Contest Updates

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards

The 2017-2018 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 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

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 2-1-18
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

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

HRI – Human-Robot Interaction

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

Team Engineering Challenge

Skilled and Technical 

Esthetics 9/25/17
The Fantasy Makeup theme for 2018 Esthetics competitions is “Looney Tunes.”

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 2/7/18
As a reminder: All competitors using approved battery-operated tools on the above list must provide their own pre-charged batteries for those tools.

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

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