Become an Examiner

Examiner Resources


What is an Examiner?

You might say the TNCPE Board of Examiners is the engine that drives our organization. This group of quality-driven professionals collaborates to assess the businesses and organizations that apply to the TNCPE Award Program each year. They’re also tasked with developing the valuable feedback reports that applicant organizations use to streamline their processes, empower their workforces, and achieve the results they want.

Examiners come from all industry sectors across the state of Tennessee and the Southeast. They will tell you they applied for the board because they were looking for an unparalleled professional challenge that would expand their knowledge base, enhance their personal effectiveness, connect them with like-minded professionals, and sharpen their competitive edge. In addition, they like the idea that they play a key role in making Tennessee and the Southeast a better place to live and work.


TNCPE Examiner/Award Cycle

Members of the TNCPE Board of Examiners serve for a one year period in a variety of roles:  examiners, ambassadors, editors, leaders, coaches, and other volunteer activities. While there are opportunities for examiners to serve year round, the majority of an examiner’s work occurs between June - October.

  • June 1: Board of Examiner applications due
  • June: Online examiner orientation (Required for 1st year examiners)
  • August: Examiner training. Examiners attend one online training series. 
  • September: Examiners are placed on teams and conduct their independent award application reviews.
  • September-November: Most examiners participate in a team consensus meeting, conduct a site visit, complete the scoring process, and write the final report.
  • December: The Panel of Judges meets to finalize award recommendations and final reports are distributed to applicants.
  • February 24-25, 2021: Annual Excellence Conference and Celebration (examiners attend the Excellence Celebration as a guest of TNCPE).


Examiner Benefits

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 Baldrige Excellence Framework (which includes the Criteria for Performance Excellence), analyze and evaluate applicant organizations, conduct the examination process, and prepare value-added feedback. Other benefits include:

  • Training in the internationally acclaimed Baldrige Excellence Framework
  • Networking and benchmarking opportunities
  • Hands-on experience that will add tremendous value to your own organization
  • A chance to contribute to your state’s and region’s economic well-being
  • Exposure to proven best practices in leadership, strategic planning, and more
  • A “resume booster”
  • A complimentary ticket to the annual Excellence Celebration
  • 2.7 continuing education credits through Tennessee Technological University
  • Hour-for-hour NASBA CPE credits for examiner training sessions


Employer Benefits

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




Apply to the Board of Examiners

The deadline for applying to the 2020 Board of Examiners has passed. If you would like to be notified when applications for the 2021 Board of Examiners are available, please contact our office. 

Complete Board of Examiner Applications online

  • New Examiner Application
  • New Examiner Recommendation 
  • Returning Examiner Application

or download Board of Examiner Applications:

  • New Examiner Application 
  • New Examiner Recommendation 
  • Returning Examiner Application

General Examiner Information 

We hope you consider applying! New examiners must also provide a recommendation.

For a deep dive into the examiner experience, please read through the Examiner General Information packet. It offers insight for prospective examiners, including details about the examiner timeline, our expectations, our code of ethics, and procedures.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our office.


2020 Training Schedule


All first year examiners are required to participate in one of the online orientation sessions to prepare for training and assist with completing the pre-work assignment. The online orientation is optional, but encouraged, for returning examiners. 

  • June 16, 2020, 9:30AM - 11:30AM CT
  • June 17, 2020, 1:00PM - 3:00PM CT
  • June 23, 2020, 1:00PM - 3:00PM CT
  • June 24, 2020, 9:30AM - 11:30AM CT

Training Course

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Examiner Training will be held virtually. Examiners may choose one of the following sessions:

  • August 10-13, 4:00PM to 7:00PM CT each day
  • August 17-18, 8:30AM to 11:30AM and 1:00PM to 4:00PM CT each day
  • August 25-26, 8:30AM to 11:30AM and 1:00PM to 4:00PM CT each day

Note: In 2020, all examiners must attend the full examiner training course, even if they have previously received a Master Examiner designation.


‚ÄčExaminer Training Fees

The 2020 Examiner training fees are as follows:

  • First year examiner - $425
  • Second year examiner - $225
  • Third year examiner and above - No charge

After an examiner has completed two full years on the Board of Examiners, he or she will not be charged for the examiner training course. 


Master Examiners

TNCPE examiners who have distinguished themselves over multiple years of service may earn the designation of master examiner. High performing experienced examiners are invited to serve as master examiners at the discretion of the TNCPE president. At a minimum, master examiners will have completed three years of service on the Board of Examiners, demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the Baldrige framework, and served as either a team leader or scorebook editor. After accepting the master designation, examiners will be expected to serve in leadership roles on future TNCPE teams. 

TNCPE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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