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SkillsUSA Competition 2022: Join, Benefits, Membership & Results

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What is the SkillsUSA competition?

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Our mission is to help each student excel.

Benefits of SkillsUSA:

  • SkillsUSA provides educational programs, events, and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.
  • It also provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development.
  • It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communications skills.
  • It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.
  • SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system through its partnership with business and industry.
Is SkillsUSA a club?

Yes, it is! In fact, it was created in 1965 as the VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) Club to be a way for students like you to get involved and start gaining skills. Along the way, it evolved into SkillsUSA and now represents more than 785,000 current members. We can help you gain the confidence and knowledge to go out there and get your dream job.

How do I join SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is open to high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs. Skills can be learned in any classroom or on any job site as long as the training is part of an approved curriculum.

If you are interested in joining SkillsUSA, search for a local chapter near you by visiting the website at

Once you have located a chapter near you, contact the chapter advisor for more information about how to join your local chapter. If there is not a local chapter near you, contact SkillsUSA at 800-321-6742 for assistance with becoming a member of the organization and starting a local chapter.

Who does SkillsUSA sponsor?

SkillsUSA is a national organization that helps students develop their skills in technical fields.

In addition to sponsoring competitions and conferences, SkillsUSA provides students with opportunities for leadership training, professional development, and career exploration. The organization also works with corporations to establish a practical relationship between the education system and industry.

What is Quiz Bowl SkillsUSA?

You can think of SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl as a game show for students. You’ll be asked questions from a variety of subjects, like math, science, history, and pop culture, and you’ll get points for each one you answer correctly. Some questions are easy, others are challenging. It’s a great way to have fun and show off what you know!

What are the membership types within SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA has five types of memberships:

1. Regular Member

Anyone enrolled and attending a high school, middle school, or postsecondary/collegiate program that offers instruction in any Career and Technical Education (CTE) program is eligible for this membership. Upon graduation, a member may move to the Alumni Membership level. Members receive the SkillsUSA Championships infosheet, official patch, wallet card, and lapel pin.

2. Associate Member

Designed for company/industry representatives who have an interest in CTE programs as well as individuals from industry associations, education organizations, and business and labor entities who are interested in supporting SkillsUSA’s mission. An Associate Member receives an annual subscription to SkillsUSA Champions magazine; they may vote at the national level only; they do not receive publications specific to members in training programs; they cannot hold office at the local or state levels, and are not eligible to participate in SkillsUSA Championships events.

3. Alumni Member

Any former high school student member whose participation ended upon graduation is eligible for this membership. They receive the same benefits as regular members except they may not participate in any state or national competition activity or hold office at the local level.

4. Honorary Member

Recognizes persons deemed worthy by their contributions to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. This membership class does not have voting privileges or eligibility for local offices nor can it compete at the state or national levels of competition.

5. Advisory Member

This membership class represents companies that provide advisory services so essential to effective technical education programs. The individual advisory board representative (teacher) will receive all rights and privileges of a regular member including voting rights on all matters except election of national officers with eligibility for all levels of competitive events within his/her trade specialty areas

What is the SkillsUSA theme for this year (2022)?

  • The SkillsUSA 2022 theme is “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work.”
  • Why? Because the people who participate in SkillsUSA are champions, and they are all champions at work.

What skills are you using today that will ensure you have a successful tomorrow?

  • The skills you use today in school will help you have a successful tomorrow.
  • Wherever you work, the skills you use at work will get better with practice and that will help you be successful in the future.
  • When you take time to improve your personal life by using your skills, those skills are important for tomorrow.

How many states is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA has chapters in all 50 states and two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). That’s 54 state associations, each of which is responsible for administering its own SkillsUSA Championships contests.

We don’t have a national competition to determine the best students in any given trade or skill. Rather, winners at state competitions are eligible to advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which takes place annually in June.

Competition Guidelines

Your students must be currently enrolled in a Career and Technical Education Program to be eligible to participate.

  • Your contestants must be a member of an active SkillsUSA chapter. Memberships can be purchased through the SkillsUSA website at a cost of $12 per student.
  • All contestants must be in good standing as a student in your school and as a member of SkillsUSA

State Conference

During the State Conference, you will be competing with students from other schools in your state. You will also compete against other schools in your state. The best of the best from each state will go on to compete at Nationals (in Kentucky). Prizes and scholarships are awarded to the winners. Fun!

The typical structure for a SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference is as follows:

  • Friday — Opening Ceremonies, skill competitions and related activities, and the awards ceremony for some competitions
  • Saturday — Skill competitions continue until about 12 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony for all remaining competitions

Skills USA competition list

SkillsUSA competitions happen in two types: leadership and skills.

Leadership competitions include:

  • Employment application process
  • Extemporaneous speech
  • Job interview
  • Opening and closing ceremonies team leadership
  • Parliamentary procedure team leadership
  • Prepared speech

Skills USA competition result

Each SkillsUSA competition is professionally judged by industry experts to ensure that the winning students have mastered the necessary skills and can perform as required. The judges will be looking for specific skills in each competition, described in detail below.

The Judges Expect You To:

  • Be prompt at all times.
  • Display a positive attitude throughout the contest.
  • Demonstrate pride in your work and appearance.

SkillsUSA has chapters in all 50 states and two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It has over 360,000 members in more than 19,000 chapters.

There are chapters in all 50 states and two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). Annual membership fees are set locally by the chapter but average $5 per year for high school students and $15 per year for college students.

Community Service SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is an organization that promotes students in career and technical education fields. The SkillsUSA competitions are a great way to learn job interview skills, as well as a chance to demonstrate your skills to potential employers!

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