Chapter Excellence Program

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The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) is the single best way to build a successful SkillsUSA chapter! To learn more, check out the information below.

CEP Application

Chapter Excellence 2.0 PowerPoint
What is CEP?

CEP recognizes achievement as it relates to the integration of the SkillsUSA Framework in chapter program of work activities. As a chapter’s yearly action plan, the program of work is at the heart of student learning and employability development. By using the Framework as a guide, chapters have a blueprint for creating relevant activities that encourage participation and foster an understanding of student learning attained during each activity. The Framework’s focus on intentional learning turns the program of work into more than just a planning tool. Using the Framework, the program of work becomes the vital conduit that links students to the application of personal, workplace and technical skills demanded by industry. The SkillsUSA trifecta for student success!

Within the personal, workplace and technical skills areas, there are specific Essential Elements tied to each. The Essential Elements are high-demand employability skills as defined by industry, and the benchmark for measuring student success during an activity. If students learn the Essential Element of responsibility during a personal component activity, the Framework requires that a chapter be specific regarding the how and why students learned responsibility. This conscientious approach gives added meaning to the valuable experience gained by students in the planning, organization and implementation of activities. Most importantly, this approach actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission to “empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens” on the chapter level.

Every chapter is encouraged to participate in 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 more prepared students. The more a chapter applies the Framework, the greater the chance for CEP honors.  

Why get involved in the CEP?

Implementing the CEP can result in benefits for members, teachers/chapter advisors and for the chapter, campus and community

For members:

  • Creates opportunities to apply Framework skills
  • Fosters personal and workplace skill development
  • Equips with valuable leadership skills and experiences
  • Improves chapter organization and efficiency
  • Develops teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Instills a sense of purpose and belonging
  • Promotes friendly competition in pursuit of excellence
  • Recognizes achievement
  • Provides experiences in completing an application

For teachers/chapter advisors:

  • Provides experiences to develop Framework skills
  • Empowers member’s leadership skill development
  • Reduces workload when members plan and lead chapter activities
  • Educates school administration and community members about SkillsUSA and chapter accomplishments
  • Increases member engagement
  • Increases positive exposure of SkillsUSA chapter
  • Strengthens the presence and support of SkillsUSA on campus and in community
  • Summarizes and documents chapter progress for the year
  • Brings state and national recognition to your program

For Chapter/Campus/Community:

  • Benefits the community by addressing community needs through Framework skills
  • Provides trained workforce allowing for sustainability of the community with Framework skills
  • Highlights Framework skill development for college and career readiness
  • Serves as baseline for chapter improvement in future years
  • Connects members to employers
  • Garners support of campus administration/faculty for SkillsUSA Chapter
  • Gains support of community for SkillsUSA Chapter
  • Illustrates relevance in accomplishing campus goals
  • Brings state and national recognition to your campus and community
What Must Our Chapter Do to Earn Level 1 Quality Chapter Award?

To earn Level 1 Quality Chapter Award, a chapter must:

  • Pay membership dues
  • Have all section advisors pay professional dues to SkillsUSA
  • Elect chapter officers
  • Conduct well planned, regularly scheduled chapter meetings
  • 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 framework components
    • Personal Skills
    • Workplace Skills
    • Technical Skills
  • Complete the Level 1 Quality Chapter application
What Must Our Chapter Do to Earn Level 2 Chapter of Distinction?

To earn Level 2 Chapter of Distinction, a chapter must:

  • Conduct chapter officer training
  • Conduct a chapter recruitment activity (i.e. membership drive, middle school presentation)
  • Engage members in committees to conduct chapter activities
  • Prepare to participate in State Leadership and Skills Conference
  • Complete at least seven of the 14 Chapter of Distinction indicators
    • 75% of eligible students are SkillsUSA members
    • Hold executive committee meetings with local chapter officers
    • Conduct an activity to engage business and industry partners
    • Students attend Fall Leadership Conference
    • Chapter members attend one activity above the chapter level excluding, Fall Leadership Conference
    • Present a report of chapter activities and accomplishments to the school board
    • Hold SkillsUSA local technical area Championships
    • Hold SkillsUSA local leadership/occupational area Championships
    • Celebrate SkillsUSA Week through chapter activities
    • Publish one of more articles in local media
    • Provide a social media or web presence for your local chapter
    • Have 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
    • 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
What Must Our Chapter Do to Earn Level 3 Models of Excellence?

National Models of Excellence

The National Models of Excellence award is the highest honor a chapter can receive.

To earn Level 3 Models of Excellence, a chapter must:

  • Complete Level 1, Quality Award
  • Complete 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.  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
  • Level 3 Models of Excellence will be announced by April 15 so schools can prepare to attend the national conference. Eight schools will be awarded in each component of the framework (Personal, Workplace and Technical) for a total of 24 Level 3 Models of Excellence
  • Chapters will have members 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 in each component will be announced as the Model of Excellence
What do CEP award recipients receive?

Quality Chapter Award (Level 1)

  • Each chapter fulfilling the Quality Chapter Award (Level 1) will receive a certificate
  • Recognized at the state level

Chapter of Distinction Award (Level 2)

  • Each chapter will receive the Quality Chapter Award plus an opportunity to compete for gold, silver and bronze status
  • 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 NLSC
  • Recognized at the state level

Models of Excellence Award (Level 3)

  • Each chapter will receive the Quality Chapter Award certificate, Gold Chapter of Distinction recognition items plus:
  • Large award banner
  • Award plaque
  • Invited to the Models of Excellence awards banquet during NLSC
  • Recognized during the NLSC Awards Ceremony
  • Recognition in promotional materials and best practices guide highlighting Models of Excellence award winners
  • $2,000 chapter grant

*Based on secured sponsorship

Sample Chapter Program Management Tool

Use the following text “Use this sample Chapter Activity to plan your Program of Work activities and ensure that the SkillsUSA Framework is embedded within each activity.

Download the sample Chapter Program Management Tool.

Template Chapter Program Management Tool

The blank application is available as a word document so that students can work on their project goals, action plan and evaluation prior to completing the online application. Spell check and ensure grammar is correct in the word document first, then copy and paste the contents into the online application.

Download a blank application.

Completing Online Level 1 Quality Chapter Application (PPT)
Completing Online Level 2 Chapter of Distinction Application (PPT)
Chapter of Distinction Rubric
2019 Best Practice Guide
Mini Lesson Plans
Level 1 Webinar

CEP Teacher's Guide
Sample Budget for CEP Level 1
2019 Chapter Education Program Participating Chapters

Download the full list.


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Escambia-Brewton Career Technology Center
Marshall Technical School
Northeast Alabama Community College

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Pinson Valley High School
Pleasant Grove High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Cherokee High School
Elmore County Technical Center

Quality Chapters
Bryant Career Technology Center
Calera High School
Calhoun County Career Academy
Career and Technical Education Center
Carver High School
Gardendale High School
Geneva Regional Career Technical Center (GTECH)
Greene County Career Center
Greene County Career Center
Limestone Career Technology Center
Monroe County Career/Technical Center
Morgan County Schools Technology Park 


Quality Chapters
Oden High School


MOE Chapter
Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education
Willow Canyon High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Cibola High School
Estrella Foothills High School
Kofa High School
La Joya Community High School
Perry High School
Verrado High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Alhambra High School
Shadow Mountain High School
Yuma High School

Quality Chapters
Canyon Del Oro High School
Metro Tech High School
NATIVE Central Campus
Pima County JTED at Camino Seco
Pima County JTED at Master Pieces
Valley High School
Vista Grande High School
West-MEC Central
West-MEC NE Campus
West-MEC SW Campus


MOE Chapter
Norwalk High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Cathedral City High School
Cesar Chavez High School
Pioneer High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Downey High School
John F Kennedy High School
Kern High Regional Occupational Center
La Mirada High School
South Pasadena High School
Van Nuys High School
Warren High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Folsom High School
Franklin High School
Lynwood High School
Nellie N. Coffman Middle School
Petaluma High School

Quality Chapters
Anderson Union High School
Char M Weber Inst of Applied Sciences & Technology
Eagle Rock High School
Edison High School
Edward C. Merlo Inst. of Environmental Technology
Fortuna High School
Lancaster High School
Mark Keppel High School
McKinleyville High School
Paso Robles High School
Riverbank High School
South Fork High School
Temple City High School


MOE Chapters
Durango High School
Thomas Jefferson High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Centauri High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Destinations Career Academy of Colorado
Rifle High School


Bronze Chapters of Distinction
A I Prince Technical High School

Quality Chapters
H H Ellis Technical High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Marchman Technical College
Nova High School
Orange Technical College - Avalon Campus

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Orange Technical College - Mid-Florida Campus

Quality Chapters
Belleview High School
Lake Weir High School
Lyman High School
Orange Technical College - Orlando Campus
Pedro Menendez High School
Pensacola State College
Port Saint Lucie High School
Suncoast Technical College
William T McFatter Technical College

Georgia (High School)

MOE Chapters
Cross Keys High School
Greenbrier High School
Grovetown High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Alliance Academy for Innovation
Cambridge High School
Sandy Creek High School
Shaw High School
Stephens County High School
Union Grove High School
Warren Technical School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Apalachee High School
East Laurens High
Fulton Schools College and Career Academy
Haralson County High School
North Atlanta High School
North Cobb High School
Roswell High School
South Atlanta High School
Troup County High School
W.S. Hutchings College & Career Center
West Laurens High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Cedartown High School
Chapel Hill High School
Cherokee High School
Dalton High School
Forsyth Central High School
Richmond Hill High School
Statesboro High School

Quality Chapters
Baldwin High School
Benjamin E Mays High School
Berrien High School
Buford High School
Burke County High School
Calhoun High School
Chattooga High School
Commerce High School
Creekview High School
Effingham College and Career Academy
Etowah High School
Fayette County High School
Fitzgerald High School
Golden Isles Career Academy, CNC Milling
Golden Isles Career Academy, Carpentry
Griffin High School
Harris County High School, Carpentry
Harris County High School, Graphic Communications
Harris County High School, Law Enforcement
Harrison High School
Houston County Career Academy
Jefferson County High School
Jones County High School
Jordan Vocational High School
Kendrick High School
Lafayette High School
Langston Hughes High School
Lumpkin County High School
Madison County High School
Maxwell High School of Tech
Meadowcreek High School
Mill Creek High School
Miller Grove High School
Mount Zion High School
Mountain View High School
Newton College & Career Academy (NCCA)
North Forsyth High School
North Murray High School
North Oconee High School
North Paulding High School
Northwest Whitfield High School
Pickens High School
Putnam County High School
Savannah High School of Liberal Studies
Tift County High School
Upson-Lee High School, Health Science
Upson-Lee High School, Carpentry
Veterans High School
Walton High School
West Forsyth High School
West Hall High School
White County High School
Winder Barrow High School

Georgia (College/Postsecondary)

MOE Chapter
Wiregrass Georgia Tech College

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Georgia Northwestern Tech College
Gwinnett Technical College
Lanier Technical College

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Albany Technical College

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Atlanta Technical College

Quality Chapters
Augusta Technical College
Southern Regional Technical College
West Georgia Technical College


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Meridian Technical Charter High School


Quality Chapters
Bloomington Area Career Center
Capital Area Career Center
Indian Valley Vocational Center


Silver Chapters of Distinction
Olathe Advanced Technical Center

Quality Chapters
Labette County High School
Seward County Community College


Silver Chapters of Distinction
Gateway Academy to Innovation & Technology


MOE Chapters
Greater Lowell Tech High
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School
Cape Cod Tech
Greater New Bedford RVTHS
Montachusett Regional Vo-Tech
Plymouth North Technical Studies
South Shore Vo-Tech High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Taunton High School

Quality Chapters
Blackstone Valley RVTHS
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
Upper Cape Regional
Westfield Technical Academy
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Dorchester Career & Technology Center
Worcester Technical High School

Quality Chapters
Caroline County Career & Tech Center
Frederick County Career & Tech Center


Quality Chapters
Biddeford Regional Center of Tech


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Bay Arenac ISD Career Center

Quality Chapters
Downriver Career Tech Consortium
Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center
Genesee Career Institute


MOE Chapter
New Madrid County R-I Technical Skills Center

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Current River Career Center
Franklin Technology Center
Linn County Area Career and Technical Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Pike/Lincoln Technical Center
Waynesville Career Center

Quality Chapters
Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage
Carthage Technical Center
Cass Career Center
Davis H. Hart Career Center
Lebanon Technology and Career Center
Lewis and Clark Career Center
Nichols Career Center
Ozarks Technical Community College-Career Center


Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Tishomingo County Vo-Tech

Quality Chapters
Stone High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Billings Career Center

Quality Chapters
Bozeman High School
Great Falls High School
Havre High School
Helena High School
Jefferson High School
Red Lodge High School


Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Benson High School

Quality Chapters
Bennington High School
Louisville High School
Scottsbluff High School
Seward High School

New Hampshire

Quality Chapters
Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE

New Jersey

MOE Chapters
Bergen County Academies
Gloucester County Institute of Technology
MCVTS-East Brunswick

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Cumberland County Regional Technical Education Center
Essex Co. Donald M. Payne Tech
Passaic County Technical Institute
Somerset County Vo-Tech

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Sussex County Tech School

Quality Chapters
Bergen County Tech High School - Paramus
Essex Co Vocational-West Caldwell
Mercer County Vo-Tech Schools
Warren County Tech School
West Orange High School

New Mexico

MOE Chapter
Deming High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Hobbs High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Navajo Technical University

Quality Chapters
FMS Cate Center

New York (High School)

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Albany Career & Technical School
Aviation Career & Technical Education High School
Broome Tioga BOCES
CV-TEC Plattsburgh Campus
Niagara Career and Technical Center
Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES CTEC
Thomas A Edison Career & Technical High School
Wildwood Educational Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Orange-Ulster BOCES

Quality Chapters
Metropolitan High School
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
Rockland Career Education Center
Ulster Vo Tech Center

North Carolina

MOE Chapters
Catawba Valley Community College

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Columbus Career & College Academy
Nash Community College

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Lee County High School
Middle Creek High School
Midway High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Bear Grass Charter School
Fayetteville Technical Community College
South Stanly High School
West Stanly High School

Quality Chapters
Caldwell Comm. College & Tech Institute
Carteret Community College
Chapel Hill High School
Chatham Central High School
D H Conley High School
Hunter Huss High School
Northern Nash Senior High School
Richlands High School
Roanoke Rapids High School
Robeson County Career Center
Rowan Cabarrus Community College - Salisbury 


MOE Chapters
Buckeye Hills Career Center
Upper Valley Career Center
Vanguard-Sentinel CTC-Vanguard Campus

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Pioneer Career & Technology Center
U S Grant JVS
Vanguard-Sentinel CTC-Sentinel Campus

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Eastland Career Center-Groveport
Wayne County JVS

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Penta Career Center

Quality Chapters
Choffin Career Center
C-TEC High School
Fairfield Career Center
Greene County Career Center
Lima Senior High School
Mentor High School
Miami Valley CTC
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers -Buffalo
Ohio Valley Vocational
Pickaway-Ross JVSD
Portage Lakes JVS
Springfield-Clark CTC
Tri-Rivers Career Center


MOE Chapters
Geary High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Canadian Valley Tech Center - El Reno
Gordon Cooper Technology Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Francis Tuttle Technology Center-Portland Campus
Indian Capital Technology Center-Muskogee
Tulsa Technology Center - Off-Site Programs

Quality Chapters
Metro Technology Center-South Bryant


Silver Chapters of Distinction
Taft High School

Quality Chapters
Grants Pass High School
Madras Senior High School
McLoughlin Middle School
North Marion High School
North Valley High School
Sabin-Schellenberg Center
Silverton High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Lenape Technical School
Mon Valley CTC

Quality Chapters
Somerset County AVTS

Puerto Rico

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Laura Mercado School

Quality Chapters
ESC Sup Voc Antonio Luchetti

Rhode Island

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Providence Career & Technical Academy

Quality Chapters
W M Davies Junior Career Tech High School
Woonsocket Career Tech Center

Tennessee (High School)

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Spring Hill High School

Tennessee (College Postsecondary)

MOE Chapter
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Pulaski

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Harriman

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Dickson
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Knoxville

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Hohenwald

Quality Chapters
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Chattanooga
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Hartsville
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Jackson
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-McKenzie
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Paris

Texas (High School)

Gold Chapters of Distinction
A & M Consolidated High School
Cleveland High School
Grand Prairie High School
Rudder High School, Advertising Design
Rudder High School, Engineering Related Technology
Seminole High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Iowa Park High School
New Caney High School
Pittsburg High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Duncanville High School
Klein Collins High School

Quality Chapters
Blanson CTE High School
Byron Steele High School
Caney Creek High School
Dayton High School
Keller Center for Advanced Learning
Port Neches-Groves High School
Rudder High School, Computer Programming
Rudder High School, Photography
Temple High School
Texas City High School
Texas High School

Texas (College Postsecondary)

Gold Chapters of Distinction
El Centro College

Quality Chapters
Lamar State College


Quality Chapters
Hunter High School
Maple Mountain High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Academies of Loudoun
Franklin County High School
Greensville County High School CTE
New Horizons Regional Education Centers
Pulaski County High School
Southampton High School

Quality Chapters
King George High School
Washington County Career & Tech Ed Center


Gold Chapters of Distinction
North Country Career Center

Quality Chapters
Green Mountain Technology & Career Center
Windham Regional Career Center

Washington (High School)

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Oak Harbor High School
Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center

Quality Chapters
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

Wisconsin (High School)

MOE Chapter
New Berlin West High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Bradley Tech High School
Green Bay Southwest High School
Phelps High School
Unity School District

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Athens High School
Barack Obama School of Career & Tech Ed (BOSCTE) MS
Dodgeland High School
Elkhorn Area High School
Hartford Union High School+
Jefferson High School
LakeView Technology Academy
Little Chute High School
Oshkosh North High School
The School of Career and Technical Ed High School
Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Oakfield High School

Quality Chapters
Clinton High School - Clinton Comm. Dist.
Colby High School
D C Everest High School
Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin
Goodman-Armstrong Creek High School
Madison Memorial High School
Necedah High School
Port Edwards High School
River Valley Senior High School
Superior Senior High School
Wausau East High School
Wausau West High School
West Bend High School
Winneconne High School

West Virginia

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Putnam Career and Technical Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Monongalia County Tech Center
Roane-Jackson Tech Center

Quality Chapters
Nicholas County Career and Technical Center
South Branch Career and Technical Center


MOE Chapter
Central High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Buffalo High School

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