The SkillsUSA Championships is the premier showcase of America’s most highly skilled career and technical education students. It’s also one of the largest hands-on workforce development events in the world. Held in conjunction with SkillsUSA’s National Leadership & Skills Conference each June, this awe-inspiring event features more than 6,000 state champions from across the United States competing head-to-head in 115 skilled and leadership competitions.
The event is held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, and it covers over 1.79 million square feet of floor space, the equivalent of 31 football fields! The philosophy of the SkillsUSA Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep classroom training relevant to employers’ needs.
The competitions are created, overseen and judged by nearly 2,000 industry volunteers, each committed to building the next generation of skilled professionals, career-ready leaders and responsible community members our future depends on.
The SkillsUSA Championships is the national culmination of a year-long process that begins in local SkillsUSA chapters across the country. Local winners advance to district or regional competitions, testing their skills against competitors from other schools. Those winners advance to state competitions each spring, and state gold medalists earn the right to compete nationally at the SkillsUSA Championships each June. Along with gold, silver and bronze medallions, competitors may earn scholarships, tools of the trade, and even job offers right off the competition floor. Perhaps most importantly, they earn the confidence that can only come when you know you’re among the best of the best in what you do.
If you’re wondering about the future of the skilled trades, look no further than the SkillsUSA Championships to see that it’s in good, highly skilled hands.
The SkillsUSA Championships is held from Tuesday-Thursday during the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC). The NLSC will be held in Atlanta through 2026 on the following dates: