What do Examiners do?
RMPEx examiners serve on teams that evaluate the management systems and results of an applicant. They receive training on the process for conducting this evaluation. They first conduct an independent review of the applicant’s written application, then work with their team to reach consensus on the most important feedback for the applicant. They participate with their team in a site visit to verify and clarify their feedback and finally help to write a final report to the applicant.
Check out this brief video to learn about being a RMPEx Examiner….
Why be a RMPEx Examiner?
- Learn to apply a system view of performance excellence in an organization; gain exposure to the elements contained in world-class organizations.
- Network with people interested in performance excellence, building community and strengthening leadership.
- Help organizations in the Rocky Mountain region improve and excel, and gain eligibility for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
- Contribute to your professional development, including analytical, writing, and leadership skills, and gain important and valuable volunteer experience for your resume’.
- Be your organization’s internal expert on performance excellence and learn to benchmark results with world-class organizations.
- Gain in-depth, practical knowledge of content and application of the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, an open-source framework that has been field-tested in thousands of organizations worldwide for the past two decades.
Examiner comments on their experience:
“Serving as an Examiner for Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence is challenging and rewarding. For those who thrive on engaging analysis and problem solving, the Examiner experience satisfies immensely. I relish the opportunity to work closely with like minded, solutions-oriented individuals to help organizations improve their performance.”
“I highly recommend joining the RMPEx Board of Examiners. It is truly meaningful –educationally, professionally and personally”
“I learn so much from this experience. I really enjoy getting out of my sector and experiencing the work of other companies.”
“The experience was much more time intensive that I anticipated, but I am glad that I have had this experience. ”
“I really got a lot out of completing the independent review and interviewing the applicant. Interacting with the applicant was so interesting and it was awesome to see how the approaches in the application worked, or didn’t, in person.”
The time commitment of an examiner is significant, starting in late July/earlyAugust and lasting into November. The examiner training and assessment process is an intellectually challenging and stimulating endeavor. Please carefully consider this commitment before you begin the examination process:
- Attend an 8 hour New Examiner Workshop in late July/early August (required for first-time examiners only, but returning examiners are welcome to attend.)
- Complete a case study prior to all-examiner training; requires about 20 hours in a one month period.
- Participate in an 8 hour all-examiner workshop in late August.
- Participate in an 8 hour consensus/site visit workshop in September or October.
- Complete an independent and consensus review of your application, requiring 50-125 hours (dependent on application level and applicant complexity), beginning in September and may continue into November.
- Participate in a site visit to the applicant that will require 3 to 6 days away from work and home at an applicant site anywhere in Colorado,Wyoming or Montana in October or November (travel, lodging and meal expenses are paid.)
Foothills: 50-65 hours individual activity, 3 classes, 3 days/2 nights away from work/home over a two to three month period
Timberline: 70-100 hours individual activity, 3 classes, 5 days/4 nights away from work/home over a three to four month period
Peak: 95-125 hours individual activity, 3 classes, 6 days/5 nights away from work/home over a three to four month period
Note: In 2017, there may be opportunities to review a Peak application that will not receive a site visit. During registration, you will be given an opportunity to volunteer for a Peak evaluation without a site visit.
Code of Ethics
All RMPEx volunteers and staff are asked to adhere to the RMPEx Code of Ethics. For examiners, this code includes the disclosure of any conflicts of interest and a limitation on employment with any organization that the individual examined. Please review this code before proceeding to register. All examiners will be asked to sign a pledge to adhere to this code.
Fees and Costs
There are no fees for attending examiner training. Examiners are reimbursed for expenses incurred while on a site visit, included travel costs, lodging, and meals.
For individuals who would like to attend examiner training without committing to serve as an examiner, there is a fee of $600.
How do I join the Board of Examiners?
Complete the registration form for new examiners.
What if I have Additional Questions?
Call RMPEx at 303-893-2738