What is an Examiner?
You might say the TNCPE Board of Examiners is the engine that drives our organization. This group of leading professionals is responsible for assessing the companies and organizations that apply to the TNCPE Award Program. They’re also in charge of developing the valuable feedback reports that award program applicants use to streamline and upgrade their organizational systems.
Justin Levenson describes being a first-time Examiner and the experience he has gained.
Examiners come from all sectors of the region’s business and non-profit community. They will tell you they applied for the board because they were looking for a challenge, and they sought the professional benefits that the training and program could offer. In addition, they like the idea that they play a key role in making Tennessee a better place to live and work.
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All examiners take part in annual training to learn how to assess the companies that apply to the TNCPE award program. They learn how to use the Criteria for Performance Excellence, score applicant companies, conduct the examination process and prepare feedback. Other benefits include:
- Training in the internationally acclaimed Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence,
- Networking and benchmarking opportunities,
- Hands-on experience that will increase your value at your own job,
- A chance to contribute to Tennessee’s economic well-being,
- Exposure to best practices,
- A “resume booster”
- A free ticket to the annual Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet,
- 2.7 continuing education credits through Tennessee Technological University.
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Businesses and organizations also benefit when they have a TNCPE examiner on staff. Examiner training empowers employees to apply the Criteria at their own jobs, improving processes and results along the way. In addition, employers enjoy:
- Economic growth, as the organization applies the examiners’ knowledge and experiences,
- Access to intensive, free training for their workforce,
- More valuable employees,
- Recognition as an organization that values performance excellence,
- Access to on-hand experts who can lead internal improvement efforts,
- Recognition as a good corporate citizen.
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Applying to the Board of Examiners
Application to the 2013 Board of examiners is now closed. Please contact us email@example.com to be placed on notification list when application begins for next year’s board.
2013 Board of Examiners General Information
New in 2013
- First year examiners will be charged a $300 fee for the training course;
- Second year examiners will be charged a $150 fee, however, the fee is being waived for 2013;
- A limited amount of scholarship dollars is available for examiners who are unable to cover the training fee costs. Please contact the TNCPE office to learn more;
- There is no charge for examiners with two or more years of experience;
- Per diem for site visit days is increasing from $125 to $150 per day.
2013 Examiner Training
Examiner Orientation (required for all new examiners)
3- Day Examiner Training Class
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TNCPE examiners who have served on the Board of Examiners for three of the last five years may attend a one-day Alumni Examiner training course instead of the traditional three-day examiner training course.
Examiners who attend alumni training will be assigned to lower level teams. Eligible examiners may serve as alumni examiners for a maximum of three years before returning to the three-day examiner training course. Please contact Sue Alexander for details: (800) 453-6474.
TNCPE Examiner/Award Cycle
This is how a typical awards cycle rolls out.
Board of Examiner applications due
New examiner orientation
Examiner training. Examiners attend one three-day training class. Classes are held throughout the state during the summer months. In addition to the three-day class, new examiners also must attend a one-day orientation seminar.
August – September
Examiners are placed on teams and conduct their independent award application reviews.
September – October
Most examiners participate in a team consensus meeting, conduct site visits, complete the scoring process, and write the final report.
December – May
TNCPE accepts Level 1 applications year-round, so some examiners could be placed on a team in the winter or early spring.
While Level 1 applications are not as time consuming to assess, these teams will conduct an independent review, consensus meeting, site visit, complete the scoring process and write a final report.
Annual Excellence in Tennessee Conference and Awards Banquet (examiners attend banquet for free)
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