Contest Updates

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards 2015-2016

To ensure you and your students are prepared for the 2016 competitions, be sure you have the latest edition. You may order online by going to or you may call toll-free and place your order. The telephone number is 1-800-321-8422.

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:


The following contests will have Calculated Industries calculators available:

Automated Manufacturing  – Model 4087 Machinists
Cabinetmaking – Model 4019 Material Estimator
CNC Milling – Model 4087 Machinists
CNC Turning – Model 4087 Machinists
CNC Technician – Model 4087 Machinists
Culinary Arts – Model 8305 Kitchen Calc Pro/Master Chef
Electrical Construction Wiring – Model 5070 Electric Calc Pro
Welding Fabrication – Model 4400 Tradesmen 
Welding – Model 4400 Tradesmen

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.

Occupationally Related

Career Pathways Showcase 5/17/16

The  following clothing requirements option is listed in the Skill Regs:

“Note: Contestants must wear their official contest clothing to the contest orientation meeting. Teams will be judged in official attire at the contestant briefing. Teams may apply to the technical committee for permission to have one or more team members present in “costume.” Permission requests must be written, must include a photo of the costume and must clearly state the reason for the request. The costume must be appropriate to the project and display: historical dress of the trade, special safety attire, employer’s uniforms, etc.”

The written request for a “costume” must be addressed to contest co-chairs, Carl Creasman and Paul Light and emailed directly to them at and, emails for Mr. Creasman and Mr. Light, respectively. These requests, must be received by the co-chairs no later than May 20, 2016.

Orientation will be held in the assigned location on Tuesday. All team members MUST be present and dressed in their official contest clothing, as outlined in the Skill Regs, for this orientation. If a team has requested a “Costume” for the contest, the costume must also be worn to the orientation.

The Skill Regulations for Career Pathways Showcase specify the team size as being three (3) team members. While teams will be allowed to compete with fewer team members, please be advised that teams are subject to penalties of up to 33 percent for being short one member and up to 67 percent for being short two team members.  

Skilled and Technical 

Automated Manufacturing Technology 5/12/16
“Please email for a link to the practice control software.” Intelitek  will reply to each email with the following link and instructions on how to install the software with a license.

Automotive Refinishing Technology 4/22/16
The PDF files below contain the MSDS data sheets for this year’s competition.

Below is the Study Guide for the color tinting segment of the competition:

S/P 2 is offering assistance for  contestants in the interview portion of the contest. Please see the document below  for more details.

Automotive Refinishing Technology S/P2

Automotive Service Technology 4/14/16
The work station assignments and contest descriptions are on the document below:

Collision Repair Technology 3/24/16
S/P 2 is offering assistance for  contestants in the interview portion of the contest. Please see the document below  for more details.

Collision Repair Technology S/P2

This year CRT is adding a new station that will be demonstrated this year for inclusion in 2017 Structural Analysis. The document below explains what to expect.

Collision Repair Structural Segment

There will be a demonstration station at this year’s CRT Contest Welding Segment. It will be demonstrated and students will try the station but not scored. This will then become a scoring station in 2017. Please see the document below for more details. 

Collision Repair Technology

Commercial Baking 12/8/15
Please review the document below which covers the High School and College/Postsecondary baking formulas. There are some minor changes to the required list of materials that the competitor needs to bring as well as a few changes within the schedule itself.

Commercial Baking

Cosmetology 1/29/16
For the contest guidelines and information pertaining to Cosmetology please go to:

Criminal Justice & Crime Scene Investigation 10/8/15
To help competitors better prepare for the 2016 Criminal Justice and Crime Scene Investigation, the following outline explains the times and types of events taking place.

Crime Scene Investigation Outline

Culinary Arts 5/18/16
Please note the following change for Postsecondary Competitors for Culinary Arts. There is a change in the Market Basket dealing with the beef.

Mystery Basket Update

Please find the food menus and tool requirements for this year’s contest for both high school and college/postsecondary below:

Culinary Arts

Digital Cinema Production 11-6-15
To help student be better prepared for the National Contest the following link will provide some valuable support

Esthetics  5/5/16
CONTESTANTS WILL NEED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN SUPPLIES FOR THE BASIC FACIAL AND MASSAGE PORTION OF THE CONTEST (all product must be in original manufacture bottles and maybe 4 oz to 8 oz in size. 

Please note the following change in regards to models and contestants. 

MODELS (only) for Esthetics need to have a clean, make up free face and may wear a black or white cotton t-shirt during the contest. This will begin on orientation day. All other official clothing, hair, jewelry, etc. stated in standards will be in effect. 

Please see the note below concerning models and clothing requirement.


The  Fantasy Theme for the 2016 Esthetics Contest is “What is the Face of Your State?”

Graphic Communications 5/3/16
The graphic communications students will demonstrate their competency of using an offset press  with the RSP system to demonstrate packaging by die cutting a preprinted 4-color offset sheet to complete an actual usable product.  This will give the students exposure to an offset press without putting ink on paper.  The students will also have exposure to measuring the shore of an offset rubber roller along with measuring blanket and packing thickness.

Industrial Motor Control 5/3/16
Contestants are required to bring the following to the 2016 National Leadership and Skills Conference competition:

Safety gloves
Conduit reamer
1/8’ Phillips and straight blade screw drivers 

Information Technology Services 11/6/15
There are constant new details for advisors and students  that should be incorporated into their training. This link will assist in that need. 

Mobile Robotics 5/3/16
Contestants must bring their Engineering Notebooks and résumés to contest orientation. 

There was a  misinterpretation in regards to the software scoring. The PDF below is the corrected file and is what will be in effect for this year’s competition.

Mobile Robotics (corrected file)

The PDF file below is the contest information for this year’s NLSC. There is also a special page that covers the required material supplied by the contestants and this overrides the Technical Standards.

Mobile Robotics contest information and tools

Nail Care 1/29/16   
The note  below covers the use of nail tips as well as equipment needs.

Nail Care

Photography 4/15/16
he updates in the word document is just clarification of what you already been doing.  No changes to any of the competencies, just rewording to make them more clear especially in the Print Competition area.

Plumbing 5/3/16
In addition to the tool requirements listed in the technical standard document, all contestants must bring a wiping rag to be used in the soldering portion of the contest. All contestants need to bring a pencil to orientation.

Contest platforms will vary from last year’s configuration; however, all tasks in the contest will use existing Technical Standards.

Restaurant Services 3/11/16
Please note there is a change to the table side service as to what will be prepared. There is also a change for a service station for both high school and college/postsecondary.

Restaurant Services

Robotics and Automation Technology 2/10/16
The document below is an update on an added station for this year’s contest.

Robotics and Automation Technology

Robotics Urban Search & Rescue 10/8/15
The file below contains the guidelines and materials needed for the 2016 contest and these guidelines are for Middle School, High School and College/Postsecondary.

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue

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 Fabrication 4/29/16
There have been a few procedural changes from the original contest notes please review the new document dated April 29, 2016

Welding Fabrication revisions (4-29)


Below is the national contest project for this year.

Welding Fabrication project


Additive Manufacturing 3/18/16
SME has a landing page dedicated to the SkillsUSA additive manufacturing contest. This link should help you prepare for this year’s contest:

There  have been some minor changes to the Technical Standards for Additive Manufacturing  We have also included the schedule for the week.

Additive Manufacturing

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