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Contest Updates

Contest Updates are used for three different things:

1) Provide alterations and/or deviations from the state technical standards.

2) Provide additional important information about contests.

3) Provide reminders and/or emphasize information listed elsewhere.

Reminder: All contestants will turn in a digital copy of their 1-page resume for scoring purposes. If a contest does not require a resume, requires an additional (hard-copy) of a resume, or requires a more in depth resume / portfolio, it will be listed in the update for that contest.

Reminder: All contestants will be responsible for taking the Professional Development Test during the provided testing window of March 2-10, 2023 using the testing guidelines provided on the Testing, Resumes, & Forms page. If a contest does not require a contestant to take this test, it will be listed in the update for that contest. A study guide for this test is provided by nationals and is located on the Testing, Resumes, & Forms page. The test is written by nationals.

Reminder: All contestants will be responsible for taking the Contest Written Test during the provided testing window of March 2-10, 2023 using the testing guidelines provided on the Testing, Resumes, & Forms page. If a contest does not have a written test, it will be listed in the update for that contest. There is no study guide provided for contests unless provided in that contest updates. Otherwise, one should concentrate on the Standards & Competencies listed in the contest technical standards. All tests, with the exception of state only competitions, are written by the national technical chair and/or national committees.

Reminder: Proper competition clothing is required for all contests. This is a very strict policy for safety and professional reasons. The technical chair, judges, state board member, or selected member of an inspection team may deduct points for clothing violations and may disqualify contestants if it presents a safety hazard. Technical chairs and judges may allow changing of clothing after initial inspection if it is required for the contest.

If a contest has no updates, it will say "No updates at this time." Some contests will have no updates leading up to the conference, others will have many updates. It is the responsibility of the competitor and advisor to check this page frequently and be aware of any updates listed here and anywhere within the conference page or tabs leading from it. This page is updates as information comes in from the technical chair and committees or other sources. If you leave this page open, you may need to refresh it. As with all pages on our side, it is better viewed in desktop mode.

 

If you have any questions regarding contest updates, please reach out to the state director at jchapman@skillsusasc.org, to any contact listed on a contest update, or to one of our board members known to be involved in that contest.

Action Skills

This competition is only open to students that qualify under ADA. A proper letter, according to the technical standards, should be provided digitally by March 14, 2023 by email to jchapman@skillsusasc.org, or by turning in by the same means as the resume. This letter, if not turned in digitally by the date listed, must be provided as a hard-copy at or prior to contest orientation. Failure to comply may result in disqualification of the contestant.

  • There is NO contest written test for this competition.

  • Contestants do NOT take the Professional Development test for this competition.

  • A resume is still required to be turned in digitally for this competition.

  • Contestants, if requiring a model, must provide their own. This person must be registered as a model or contestant themselves, this cannot be their advisor. Models must abide by listed clothing requirements and must follow the rules listed in the Technical Standards.

  • This contest was previously open and is still open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. It is NOT career cluster or program specific.

Additive Manufacturing

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Advertising Design

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. However, there are limited spots available for each, based on space available at host site. Spots are provided on a first come, first serve basis. If closer to registration deadlines there is space available, then additional spots may be opened. If the contest is full when one goes to register, contact the state director at jchapman@skillsusasc.org to be placed on a wait list for this contest. 

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

American Spirit

No updates at this time.

  • There is NO contest written test for this competition.

  • This contest is open to all three categories of competitors: Middle School, High School, & College / Post-Secondary. It is not career cluster or program specific.

  • All contests, with the exception of Middle School contestants, are required to take the Professional Development Test.

  • Middle School contestants are exempt from all testing and resume requirements for this contest.

  • This contest requires a SkillsUSA notebook or scrapbook.

Architectural Drafting

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Audio/Radio Production

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair (MLR)

No updates at this time. Automotive Advisors may receive updates via email as well.

  • This contest is open to High School only.

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Automotive Refinishing Technology

No updates at this time. Automotive Advisors may receive updates via email as well.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. However, there are limited spots available, based on space available at host site. Spots are provided on a first come, first serve basis. If closer to registration deadlines there is space available, then additional spots may be opened. If the contest is full when one goes to register, contact the state director at jchapman@skillsusasc.org to be placed on a wait list for this contest. 

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Automotive Service Technology

No updates at this time. Automotive Advisors may receive updates via email as well.

  • This contest is open to College / Post-Secondary only.

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Baking and Pastry Arts

No updates at this time. Menu will be provided prior to contest.

  • This contest is open to both High School students only for this year. It will open to Post-Secondary students in 2024. However, there are limited spots available, based on space available at host site. Spots are provided on a first come, first serve basis. If closer to registration deadlines there is space available, then additional spots may be opened. If the contest is full when one goes to register, contact the state director at jchapman@skillsusasc.org to be placed on a wait list for this contest. 

  • The number of spots available was increased from 8 to 10 for 2023.

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Barbering

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Building Maintenance

This competition is only open to students that qualify under ADA. A proper letter, according to the technical standards, should be provided digitally by March 14, 2023 by email to jchapman@skillsusasc.org, or by turning in by the same means as the resume. This letter, if not turned in digitally by the date listed, must be provided as a hard-copy at or prior to contest orientation. Failure to comply may result in disqualification of the contestant.

  • There is NO contest written test for this competition.

  • Contestants do NOT take the Professional Development test for this competition.

  • A resume is still required to be turned in digitally for this competition.

  • This contest was previously open and is still open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. It is NOT career cluster or program specific.

Career Pathways Showcase

There are 6 categories to enter within the Career Pathways Showcase. The Technical Standards provide a breakdown of each of the 6 categories so that competitors and advisors may find the category that fits their program(s). The top 3 from each category, in each division, will medal. The winner in each category, in each division, will advance to the National Leadership & Skills Conference. The Technical Standards for each category are the same.

  • There is NO contest written test for this competition.

  • Contestants MUST still complete the Professional Development Test.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Carpentry

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Chapter Business Procedure

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Chapter Display
Chapter Display

All displays should be set up in the contest area at a specific time. A space may be made available for early deliveries. Advisors wishing to deliver early should coordinate with the state director. Contestants should be prepared to remove any display at designated times (to be announced). Any failure to do so may result in the display being thrown away / destroyed.

Displays, per the contest Technical Standards should relate to the National Theme located HERE. This is different from the state theme.

  • There is NO contest written test for this competition.

  • Contestants MUST still complete the Professional Development Test.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

CNC 2-Axis Turning Programmer

This contest will occur at the Greenville Convention Center. Haas Simulators will not be used for the state nor the national competitions. The contests will be administered via laptop or desktop computer. Laptops and/or desktop computers will MUST be provided by the competitor at the state level. At the national level, a laptop will be provided. Drop cords will be provided, but contestants may also bring their own.

  • CAM software will be used for this contest. Mastercam and Autodesk software will be provided, free of charge, and must be downloaded prior to the day of the contest. If contestants prefer another type of software, they may use it, but they must provide it themselves.

  • Competitors will be provided a print and a solid model.

  • Phillips Commercial will provide prizes and lunch for CNC contestants.

 

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

CNC 3-Axis Milling Programmer

This contest will occur at the Greenville Convention Center. Haas Simulators will not be used for the state nor the national competitions. The contests will be administered via laptop or desktop computer. Laptops and/or desktop computers will MUST be provided by the competitor at the state level. At the national level, a laptop will be provided. Drop cords will be provided, but contestants may also bring their own.

  • CAM software will be used for this contest. Mastercam and Autodesk software will be provided, free of charge, and must be downloaded prior to the day of the contest. If contestants prefer another type of software, they may use it, but they must provide it themselves.

  • Competitors will be provided a print and a solid model.

  • Phillips Commercial will provide prizes and lunch for CNC contestants.

 

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

CNC 5-Axis Milling Programmer

This contest will occur at the Greenville Convention Center. Haas Simulators will not be used for the state nor the national competitions. The contests will be administered via laptop or desktop computer. Laptops and/or desktop computers will MUST be provided by the competitor at the state level. At the national level, a laptop will be provided. Drop cords will be provided, but contestants may also bring their own.

  • CAM software will be used for this contest. Mastercam and Autodesk software will be provided, free of charge, and must be downloaded prior to the day of the contest. If contestants prefer another type of software, they may use it, but they must provide it themselves.

  • Competitors will be provided a print and a solid model.

  • Phillips Commercial will provide prizes and lunch for CNC contestants.

 

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

CNC Programmer

This contest will occur at the Greenville Convention Center. Haas Simulators will not be used for the state nor the national competitions. The contests will be administered via laptop or desktop computer. Laptops and/or desktop computers will MUST be provided by the competitor at the state level. At the national level, a laptop will be provided. Drop cords will be provided, but contestants may also bring their own.

  • CAM software will be used for this contest. Mastercam and Autodesk software will be provided, free of charge, and must be downloaded prior to the day of the contest. If contestants prefer another type of software, they may use it, but they must provide it themselves.

  • Competitors will be provided a print and a solid model.

  • Phillips Commercial will provide prizes and lunch for CNC contestants.

 

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Collision Damage Appraisal

No updates at this time. Automotive Advisors may receive updates via email as well.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. 

  • The contest location is still being decided, but may be at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Collision Repair Technology

No updates at this time. Automotive Advisors may receive updates via email as well.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Commercial Roofing

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. However, there are limited spots available, based on space available at host site. Spots are provided on a first come, first serve basis. If closer to registration deadlines there is space available, then additional spots may be opened. If the contest is full when one goes to register, contact the state director at jchapman@skillsusasc.org to be placed on a wait list for this contest.  

Commercial sUAS Drone

No updates at this time.

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  • This contest is open to all three categories of competitors: Middle School, High School, & College / Post-Secondary. It is not career cluster or program specific.

  • All contests, with the exception of Middle School contestants, are required to take the Contest Test and the Professional Development Test.

  • Middle School contestants are exempt from all testing and resume requirements for this contest.

Community Action Project

This competition is only open to students that qualify under ADA. A proper letter, according to the technical standards, should be provided digitally by March 14, 2023 by email to jchapman@skillsusasc.org, or by turning in by the same means as the resume. This letter, if not turned in digitally by the date listed, must be provided as a hard-copy at or prior to contest orientation. Failure to comply may result in disqualification of the contestant.

  • There is NO contest written test for this competition.

  • Contestants do NOT take the Professional Development test for this competition.

  • A resume is still required to be turned in digitally for this competition.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. It is NOT career cluster or program specific.

  • This contest requires a SkillsUSA Notebook.

Community Service

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to High School and College/Post-Secondary students.

  • There is NO contest written test for this competition.

  • Contestants will MUST complete the Professional Development Test for this competition.

Computer Programming

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Cosmetology

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Crime Scene Investigation

If a school has more teams competing than CSI Kits/Boxes, they may share a box and have additional materials within the contest area to restock in between scenes, however, technical chairs, judges, or designees may inspect kits prior to use to maintain integrity. Any exchange of kits between teams must be observed by the technical chair, judge, or designee. Any actions that are or may be interpreted as lacking integrity may result in penalty up to disqualification. If a school is utilizing less kits/boxes than teams registered, please notify the state director so that the technical chair may be made aware in advance.

  • All teammates must take the Contest Test and Professional Development Test.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Criminal Justice

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Criminal Justice Quiz Bowl

Teams may be made up of 3 to 5 contestants. 3 of these contestants must only be registered for this competition. 2 additional contestants may be competing in a separate contest, however, they may only assist in this contest if they are complete with their other contest. All contestants must be enrolled in a program with a career focus on the criminal justice career field. If an advisor has 2 students competing in a separate contest but are being used for this contest as well, they must provide the names of the students to the state director prior to March 14, 2023.

  • This contest is open to both Middle School and High School students.

  • This is a State Only contest.

  • There is no Contest Test for this competition.

  • High School students must complete the Professional Development Test and turn in resumes.

  • Middle School students are exempt from all testing and resume requirements.

Culinary Arts

No updates at this time. Menu will be provided prior to contest.

  • This contest is open to both High School students only for this year. It will open to Post-Secondary students in 2024. However, there are limited spots available, based on space available at host site. Spots are provided on a first come, first serve basis. If closer to registration deadlines there is space available, then additional spots may be opened. If the contest is full when one goes to register, contact the state director at jchapman@skillsusasc.org to be placed on a wait list for this contest. 

  • The number of spots available was increased from 8 to 10 for 2023.

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Customer Service

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Cyber Security

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. 

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Diesel Equipment Technology

No updates at this time. Automotive Advisors may receive updates via email as well.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. 

  • The contest location is still being decided, but may be at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Digital Cinema Production

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. 

Early Childhood Education

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. 

Electrical Construction Wiring

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. 

Emergency Medical Technician

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. 

Employment Application Process

This competition is only open to students that qualify under ADA. A proper letter, according to the technical standards, should be provided digitally by March 14, 2023 by email to jchapman@skillsusasc.org, or by turning in by the same means as the resume. This letter, if not turned in digitally by the date listed, must be provided as a hard-copy at or prior to contest orientation. Failure to comply may result in disqualification of the contestant.

  • There is NO contest written test for this competition.

  • Contestants do NOT take the Professional Development test for this competition.

  • A resume is still required to be turned in digitally for this competition.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

Engineering Technology Design

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

  • There is no Contest Test for this competition.

  • Contestants will still be required to complete the Professional Development Test.

  • A notebook is required for this contest.

Entrepreneurship

While not required, it is encouraged that the team's notebook be a SkillsUSA notebook for this contest. The digital copy of the business plan will be provided by a means designated closer to the conference, along with a date provided.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

  • There is no Contest Test for this competition, however all competitors must complete the Professional Development Test.

Esthetics

The Esthetics theme for 2023 is "Fairy Tale".

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students.

  • Contestants must provide a registered student model for this competition. Models must follow proper clothing requirements outlined on the Conference webpage.

Extemporaneous Speaking

The reference materials used in this competition can be found in the SkillsUSA Educational store which include the SkillsUSA Member Handbook and SkillsUSA Framework Fundamentals Cards. No outside materials may be brought in to the contest area by contestants.

  • This contest is open to all three categories of competitors: Middle School, High School, and College / Post-Secondary.

  • There is NO contest test.

  • All contestants, with the exception of Middle School contestants, are required to complete the Professional Development Test.

  • Middle School contestants are exempt from all testing and resume requirements.

Facilithon: Leadership in Facility Management

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary Students.

Firefighting

No updates at this time. 

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. 

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Greenville, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

First Aid / CPR

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary Students.

Graphic Imaging - Sublimation

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary students. However, there are limited spots available, based on space available at host site. Spots are provided on a first come, first serve basis. If closer to registration deadlines there is space available, then additional spots may be opened. If the contest is full when one goes to register, contact the state director at jchapman@skillsusasc.org to be placed on a wait list for this contest. 

  • This contest is at an off-site location in Columbia, SC. See the "Location, Dates, & Times" tab for information. 

Hair Braiding - Fantasy

The theme for 2023 is "Fairy Tale". Competitors should base their work on the theme and be able to articulate to the judges how it ties in to the theme.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary Students.

  • This is a State Only competition.

Hair Braiding - Natural

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary Students.

  • This is a State Only competition.

Health Occupations Professional Portfolio

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary Students.

  • There is NO Contest Test for this competition. Competitors are still required to take the Professional Development Test.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)

No updates at this time.

  • This contest is open to both High School and College / Post-Secondary Students.