The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) is the single best way to build a successful SkillsUSA chapter. The CEP recognizes achievement as it relates to the integration of the SkillsUSA Framework in chapter Program of Work (PoW) activities.
Every chapter is encouraged to participate in the CEP, and there are three award levels to recognize program involvement. The first two levels are acknowledged by a chapter’s state association, and the third level is recognized nationally. Each level is designed to give chapters a benchmark for success and future improvement, leading to stronger chapters and better-prepared students. The more a chapter applies the Framework, the greater the chance for CEP honors, so go for the gold and gain the recognition your chapter deserves through CEP participation!
CEP Recognition Levels
Level 1: Quality Chapter
This first level honors chapters for achieving essential standards of excellence.
Level 2: Chapter of Distinction
This second level recognizes chapters that go beyond baseline requirements, and Chapter of Distinction award winners may earn bronze, silver or gold level of this award.
Level 3: Models of Excellence
Chapters in each state receiving a gold “Chapter of Distinction” award are eligible for national selection as a Models of Excellence chapter. These chapters define excellence. Best practices will be gleaned from the award winners and shared with the field to serve as models for other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs. Eight chapters will be chosen to represent each component of the SkillsUSA Framework (Personal, Workplace and Technical Skills), and one winner representing each component will be chosen at SkillsUSA’s National Leadership & Skills Conference.
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Complete a projected chapter budget (list of planned income and expenses for the year)
Complete a Program of Work (list of planned chapter activities for the year)
Conduct at least one activity within each of the three SkillsUSA Framework components: Personal Skills, Workplace Skills and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics
Complete the Level 1 Quality Chapter application
To earn Level 2 Chapter of Distinction, a chapter must:
Conduct chapter officer training
Conduct a chapter recruitment activity (e.g., membership drive, middle school presentation)
Engage members in committees to conduct chapter activities
Prepare to participate in their State Leadership and Skills Conference
Complete at least seven of the Chapter of Distinction indicators
Demonstrate that at least 75% of eligible students are SkillsUSA members
Hold executive committee meetings with local chapter officers
Conduct an activity to engage business and industry partners
Attend their state’s Fall Leadership Conference and one other activity above the chapter level
Present a report of chapter activities and accomplishments to the school board
Hold local SkillsUSA technical competitions
Hold local SkillsUSA leadership/occupational competitons
Celebrate SkillsUSA Week through chapter activities
Publish one or more articles in local media
Provide a social media or web presence for your local chapter
Run a candidate for state office
Conduct chapter awards program or banquet on the local level, in which all members may attend
Participate in the Career Essentials: Experiences program
Participate in SkillsUSA National Signing Day
Complete and record three chapter activities
The CEP rubric offers specific information to help support a fair distribution of points.
Bronze Chapter of Distinction: 100 – 164 points
Silver Chapter of Distinction: 165- 239 points
Gold Chapter of Distinction: 240 – 300 points
The Level 3 National Models of Excellence award is the highest honor a chapter can receive. To earn it, a chapter must:
Complete requirements for Level 1, Quality Chapter
Complete requirements for Level 2, Chapter of Distinction
Receive a Gold Chapter of Distinction award
Be submitted by the state director for consideration as a national Models of Excellence chapter. The number of submissions per state must not exceed 10 percent of all chapters in the state. For example, if a state has 250 chapters, 25 Gold Chapter of Distinction winners would be eligible.
For those chapters that are forwarded by the state director to the national office, a panel of judges will evaluate the Level 2 Chapter of Distinction activities based on the criteria of goals, plan of action, results, evaluation and Framework
Eight schools will be awarded in each component of the SkillsUSA Framework (Personal, Workplace and Technical) for a total of 24 Level 3 Models of Excellence chapters. These chapters will be announced by April 15 so schools can prepare to attend the national conference.
Chapter members will participate in business and industry partner interviews.
At the conclusion of the Level 3 Models of Excellence presentations and interviews during the national conference, a single chapter from each Framework component will be announced as the Model of Excellence for that specific component (Personal, Workplace and Technical Skills).
Chapters receiving the Level 1 “Quality Chapter” award receive:
Recognition at the state level
Chapters receiving the Level 2 “Chapter of Distinction” receive the Quality Chapter Award certificate plus an opportunity to compete for gold, silver and bronze status as a Chapter of Distinction.
Silver and bronze winners will receive a certificate.
Gold winners will receive:
A display banner
Advisor lapel pin
Invitation to attend the Chapter of Distinction mega prize reception at our National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC)
Recognition at the state level
Chapters achieving the Level 3 “Models of Excellence” award will each receive the Quality Chapter Award certificate, Gold Chapter of Distinction recognition items plus:
Large award banner
Invitation to the Models of Excellence awards banquet during our National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC)
Recognition during the NLSC Awards Ceremony
Recognition in promotional materials and best practices guides highlighting Models of Excellence award winners
Note: Receipt of some of the items listed above is based on secured sponsorship.
Ask each student member to complete this Essential Element self evaluation to help them identify strengths and weaknesses within the SkillsUSA Framework. This helps your chapter to create and plan your Program of Work with intentionality. When completing the assessment, include your chapter ID number, which you can find on our Registration site. (You’ll need to be logged in.) Assessments results will be emailed to the participant and advisor email address associated with the chapter. Advisors are able to receive an aggregated report of all chapter members for use in planning their chapter’s Program of Work and Framework skill-building lessons. To receive your chapter’s report, contact SkillsUSA’s Customer Care team.