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.
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 June 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:
- Training starts in September this year and is currently being re-designed to use on demand and live online training. The structure is still being developed, but it will be shorter time periods spread out over multiple weeks and will not require consecutive days to complete.
- Complete an independent and consensus review of your application, requiring 50-125 hours of work (dependent on application level and applicant complexity), beginning in September and continuing into January and early February.
- Participate in a virtual or live site visit to the applicant that will require 2 to 3 days away from work and home at an applicant site anywhere in Colorado,Wyoming. Nebraska, or Montana in early December 2020 (travel, lodging and meal expenses while on site are covered by RMPEx).
Foothills: 50-65 hours individual activity, ongoing virtual training, 2-3 days from work/home over a five month period
Timberline: 70-100 hours individual activity, ongoing virtual training, 2-3 days away from work/home over a five month period
Peak: 95-125 hours individual activity, ongoing virtual training, 2-3 days away from work/home over a five month period
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. 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?
Registration for the 2020 board of examiners is now closed. To be put on a waitlist for 2021, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I have Additional Questions?
Call RMPEx at 720-515-2581