadlines for Level 1 applicants differ from the those of Levels 2, 3, and 4.  

Please refer to the Baldrige Excellence Framework for complete descriptions and requirements for each level. Determine your application level, then move to Step 3 to identify the forms and deadlines that pertain to you. 

Step 3: Prepare application documents.

Level 1 Applicants

Read through and complete the Level 1 Application Packet.

Complete the Organizational Profile questionnaire found in the Baldrige Excellence Framework book.

TNCPE accepts Level 1 applications all year long. Mail one printed copy and one electronic copy of the Level 1 Application Form and Organizational Profile to the TNCPE office (address below), along with your application fee.

Level 2, 3 and 4 Applicants

TNCPE accepts Level 2, 3 and 4 applications just once a year. In order to be considered in the 2017 award cycle, your application documents must be postmarked by the dates below.

  • May 15, 2017 - Intent to Apply
    • Complete the Intent to Apply/Eligibility Form found in the Level 2, 3, and 4 application packet.

    • Send one printed copy of the Intent form to the TNCPE office (address below), along with a $250 intent fee.
  • July 17, 2017 - Application
    • Complete the rest of the Level 2, 3, and 4 Application packet .

    • Send one printed copy and one electronic copy of the Application Form, Organizational Profile, and Criteria Response to the TNCPE office (address below), along with your application fees (a fee schedule is included in the application packet).

Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence
2525 Perimeter Place Drive, Suite 122
Nashville, TN 37214-3773
(800) 453-6474


Step 4: Prepare for Site Visit

A team of examiners assigned to your organization will begin their evaluation a few weeks after you submit your complete application.

Shortly after this initial evaluation, an examiner team leader will contact you to schedule a site visit. During this visit, examiners 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. Use the fee schedule in your application packet to determine cost.

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 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 our website.

Member Application Privileges

TNCPE members may submit applications for evaluation and feedback at any time during the year (normally Level 2, 3, and 4 applicants must adhere to our awards cycle schedule).

Members who apply outside of the program cycle will not be in contention for an award, however this offers a great opportunity for honing performance improvement initiatives on an organization's own time.

For more information about TNCPE membership, please visit our membership page.



TNCPE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

2525 Perimeter Place Drive, Suite 122. Nashville, TN 37214-3773. (800)453-6474.