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The 2021 Examiner period is now closed.  Please consider volunteering in 2022!  Our Call for Examiners will start in early Spring.

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. 

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.

Level 3 - Community of Excellence 

Community 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.