Apply to Be An Examiner

SWAE’s volunteer examiners are the heart of our performance excellence program.  They are passionate about quality and performance, and collaborate to assess organizations who submit performance assessment applications.   Examiners are also tasked with developing the valuable feedback reports that applicant organizations use to streamline their processes, empower their workforces, and achieve better performance.  SWAE examiners come from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, and play a key role in making the Southwest a better place to live and work.   Click here to read testimonials from examiners who have helped SWAE empower organizations to improve results.

While there are opportunities for examiners to serve year round, the majority of an examiner’s work occurs between May to November.  Examiner training begins in May, and examiner applications are due in June.  The SWAE Performance Excellence Program Schedule outlines all examiner timelines.

Apply to be a SWAE examiner today!


  • 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 SWAE Awards Banquet
  • Continuing education credits
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Potential for special recognitions and awards


Businesses and organizations also benefit when they have a SWAE 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