Contest Updates

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards

The 2017-2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards isa 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

Contest Theme

Theme for 2018-19 Announced
The SkillsUSA competition theme is used throughout the year in our membership materials and as the topic for Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions at local, state and national levels. The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2018-19 year is:

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work
Career-Ready Starts Here

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 Championships Clothing and Tools App Updated

SkillsUSA has updated the “SkillsUSA: Clothing and Tools” app for 2018. 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 app includes an overview, clothing requirements and eligibility and safety guidelines. It also lists the specific tools, equipment or materials that contestants must provide.

The app is offered free of charge for students, instructors and SkillsUSA business partners and is available available now in both the Apple Store: and the Google Play Store: This app was created and sponsored by Pearson (

Contests with Specific Team Members

The contests below are the contests that had a change from various team members to a specific numbers/teams.

All members will be interviewed and or will be taking part in the contest. Some of the Technical Standards may state one member however they will all be scored and questioned to some extent.

American Spirit AM – 3
Chapter Display DIS – 3
Interactive Application and Video Game Development   IAGD – 2
Occupational Health and Safety – Single: OHSS – 3
Occupational Health and Safety – Multiple: OHSM – 3
Outstanding Chapter OUT – 3
Promotional Bulletin Board: BB – 3 

Demonstration Contests

A contest that has been developed to a point where there has been sufficient work that the technical standards and sample contest project has been sent to the state directors for their use in the state events. Medal (gold, silver and bronze). Prizes if available may be given to place winners. This year we have the following Demonstration Contests:

Barbering 5/3/18
There have been a few questions on the number of and which mannequins will be used. The statement below should will clarify:

The original standards were set up for only 1 mannequin. However, it has been decided the contest really needs two. Burmax will provide the Ryan w/beard and the Protein Jake for the contest. This will allow the predetermined Pompadour and Flat top to be cut on one and the Creative Pompadour and beard design to be cut on the other.

The outline and schedule for this year’s Barbering contest is in the PDF below. It covers the schedule of events from orientation to competition day.

Barbering Contest Outline and Schedule

The scorecard for the Barbering contest is below:

Barbering Scorecard

ELIGIBILITYOpen to active SkillsUSA members enrolled in programs with barbering and cosmetology as the occupational objective.

Barbering Technology

Collision Damage Appraisal 11/17/17
ELIGIBILITY: Open to active SkillsUSA members enrolled in programs with collision damage appraisal and total loss evaluation as an occupational objective

Collision Damage Appraisal

Humanoid Robotics 1/16/18
Below are the technical standards for HRI – Human-Robot Interaction.

Humanoid Robotics

Team Engineering Challenge (Middle School) 12/22/17
Below are the revisions to the technical standards for this contest:

Team Engineering Challenge


Promotional Bulletin Board 4/5/18
The technical committee is going to increase the presentation time to 5-7 minutes. It was previously 3-5.

Occupationally Related

Entrepreneurship 4/22/18
There is an error in the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards as to where to send the electronic copy. Please send the electronic copy to: He will then send it to the technical committee.

In the technical standards it states ENTR 5.0 — A financial template accompanies this business plan template and may be used to complete this section. The Excel file could not be loaded to the system.It is below for use.

Financial Template

Skilled and Technical 

Automated Manufacturing Technology 4/25/18
Please use the following link to access practice materials for the contest, a download link to the simulation software for the BenchMill 6100, software instructions, and other relevant and important information.

Automotive Refinishing Technology 5/8/18
The following PDF’s will assist you in preparing and study for spot repair.

Spot Repair

The PDF below has an example of the Color Tint Contestant worksheet.

Color Tint contestant worksheet sample

To better prepare, the following PDF will help the contestants study and understand Featheredge Prime and Block

Featheredge Prime and Block

The PDF below will help the contestants study and understand Color Tinting.

Color Tinting

Automotive Service Technology 4/25/18
There has been an update made to the AST contest description. (See revised PDF. Rev. C, below) The Special Tool Provided section has been updated in Station P4.

Automotive Service Technology with update

The Automotive Service Technology stations for  both High School and College/Postsecondary are listed in the link below:

Automotive Service Technology Contest Stations

Collision Repair Technology 5/11/18
The video below is for contestants to see how plastic welding is performed.

To help the competitors to be better prepared for this year’s contest the document below covers information on Plastic and Nitrogen Welding along with tips on metal repair.

Plastic and Nitrogen Welding

To help clarify the needed tools that the competitors need to bring please see the document below. It is the same as we have in the Technical Standards, it just clarifies no power tools are needed.

Tool requirements for Collision Repair Technology

Commercial Baking 4/23/18
Below are the three documents for Commercial Baking. Due to the change of a few recipes, we added a small sauté pan to the tools list.

Contestant Orientation
High School Formula
College/Postsecondary Formula

Cosmetology 3/23/18
The schedule, the general review and mannequins that are going to be used are at the following link:

Culinary Arts 4/25/18
Attached is an additional info sheet for the Culinary Arts contest on stations and equipment.

Culinary Arts stations and equipment

The schedule and menus for High School and Postsecondary are in the document below:

Culinary Arts menus

Electrical Construction Wiring 4/3/18
Please see the attached document that explains what NEC Code book will be used at this year’s written test.

Electrical Construction Wiring

Esthetics 3/24/18
Due to some confusion on last year’s clothing, and some questions on product use, please see the document below:

Esthetics Contest Update

The Fantasy Makeup theme for 2018 Esthetics competitions is “Looney Tunes.”

Graphic Communications 3/30/18
Sinapse Print, developer of press simulation software, will oversee a simulator demonstration. It will give Graphic Communications students a chance to perform exercises on a virtual press and allow us to determine whether the simulator could become a formal part of the contest in the future. This software is currently used at WorldSkills.

Information Technology Services 5/14/18
To better help competitors understand the process and what to expect the attached link will be beneficial.

Mobile Robotics Technology 1/12/18
The PDF below covers the materials and guidelines for this year’s NLSC contest challenge.

Mobile Robotics Technology: Construction Junction

Plumbing 3/20/18
There was an error of omission in the Clothing and Tool App for Plumbing. This concerns the tools and items that are to be supplied by the competitor.

  1. Portable battery-operated screw gun
  2. All competitors using approved battery-operated tools on the above list must provide their own pre-charged batteries for those tools and any bits and accessories needed.
  3. All competitors using approved battery-operated tools on the above list must provide their own pre-charged batteries for those tools
  4. All competitors must create a one page résumé and submit a hard copy to the technical committee chair at orientation. Failure to do so will result in a 10-point penalty.
  5. All competitors must bring a No. 2 pencil and eraser to the contest orientation meeting for the written test.

As a reminder: All competitors using approved battery-operated tools on the above list must provide their own pre-charged batteries for those tools.

Restaurant Service 5/5/18
The PDF has the overview of the contest project and any special requirements to be prepared for this year’s contest project.

2018 Restaurant Service

Robotics and Automation Technology 4/25/18
The PDF below covers the review on computer needs and the two downloads the competitors need to prepare for the contest.

Robotics and Automation Technology update

Robotics Urban Search and Rescue 12/20/17
The PDF below contains the project and contest challenge for this year’s SkillsUSA Championships.

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue

Welding 4/17/18
Please note comments concerning the required tools that are needed and what is not allowed, the items supplied by the committee and the welding project.

Welding update

Welding Fabrication 5/22/18
For Welding Fabrication teams, this year the project and set-up is slightly different. Please review the files below for clarification:

Welding Fabrication update

Technology Demonstration Contests

A contest that will have select teams invited to attend the national event. However, the intent is to provide state association directors, instructors and others information about what the contest is and how it will run in future years. No medals or prizes will be given. MLR and Cyber Security is not in a position to have developed the standards or project to a level that would make it a quality event. However, we want to gain support for next year 2019.

Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair 11/16/17
Scope of the Contest: The contest will be consistent with the auto maintenance and light repair task list outlined in guidelines published by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) at:

Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair

Cyber Security 11/16/17
Scope of the Contest: The contest is defined by industry standards as set by the current industry technical committee. The contest will consist of a three parts troubleshooting problem, systems evaluation/intrusion detection and system   an online written test and end to end networking hands-on evaluation. Assume it is a normal week for an IT expert.

Cyber Security