Scoring Guidelines + Judges

Scoring Guidelines

Each nomination can achieve a maximum of 45 points as follows:

  1. Number and scope of new and current responsibilities and their importance to the business (6 points)
  2. Training initiative (20 points total):

Level of potential business impact (i.e., revenue generation, new product launch, change initiative, new technology launch): 0-3 points

Level of difficulty of challenges faced: 0-2 points

Project scope (companywide, individual functions, global vs. national, etc.): 0-3 points

Business unit goal the program aimed to help achieve: 0-2 points

Instructional design (learning objectives linked to business outcomes; level of leadership involved in design, development, and facilitation; reinforcement): 0-3 points

Innovation of the training: 0-3 points

Business outcomes achieved/expectations met: 0-4 points

  1. Leadership/business skills utilized (up to 1 point for quality of each example; plus 3 points for Level 3 and 4 results for each section for a total of 14 points)
  2. Readiness to lead the Training or Learning and Development function (2 points for timing; 3 points for reason(s); for a total of 5 points)



All nominations are judged by Training’s editor/publisher, Lorri Freifeld, the Training Hall of Famers (organizations that earned a Top 10 placement in the Training APEX Awards rankings for four consecutive years) and Training’s Editorial Advisory Board members:

Training Hall of Fame

  • Birmingham Water Works Board
  • BNSF Railway
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Dollar General Corporation
  • Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
  • KLA Corporation
  • Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
  • McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Medical Solutions
  • Nationwide
  • PwC
  • Rosendin
  • Sonic Automotive
  • Verizon

Training Editorial Advisory Board Members:

  • Brent Bloom, Consulting Service Solutions inc.
  • Vincente Gonzalez, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Bruce Jones, formerly of Disney Institute
  • Ross Tartell, Columbia University
  • Catherine Rickelman, formerly of IBM