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)  10/3/18
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 9/5/18
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 9/5/18
The guidelines and technical standards for Collision Damage Appraisal are in the PDF bel0w. This will help students and advisors prepare for this contest.

Collision Damage Appraisal Technical Standards

Cyber Security 9/5/18
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

Skilled and Technical 

Automotive Refinishing Technology 9/1/18
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

Esthetics 9/14/18
The 2019 SkillsUSA NLSC Esthetics Fantasy Makeup theme is –  Optical Illusion.