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Examiner Information

Our application period for 2022 is closed.  Please check back next spring and keep reading for more information including how to apply.

Information for Examiners 

As volunteers, examiners use the Communities of Excellence criteria to evaluate and provide feedback to communities across the United States that participate in this Program. The feedback report is a key reason why communities apply for the Communities of Excellence Recognition. 

There are 3 levels to the program.  Please note we are regularly in need of Level 3 experienced examiners!

Level 1- Commitment to Community Excellence

At this level the applications include the Community Profile only. Applications will be a maximum of 10 pages plus a glossary of abbreviations. 

  • Examiner Time Frame:  August 15th - October 3rd 
  • Time Commitment: 7-10 hours including 1 training webinar and 1 video conference
  • Number of examiners needed:  16

Click here to download the Commitment to Community Excellence Examiner Key Information and Timeline

Level 2 - Journey to Community Excellence

Community Applications will include a Community Profile, responses to category 1, category 2, item 7.1 questions (1) and (2), item 7.4 question (1), and item 7.5 question (2).  The application will be a maximum of 17 pages plus a glossary of abbreviations.

  • Examiner Time Frame:  July 8th - October 3rd 
  • Time Commitment: 15-20 hours including 2 examiner training webinars and 2 video conferences
  • Number of examiners needed:  24

Click here to download the Journey to Community Excellence Examiner Key Information and Timeline

Level 3 - Community of Excellence 

Community of Excellence Applications will include a Community Profile and responses to categories 1-7.  The application will be a maximum of 35 pages plus a glossary of abbreviations.

  • Examiner Time Frame:  July 8th - October 3rd 
  • Time Commitment: 25-40 hours including 2 examiner training webinars and 2 video conferences
  • Number of examiners needed:  36

Click here to download the Community of Excellence Examiner Key Information and Timeline