Contest Updates

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards

The 2017-2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is the official competition guide for the SkillsUSA Championships and is newly revised. It contains rules for all national events, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility, and equipment lists. It also lists the embedded academic skills in math, English and science. Rules for state and local events may vary from the national guidelines, but most competitive events are modeled after the national technical standards.

As a free member benefit, SkillsUSA professional members receive the 2017-2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards when they have submitted a current and accurate email address with their membership details. The 2017-2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is available online to professional members as part of the paid membership.


General Notes

Contest Scorecards

The official SkillsUSA Championships scorecards are no longer part of the book and electronic copies of the Technical Standards manual.

They are available here as a download

Computer Rental

There has been a change for those of you who are renting computers. Please see the new link below. Any of the orders already placed have been transferred. Computers can be rented from Smart City:

Résumé Requirement

All competitors must create a one-page hard copy résumé and submit this to the technical committee chair at the contest orientation. Failure to do so will result in a 10 point penalty. Competitors can bring a résumé to the contest on the day of competition however, the penalty will remain in effect.

Clothing and Tools

SkillsUSA and our partner Pearson have launched a SkillsUSA Championships app listing the clothing and tools required at the national level of competition. This is a great starter resource that does not replace the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards but connects users to SkillsUSA’s membership site, where educators can join as professional members to receive the full standards at no charge.

For each contest, the new “SkillsUSA: Clothing and Tools” app includes an overview, clothing requirements, and eligibility and safety guidelines, as well as lists the specific tools, equipment or materials that contestants need to provide. It is offered completely free of charge for students, instructors and SkillsUSA business partners.

The app is available now in both the Apple Store: and the Google Play Store:


Promotional Bulletin Board 1/17/17
To help competitors be prepared for Promotional Bulletin Board please review the notes and changes.

Promotional Bulletin Board notes

Occupationally Related

Career Pathways Showcase 12/20/16
The documents  below will help with preparation for Career Pathways Showcase. There is a scoring criteria as well as updates and set-up instructions.

Career Pathways Showcase updates
Career Pathways Showcase scoring sheet

Customer Service 12/19/16
The document below lists a few minor edits in regards Equipment and Materials needed and a few edits in a procedure.  This will help all participants to properly prepare.

Customer Service changes

Skilled and Technical 

Esthetics 9/20/16
This year’s theme is: “Flora and / or Fauna” to utilize nature based concepts of animal or plant life or a combination.

Information Technology Services 10/13/16
The document below will help direct you and your competitors in preparing for the 2017 NLSC in Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services

Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology 10/25/16
There is a change within one of the stations in the MART competition.  The document  below explains the change within the MART Contest.

Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology

Mobile Robotics 1-17-17
Below is the 2017 contest project for Mobile Robotics dated 12/28/16 there were a few minor edits to help clarify a few scoring concerns.  

Mobile Robotics project

Below is the 2017 contest project for Mobile Robotics and some additional notes needed to prepare for this year’s NLSC Competition.

Mobile Robotics project
Mobile Robotics notes

Teamworks 3/21/16   
To help be better prepared for this year’s Teamworks competition, the technical committee has provided some advice and a video clip. 

Teamworks letter

Welding Sculpture 12/22/16
There has been a change in the weight of the Welding Sculpture Project. They have reduced the weight from a maximum of  150 lbs. down to 100 lbs.


Humanoid Robotics 10/28/15
The material in the documents below should help the contestants to become familiar with what is needed to prepare for this event.

Humanoid Robotics Technical Standards