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International Team Excellence Award



Rooted in quality history, the International Team Excellence Award (ITEA) program has a new look after 35 years of recognizing team achievements, with updates focused on improvements in business performance. ASQExcellence (ASQE) is pleased, that as of January 2020, the ITEA program is now a part of ASQE, a trade association serving a global membership of organizations. The mission of ASQE is to inspire excellence, providing programs and benefits such as ITEA to Organizational Members to serve this purpose.

ASQE International Team Excellence Award (ITEA)

Now that ITEA is a program and benefit within ASQE's Organizational Membership levels, this global performance recognition program directly supports key strategic initiatives such as advancing the field of quality and inspiring organizational excellence best practices. ASQE’s Organizational Membership is focused on four key areas of benefits, and ITEA is uniquely situated to assist in all of them:

  • Industry Benchmarking & Research
  • Quality Resources & Tools
  • Talent & Team Development
  • Engagement, Networking & Events

Organizations like yours are increasingly focusing on advancing a culture of quality-based practices to accelerate business value and drive growth. Recognize your high-performing teams with ITEA!


The ITEA process begins by understanding the criteria and concludes by presenting your results. Teams document their processes throughout the course of a project, which helps focus efforts and provides feedback along the way as they pursue the organizational maturity model of performance. Teams apply to the ITEA program for the opportunity to have these efforts on their completed projects recognized on an international stage. Afterward, share the lessons learned with your organization to assist in the ongoing pursuit of quality excellence.

ITEA features two rounds of competition within each program cycle—a preliminary round and a final round—culminating in the official International Team Excellence Award Ceremony at ASQ’s World Conference on Quality & Improvement. ITEA follows a structured timeline, featuring new tools (including digital forms and templates), an improved and simplified digital scoring process, and a virtual team presentation process.

Benefits of Participating

The ITEA program is competitive benchmarking at its best—the highly structed program criteria sets a level playing field for all participating teams to see how well (or poorly) their organization is performing compared to a maturity model. Participation in the ITEA program provides your team the opportunity to:

  • EXPLORE: Understand best practices by using ITEA criteria
  • SHOWCASE: Share your project’s examples of continuous improvement success
  • BE RECOGNIZED: Award employees and motivate your workforce to pursue organizational excellence at all levels
  • BENCHMARK: Evaluate how your project measures up against ITEA criteria

Achievements in improved performance are presented and awarded in front of a global audience at ASQ’s World Conference on Quality & Improvement, with teams showcasing the quality projects they’ve implemented to make profitable improvements in areas such as customer satisfaction, waste reduction, and employee morale.

See how your team compares to the best—all while promoting employee recognition and motivating staff to embrace quality practices throughout the organization.

Requirements to Participate

For the 2021-2022 cycle, all are welcome to to apply. This includes individuals within ASQ's membership, ASQE Organizational Members, and non-members in the quality community. This process has benefitted quality professionals across the globe, and showcases their talent and success.

For ASQE Organizational Members at the Enterprise and Leader levels, one ITEA entry is included within annual membership benefits. If your organization does not have an active membership, visit the Organizational Membership page to select a level of benefits that best suits your team’s needs and apply! Team members must be linked to the Organizational Membership to compete in the ITEA program. If you have any questions about this process, please contact orgmembeship@asq.org. For additional team entries, or all other levels of Organizational Membership, the ITEA entry fees below apply.

ITEA Entry Fees:

  • $675 first entry
  • $575 additional entries (up to 5 teams per location per cycle)

For any questions, or linking instructions, please contact ITEA@asq.org for assistance and information. Also read the ITEA program Terms & Conditions.

Organizations like yours are increasingly focusing on advancing a culture of quality-based practices to accelerate business value and drive growth. Recognize your high-performing teams with ITEA!

ITEA Timeline

If you have any questions, please contact us at ITEA@asq.org.

"ASQE’s International Team Excellence Award program provides an excellent opportunity for organizations such as General Motors to showcase ‘Best of the Best’ quality improvement projects in a global platform. This forum also provides a great read-across and bench-marking opportunity for organizations. General Motors will continue to participate and leverage the ASQE ITEA program."

“ASQE's ITEA has always been a larger-than-life event with loads of learning. Participating and Winning at ASQE ITEA is a lifetime dream for many, and I am really proud and grateful that we were able to achieve that feat. A large community of Quality professionals coming together and sharing their experiences also makes ASQE a very special place to get to know evolving trends in the industry and get to know each other. Overall, the experience that ASQE provides has always been wonderful and we are happy to be part of the journey."

"By participating in the ITEA program our teams had an opportunity to benchmark the team performance against one of the highest international standards for quality improvement projects. This is a unique opportunity that allows the teams to recognize further improvement areas and build additional capabilities for future projects through detailed professional feedback from the jury team. Alcon is looking forward to leveraging the learnings and experience gained during the process. Additionally, the teams received great recognition for their excellent work!"

"By participating in the ITEA program, we had the opportunity to learn from so many excellent participators and benchmark ourselves with the best teams of the world. From the company standpoint, we can serve to make our team/business better and better by using the knowledge we learned. No doubt we will keep learning, participating, and utilizing ITEA processes going forward."