Competition Updates

General Notes

Important: The competition updates listed below provide members with the latest information about themes, clarifications, professional development test study guide, national competitor online submission/testing requirements and more. A competition update covers anything that is not listed in the official SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards and that a competitor and/or advisor needs to be aware of and bring and/or complete for the national competition. State-specific competition updates are not published on the national website.

Competition Scorecards

Scorecards for the National Leadership and Skills Conference Competitions are not published in advance. Previously used scorecards are available to view as a reference only with the understanding that this year’s current scorecards will likely have changes.

They are available here as a download.

Competition Theme

The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2022-23 school year is:

SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now

Our Time is Now theme artThe topic to be addressed by competitors in the 2023 SkillsUSA Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is our theme, “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now.”

Within this topic, competitors might illustrate or discuss any of the following:

  1. The membership theme “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now” implies that members have both the tools and the confidence to take on further education or employment in their career field. Name three ways that SkillsUSA has prepared you with the tools to enter the workforce?
  2. How is the SkillsUSA Framework of developing Personal Skills, Workplace Skills and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics central to the idea of being ready for employment?
  3. The theme “Our Time is Now” is inclusive of all SkillsUSA members and their collective preparedness and confidence in their skills and abilities. How has your SkillsUSA chapter worked together to ensure that all chapter members are career-ready?
  4. If asked to create a member recruitment campaign around the theme “Our Time is Now”, what would be your key points?
  5. How has learning and practicing the SkillsUSA Framework Essential Elements given you confidence in your skill set? Name two Essential Elements that you have practiced during your SkillsUSA membership that are mastered now.
  6. What activities or learning within your career and technical education program have prepared you to contribute to the workforce, implementing the concepts and the positive confidence exemplified in the theme “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now”?
  7. What does the theme “SkillsUSA” Our Time is Now” mean to you?

Download the theme art.

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards

The SkillsUSA Championships technical standards are the official competition guides for the SkillsUSA Championships, and they’ve been newly revised for 2023. The standards feature all the rules for each national competition, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility, and equipment lists. They also list the embedded academic skills in math, English and science for each competition. Rules for state and local events may vary from the national guidelines, but most state competitive events are modeled after the national technical standards. As a member benefit, SkillsUSA professional members receive the current SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards when they have submitted a current and accurate email address with their membership details. Join as a professional member here. Watch this video to learn how to access the technical standards.

Resume Requirement

All competitors must create a one-page resume to submit online unless otherwise specified in their competition’s technical standards. Middle school competitors are exempt from the resume requirement. On May 1, 2023, the link for resume submission will be published on this page. At that point, SkillsUSA national competitors should submit their resume by June 1, 2023. Failure to do so will result in a 10-point penalty.

Your resume must be saved as a PDF file type using file name format of “Last Name_First Name.” For example, “Amanda Smith” would save her resume as Smith_Amanda. If you need assistance with saving your file as a PDF, visit the Adobe website for more information.

Professional Development Test Study Guide

Prepare for the state and national Professional Development tests with this study guide. Please note middle school competitors are NOT required to take the Professional Development test as part of their competition.

Download the guide.

2022-23 Updates


Commercial Roofing Demonstration 12-1-22
Competitors will install the most commonly used roof type, thermoplastic, on the same mockup used for NRCA’s ProCertification exam. Participants will put on all required safety equipment, roll out a sheet of thermoplastic membrane, mechanically attach it to the deck, flash the perimeter edge wall, and flash around a box and pipe boot. Contest involves a written test, which is the same as the exam for NRCA’s TRAC: Thermoplastic course.

Download the technical standards for this demonstration contest.
Heavy Equipment Operation Demonstration 12-1-22
Heavy Equipment Operators are needed on construction sites all over the country now more than ever. Students should have knowledge of equipment operation, day to day maintenance and activities (such as surveying and blueprint reading) on various machines in different applications. The competition will evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment and recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of Heavy Equipment Operation.

Download the technical standards for this demonstration contest.


Chapter Business Procedure 11-4-22

Student teams demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary procedures related to material found in Roberts Rules of Order.

Extemporaneous Speaking 11-4-22
The reference materials used in this competition can be found in the SkillsUSA Educational Store which include: SkillsUSA Member Handbook and SkillsUSA Framework Fundamentals Cards: Framework Fundamentals: Teaching Strategies for Essential Elements/TG

Pin Design (State, includes middle school)  11-29-22
The competition is designed to assess the competitor’s ability to design and produce a trading pin concept for their State SkillsUSA association. The inclusion of (State Conference) in the competition name does not require any state conference theme and/or naming requirements it is simply meant to differentiate this competitive event from the NLSC Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge.

T-Shirt Design (State, includes middle school) 12-2-22
The visual presentation will consist of ONLY your printed T-shirt and a design notebook to be submitted in an official SkillsUSA three-ring binder. Any other items including the formerly used tri-fold displays will no longer be allowed. Review the 2023 National Technical Standards for more information.

The competition is designed to assess the competitor’s ability to design and produce a t-shirt concept for their State SkillsUSA association. The competition has moved from requiring a visual presentation on a standard tri-fold table display to creating a professional portfolio (Notebook). The inclusion of (State Conference) in the competition name does not require any state conference theme and/or naming requirements it is simply meant to differentiate this competitive event from the NLSC Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge.

Skilled and Technical

Cyber Security 11-17-22

The Combined Component Workbench listed under supplied by the competitor section is the: Connected Components Workbench from Rockwell International.

Esthetics 10-6-22
The 2023 Esthetics competition theme is “Fairy Tale”.

Mobile Robotics Technology 11-17-22
The game manuals for the 2023 Mobile Robotics Technology competition are available below:

Nail Care 11-29-22
Update to submission details for the nail art photo required under the supplied by the competitor: Competitors should bring a digital photo of nail art to be created during the competition saved on a USB flash drive. The photo may include props. Note: Due at competition check-in.

An online submission for contestant’s nail art photo is being introduced in the 2023 competition for full adoption into the technical standards in 2024. Please note there is no penalty for submitting the nail art photo online in 2023, all entries will be accepted on-site in Atlanta. SkillsUSA national competitors should submit their nail art photo at the same time as their resume online. All online submissions must be made by June 1. The submission link for the resume and nail art photo will be published on http://updates.skillsusa.org on May 1.

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue 11-23-22
The 2023 challenge guidelines are available for download here: