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Information for Applicants

Intent to Apply form

Guidelines for Applicants


Applying for a Partners in Performance Excellence award is an important step in your commitment to excellence and improvement. The combination of self-reflection that occurs during the application writing process, and the valuable feedback you will receive from our seasoned examiners will provide critical insight into your key internal & external factors shaping your environment. 

It is VERY helpful if you have at least one person in your organization who has training on how to be an examiner.  Examiners are trained on how to evaluate applications against the Baldrige Criteria.  In your organization, they can make sure your application responds to criteria questions in a way that the examiner team can easily parse. PiPEx also delives workshops on application writing.  If there are no public application writing workshops on the schedule, contact us to schedule in-house training.

Key Dates


  • Intent to Apply/Eligibility Form and processing fee

    • Due no later than August 30, 2021

  • Full Application Fee

    • Due: September 27, 2021

  • Examiner Registration and Applications

    • Due: August 30, 2021

  • Full Application

    • Due: September 27, 2021

  • Examiner Training Kick-off Webinar

    • Due: October 7 - October 15, 2021

  • Examiner Software Webinar

    • Due: October 7 - October 15, 2021

  • Examiner Training Workshop

    • By October 15, 2021

  • Applicant Site Visits:

    • December 6-8, 2021

  • 2021 Performance Excellence Awards Announced - December 2021

Organizations who are PiPEx members at the Elite or Premium level can apply at any time.  See the Guidelines for Applicants for details.

How to Apply

  1. File your Intent to Apply form along with the processing fee.  That gives us official notice, some basic information about you, and helps us to plan the examination cycle.

  2. Submit your full application fee.  This step ensures that you have made a commitment to completing the application, and helps us to make final arrangements for examination.

  3. Submit your completed application document.

  4. Schedule and host a site visit.

  5. Receive and discuss examiner feedback & award

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