Contest Updates

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards

The 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards when they have submitted a current and accurate email address with their membership details. The 2018-2019 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

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 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

Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair (High School only) 4-8-19
Please see the attachment below for more details on the national Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Demonstration Competition.

Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair

Please see the scorecard below for Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair.

Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair scorecard

The guidelines and technical standards for Maintenance Light Repair are in the PDF below. This will help students and advisors prepare for this contest.

Automobile Maintenance and Light Repair Technical Standards

Barbering 12/10/18

The instructions for the drawing needed for the Barbering competition is on the PDF below.

Barbering Head Sheet

The guidelines and Technical Standards for Barbering are in the PDF below. This will help students and advisors prepare for this contest.

Barbering Technical Standards

Collision Damage Appraisal and Total Loss Evaluation Technology 1/23/19
Please note, in the technical standards for this demo contest they have changed to clothing requirement to white polo and black pants.

Collision Damage Appraisal and Total Loss Evaluation Technology Technical Standards

Cyber Security 4-12-19
The information on this link will help the contestant and advisors understand the contest and tasks. This is a brief overview and is not the complete test or every aspect of the stations.  Score card to be added.

Cyber Security overview

Below is the scoring rubric for Cyber Security:

Cyber Security Scoring Rubric (Excel)
Cyber Security Scoring Rubric (PDF)

The PDF below is the guidelines for this year’s Cyber Security Contest. Please periodically check the Contest Updates Page for any additional notes or contest guidelines.

Cyber Security guidelines

The PDF below is  the overview for Cyber Security the technical standards and guidelines will be posted when completed and will be dated.

Cyber Security overview


Health Knowledge Bowl 3/26/19
A calculator will be required for this contest, provided by the teams. Please see the correction to a portion of the National Health Knowledge Bowl Technical Standards.

BOWL 3.0 — Use knowledge gained from reading current events regarding healthcare related topics, procedures, research or events that occur worldwide.

3.1 Describe healthcare systems and its components
3.2  Identify how factors such as cost managed care, technology, and aging population, patient access to care, alternative therapies and lifestyle/behavior changes may affect various health care models.

Outstanding Chapter 3/14/19
Clarification on the Technical Standards:

Section K. 1. Two points will be awarded for each completed module per member of the SkillsUSA Chapter in the SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations Curriculum and Resources, up to a maximum point value of 40 points.

**Verification: Letter from the school’s administration verifying which modules were completed by the chapter members in the SkillsUSA Career Essentials Foundations: Curriculum and Resources.

Please note a revision to the Technical Standards in the Elements and Criteria for Judging, Part 1, Section K: SkillsUSA Career Essentials. If you are a professional member who has already downloaded the 2018-19 Technical Standards, please download this contest again to have the current version.

Prepared Speech 2/19/2019
Correction to the contest guidelines:

  1. The contestant will not be permitted to use a watch or clock.

Promotional Bulletin Board 2/14/19
The team of three (3) will be required during the presentation portion of the contest. All three members should be prepared to speak about the project and answer questions during the Q&A portion.

Occupationally Related

Entrepreneurship 4/18/19
Below is a sample worksheet to help prepare for presentations.

Entrepreneurship sample worksheet

The PDFs below are to help you with your preparation for the Entrepreneurship contest.

Entrepreneurship knowledge performance
Financial model demo

Occupational Health and Safety: Single and Multiple 10/31/18
A demonstration station has been added to this contest for 2019. The station will be a written test that will examine safety categories including: General administration, fall protection, blood-borne pathogens, materials handling – the use of a forklift or crane, PPE, noise awareness, and fire, chemical, ladder, and electrical safety. This demo station will not be part of the contestant’s final score, however these scores will be evaluated in deciding future use of similar tests.

Skilled and Technical 

Automated Manufacturing 4/30/19
Please visit for reference to the following:

  • SkillsUSA National Contest Rules and Announcements
  • Preparation on computer needs
  • Practice contest
  • Other contest updates

Two computers are used per team. Please see – section 2.9.2 for other requirements for this contest.

Automotive Refinishing Technology 5/17/19
Please review the following document for updates and details on the Featheredge Prime and Block scenario as well as safety and data sheets:

The link below will help competitors prepare for Spot Repair:
Auto Refinishing Technology update – Spot Repair

The link below will help competitors prepare for Color Tinting
Automotive Refinishing Technology update – Color Tinting

Automotive Refinishing update (4/2/19)

To help advisors and competitors better prepare for the Automotive Refinishing contest, the attached information lists the rotation of the paints and companies that will be used for the next two years.

Auto Refinishing Paint Rotation

Automotive Service Technology 4/8/19
Please see the attachment below for more details on the National AST Competition.

Automotive Service Technology

Collision Repair Technology 4/25/19
Contestants will need to bring the following tools and materials to the Collision Repair Technology Contest:

  • Specialty hand tools (i.e. bullseye pick, etc.)
  • Welding goggles
  • Welding gloves
  • Welding jacket
  • 9/16” and 5/8” wrenches
  • Tape measure
  • Two hard copies of résumé

* No Power Hand Tools or Hammer and Dollies, these items are supplied by the contest.

Please view the document below for details on demonstrations in the Collision Repair Technology contest.

Collision Repair update

Commercial Baking 5/20/2019

Commercial Baking update

Below, please find the recipes for this year’s NLSC:

Commercial Baking 2019 recipes

Computer Programming 4/23/19
The PDF below is a list of the most currently approved computer programming languages.

Computer programming languages

Cosmetology 4/19/19
The link will bring you up-to-date on the schedule and the necessary information on the stations and hair cuts as well as the mannequins.

To ensure you have the colors of your choice for your selected hair color technique, please send the selected RUSK hair color that you wish to use at Nationals to Marco Navarra at: by June 1st, 2019. Please be sure to include lightener if you are needing to use this so we can bring the correct amount of tubs.  This will be shared.

A student kit check will be completed during the morning of the practical competition, and is subject to a 30 point deduction to the final score if tools are missing. Kit requirements will be explained thoroughly at orientation the day before to avoid any missing components.

Culinary Arts 4/2/19
Tools and tool boxes will be checked during orientation.  Contestants will need to bring all tools and tool boxes to orientation.  Storage area will be provided after orientation.

Below, please see the menu’s for this year’s NLSC:

Culinary Arts 2019 menus

Electrical Construction Wiring 3/29/19
Please see the revised list of what is expected to be supplied by the contestant:

  1. Latest edition of the National Electrical Code, as of the January prior to the SkillsUSA Championships.
    a. Note: the NEC Handbook is not approved for use during the written test.
  2. Non-programmable calculator
  3. #2 pencils
  4. Sharpie Markers (1-Black, 1-Red, 1-Blue)

Students will need to provide their own non-programmable calculator for this year’s contest.

Esthetics 5/8/19
The 2019 SkillsUSA NLSC Esthetics Fantasy Makeup theme is –  Optical Illusion.

Esthetics Flyer
Esthetics Contestant Packet

Graphic Communications 3/27/2019
To help students and advisors prepare for this year’s NLSC, please see the excel sheet below to register for simulator training. See the PDF below for additional information.

Graphic Communications update

Information Technology Services 3/5/19
Please check for contest updates and other recommended contestant preparation at the following link:

Major Appliance Refrigeration Technology 4/3/19

  • Remember that Lokring will be a mandatory part of the brazing project this year.
  • All contest rotations will be increased to 40 minutes – this is a 10-minute increase over previous years.
  • The contest uniform is mandatory for all MART activities. Including but not limited to orientation, GE plant tour, and all training seminars.
  • No hats of any kind can be worn during any MART activities.
  • Product seminars will return this year on Tuesday and Wednesday. These seminars are mandatory for all contestants. All instructors/advisors are welcome to attend.

Masonry 3/5/19

  1. Official SkillsUSA Clothing must be worn for the Industry Tour, Luncheon, Written Test, and Orientation. Attendance for all is mandatory.
  2. Safety glasses are required

Mobile Robotics 1/12/19
To help all understand the scoring for this year’s Mobile Robotics Competition the PDF  below was created:

Mobile Robotics scoring

The PDF below is the 2019 Mobile Robotics Contest Project/Challenge for this year and this should help teams prepare.

Mobile Robotics Project/Challenge

Due to some changes within the technical committee, there have been some updates to the challenge task and the equipment needs in this competition. The PDF below should cover all that is needed to prepare.

Equipment needs for Mobile Robotics

Plumbing 2/11/19
The plumbing technical committee has decided to change the copper joints from soldered to press joints.

The competitors will not have to add anything to their tool list as they will provide the necessary press tools to all competitors

Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance 11/5/18
This contest is now called Internet of Things and Smart Home.

Restaurant Service 5/20/19
The link below if for the college/postsecondary competitors in Restaurant Service it is your schedule and task assignment.

Restaurant Service packet

This change is to level the requirements for all. There will also be a 1-year grace period to allow everyone time to make the adjustment.

Official SkillsUSA white long-sleeved dress shirt; black dress slacks with belt; plain black tie with no pattern or SkillsUSA black tie; shined, non-skid black leather work shoes with black socks that cover the ankle. Non-bib Bistro aprons are the official apron for food and beverage service and are required. Waiter’s jackets, bow ties, vests, cummerbunds or half aprons are not permitted

Robotics and Automation Technology 4/29/19
Please view the PDF below for software updates in this contest:

Robotics and Automation Technology update for 2019

Robotics Urban Search and Rescue  2/1/19
The contest name is the same but some modifications within the project and in particular is on page 9 paragraph 2 with information on the weight of what is called the ordinance.

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue update

Technical Drafting 5/2/19
The PDF below will cover tool requirements and contest guidelines to help the competitors prepare for this years contest project.

Technical Drafting tools and equipment update

Telecommunications Cabling 5/10/19
This year, Corning Cable Systems will be offering a chance for students in this contest to practice fiber optics splicing. This is not mandatory but will provide training directly from industry experts – correct and current methods for fiber optic technology as well as additional copper cable practice are included. This training will be in the contest area on Wednesday, June 26 from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Below is the link to the Corning Optical YouTube Channel where you can find valuable video sources regarding Fiber Optics:

Welding 5/14/19

The instructions and plans will help the competitors and advisors prepare for this year’s welding project.

Welding update

The PDF below is the tool list and welding materials for this year’s project.

Welding update

Welding Fabrication 6/13/29
Due to an error in the previous document, we are reposting this with the corrections for the competitors and advisors.

Welding Fabrication update


Photos from the 2018 Welding Fabrication competition.