Partners in Performance Excellence

Applicant Information

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. 


Key Dates 

  • Intent to Apply/Eligibility for Organization Examination and Awards Form and $250 processing fee
    • Due no later than May 11, 2018
  • Full Application Fee
    • Due: June 29, 2018
  • Examiner Registration and Applications
    • Due: July 20, 2018
  • Full Application
    • Due: July 27, 2018
  • Examiner Training Kick-off Webinar
    • Due: July 20, 2018
  • Examiner Navigator Software Webinar
    • Due: July 23, 2018
  • Examiner Training Workshop
    • July 31 and August 1, 2018
  • Applicant Site Visits:
    • October 23-25, 2018
  • 2018 Performance Excellence Awards Ceremony/Conference - TBD 


How To Apply

Step 1:  Contact Us to discuss the Partners in Performance Excellence process and determine the best steps for you and your organization.  We can help you to customize your journey in a way that will best serve your and your organization's needs.

Step 2:  Attend our one day Application Writing Workshop. This workshop is important for any organization applying for a PiPEx award, but especialy organization's who are new to the challenge.  For more information about the next workshop, see Events and Training.

Step 3:  File your Intent to Apply form along with the $250 process fee.  That gives us official notice, some basic information about you, and helps us to plan the examination cycle.

Step 4:  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.

Step 5:  Submit your completed application document.

Step 6: Schedule and host a site visit.

Step 7: Receive and discuss examiner feedback & award


Award Levels and Application Fees

 PiPEx Award for Performance Excellence

  • This rigorous application and performance assessment process is based on the proven Baldrige principles for performance excellence.  It provides applicants with an extensive written feedback report on their strengths and opportunities for improvement, thoughts on how to move to the next stage of excellence, and with prestigious recognition at the Platinum, Gold and Silver levels.
  • The modest pricing makes this review by a team of expert Examiners one of the best values in business today.
  • Each applicant receives a personal site visit from the examining team.  The number of site visit days and the number of Examiners depends on applicant size and other factors.
  • This award process has an annual cycle, with statements of intent to apply generally due in March, full applications due in April or May, site visits during summer, and the awards presented in late fall.
  • Recipients of the award will receive a trophy as well as recognition on the PiPEx website and can mention the award in their marketing materials.


Application Fee:  varies according to corporate membership and the size of applicant.  Add $250 Intent to Apply processing fee.


Corporate Members:

  • $7,500 plus travel fees for those fewer than 100 workers (Small)
  • $8,000 plus travel fees for those with 100 to 499 workers (Medium)
  • $9,000 plus travel fees for those with 500 or more workers  (Large)

 PiPEx Award for Process or Category Excellence

  • This award focuses on a single process rather than the overall performance excellence of the applicant and is, therefore, much simpler to apply for.
  • Organizations can submit a written application at any time of year describing the process that they are proud of and will receive a through written assessment as well as an examination visit by a small team of examiners.
  • Organizations that win this award are recognized on the PiPEx website and can mention the award in their marketing materials.

Application Fee:

Application Fee:

$3,000 plus travel fees regardless of the size of the organization.

 PiPEx Recognition for Commitment to Performance Excellence

  • This recognition is given for an organization that commits to performance excellence improvement and goes through a review process by trained examiners.

  • Organizations can submit their organizational profile and application materials at any time of year. 

  • They will receive a review, ending with a site visit by 1-2 PiPEx representatives to discuss their accomplishments and next steps..
  • Organizations that are recognized will be mentioned on the PiPEx website and can mention the award in their marketing materials.

Application Fee: 

$2,500 plus travel fees regardless of the size of the organization.

PiPEx Assisted Performance Excellence Self-Assessment

  • This is a simple yet thorough and anonymous on-line survey for leaders and/or employees of an organization that wants to quickly understand its strengths and opportunities for performance excellence.   It enables an organization to accomplish a high-level prioritization of where they might best spend scarce improvement resources.
  • Organizations work with PiPEx to identify who should participate in the survey.  Then PiPEx administers the survey to assure anonymity and provides a written feedback report to the organization.  A PiPEx leader personally presents and discusses the results.
  • This service is available at any time during the year.


Corporate Members:

$1,250 plus travel fees for up to 40 people taking the survey



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