Apply for a TNCPE Award

Applicant Resources

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.

 

Step-by-Step Award Application Process

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 page vii of the TNCPE-published 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 and submit documents based on your application level.

 

Level 1 Applicants

Documents

Level 1 Application

Deadlines Level 1 award applications are accepted year-round.
*See note below if you would like to be recognized at the 2021 Excellence Celebration.

 

  • Read through and complete the Level 1 Application Form.
  • Submit the following to TNCPE:
    • Level 1 Application
    • Processing Fee
Address

Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence
PO Box 101310
Nashville, TN 37224

Email contact@tncpe.org

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*Note on Level 1 Deadlines: TNCPE accepts Level 1 applications year round. However, to be recognized with a 2021 Level 1 Award at the 2022 Excellence Celebration, we must receive your Organizational Profile by December 31, 2021.

 

Step 4: Organizational Profile Workshop

TNCPE will assign a Master Examiner coach to conduct a ½-day workshop at your location. Your coach will help you begin writing your Organizational Profile – the second piece of your TNCPE application. Once you have completed the workshop, you will continue working with your leadership team to complete the application requirements, during which time your coach will be available to answer questions and provide feedback.

 

Step 5: Submit Your Organizational Profile

When you and your coach are ready, submit your Organizational Profile to TNCPE, along with your application fee. You are officially a TNCPE Level 1 recipient! Note that the Organizational Profile must be received by the TNCPE office no later than December 31, 2021 to be recognized during this year’s award cycle.

 

Step 6: Bridge Workshop

You’re not finished yet! Schedule a date for your coach to return for another ½-day workshop to introduce you to the rest of the Baldrige Criteria and to help you identify your organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. A site visit fee applies to this portion of our Level 1 process. 

 

Step 7: Feedback Report

Within four weeks of your Bridge Workshop, you will receive your first TNCPE Feedback Report. This document contains your coach’s assessment of your organization against the Baldrige Framework, as well as some helpful suggestions to start improving your organization.

 

Step 8: Recognition

Join us for the Excellence Celebration, an 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.

 

 

Level 2, 3 & 4 Applicants

Documents

Deadlines

TNCPE accepts Level 2, 3 and 4 applications just once a year. In order to be considered for the 2021 award cycle, all Level 2, 3, and 4 application documents must be postmarked or timestamped no later than: 

  • May 31, 2021: Intent to Apply deadline
  • August 2, 2021: Level 2, 3, & 4 Application deadline

 

  • Read through the Level 2, 3, and 4 Application  
     
  • Complete the Intent to Apply Form (in the Application)
     
  • Send TNCPE one copy of the Intent to Apply Form, along with a $250 intent fee. We accept these forms in printed or electronic (PDF) format. They must be postmarked or timestamped no later than May 31, 2021. 
     
  • Complete the Application Form (in the Application) and the Criteria Response for your application level. 
     
  • Submit the following to TNCPE (no later than August 2, 2021):
    • One electronic copy of the Level 2, 3, & 4 Application Form 
    • One electronic copy of your Organizational Profile and Criteria response saved in a single PDF file (please do not send a PDF of a scanned document)
    • Application Fee
Address

Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence
PO Box 101310
Nashville, TN 37224

Email

contact@tncpe.org

 

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.

In 2021, Level 2, 3 and 4 site visits will take place in October.

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 late 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 in January, 2022.

 

Step 6: Recognition

Join us for the Excellence Celebration, a 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 award program cycle will not be eligible for award recognition, however this option offers a great opportunity for obtaining feedback at a time that fits an organization’s calendar.

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

 

 

TNCPE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

PO Box 101310 Nashville, TN 37224. 615-532-4590.