The following are frequently asked questions about the National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Photo ID Requirements to Change for Flights to NLSC — Nine States Affected

Beginning Jan. 22, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to fly with only their driver’s licenses for their identification. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints — even for domestic travel. The reason is because driver’s licenses from these nine states do not meet the federal government’s minimum-security standards. For states to pass these standards, they must verify every ID applicant’s identity, put anti-counterfeit technology in the production of the card and conduct background checks on those who issue driver’s licenses.

Starting in January, passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight. This will affect students and advisors traveling to the 2018 National Leadership and Skills Conference, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, go to: www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs

Registration Fee and Name Badges

Registration for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is $150 for all participating individuals and guests. This fee includes name badge, lanyard, conference app, SkillsUSA Night ticket, bus transportation schedule, entrance to all conference events, and Awards and Recognition book. No individual tickets are sold for the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, June 26. Tickets to the Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 29, are available onsite for $15 each on a limited basis; purchase them at SkillsUSA Registration Headquarters in Room E1 of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) by Friday, June 29, at 4 p.m.

Your state SkillsUSA director will be given all state registration information and material. Conference participants need to obtain this material (items such as your name badge, conference information) from the state association director at the designated state meeting time.

Directions to KEC

Opening Ceremony

  • Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m.
  • There are no tickets for the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday – you must be a registered participant. (The cost to register for the conference is $150.)

The entire ceremony will be broadcast live via Internet. Details are available here.


The KEC contest floor will be open to the public beginning on Tuesday, June 26, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. During this time, there will be orientations going on and a few preliminary contest events.

Wednesday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., limited competitions will begin.

Thursday, June 28, all competitions begin at 8 a.m. They will close promptly at 5 p.m.

See the official program (posted here) for exact times and details.

Admission is free and open to the public Wednesday and Thursday. No access will be allowed to anyone other than credentialed personnel prior to the start times listed.

SkillsUSA Night

      • Takes place Thursday, June 28, at Kentucky Kingdom, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
      • Ticket cost for non-registered attendees: $20
      • Kentucky Kingdom’s website

Do not bring the following items into Kentucky Kingdom:

      • Weapons such as knives or guns
      • Any glass container
      • Food, beverages, or alcohol brought in from outside the park
      • Drugs or other illegal substances
      • Coolers or picnic baskets
      • Vehicles or two-wheeled electric scooters
      • Skateboards, bicycles or skates
      • Pets
      • Tents

Awards Ceremony

      • Friday, June 29, at 5 p.m.
      • Tickets cost $10 plus a service charge of $1.42 There is no charge for children age 10 and under.
      • To purchase tickets, go to KEC Room E1 (East Wing, near North Wing Lobby). Times will be posted outside the door.
      • You can also purchase tickets at the door at Freedom Hall. Cost onsite is $15.
      • The entire ceremony will be broadcast live via Internet. Details are available here.

What’s the phone number for my child’s hotel?

A complete hotel listing can be found here.

What’s the schedule for hotel shuttles?

Bus routes and schedules.

Mobility Scooter/Wheelchair Information

Discount Medical Supply is working with SkillsUSA to provide mobility scooter/wheelchair service to all attendees. Scooters will be delivered/picked up at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Attendees are responsible to work directly with supplier on reservations. To reserve a scooter or wheelchair, please call 502-413-2006 .

Other FAQs

You can find additional frequently asked questions here.