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Tennessee State Leadership and Skills Conference

April 19-22, 2020- Cancelled due to COVID-19
Chattanooga Convention Center

Hotel Reservations OPEN March 9-14, 2020

Monday, March 9th at 9am (EST) 8am (CST) log into the following link to reserve your hotels for state conference. You will need a credit card to reserve, but can send a check for payment along with your tax exempt form.

Click on this link to find out which hotels are included in the block, and their rates


Link to Contest Coordinator information sheet!


Link to State Winner Pictures!


Link to find out your Score Results (Enter your birth date and contestant #),


SkillsUSA Tennessee SLDC will be held April 19-22, 2020 at the Chattanooga Convention Center Two Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37402

The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

Access to the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, which contain official contest rules, is available to members. View the national and state contest descriptions for overviews of all contests. Contestants should check the national contest updates page for the latest updates. Any variations to national technical standards required at our regional and state conferences due to time or limited resources will be posted to state or regional contest updates pages.

All state contests will follow the SkillsUSA Championship Technical Standards as much as possible. Contestants should check the National Contest Updates page often for the latest information. Any variations to national technical standards and/or national contest updates at the State Leadership and Skills Conference due to time or limited resources will be posted below.


  • Please note you must have completed copies of the  CTSO Release Form for each attendee with you at the conference in case of an emergency.
  • Contestants should bring power strip and 5′ extension cord for contests where you bring your own equipment that will need power. For example display contests, and ones where a laptop, desktop, or other electrical device is supplied by the contestant.

State Contest Exams
The SkillsUSA Tennessee State Association will not be hosting or requiring any exams to be given prior to the state conference. Currently the contests that will have a written exam for 2019 are Related Technical Math, Medical Math, Medical Terminology, and Quiz Bowl. The Quiz Bowl exam will be given on Monday afternoon April 1 as part of the contest orientation session. 
Additionally, SkillsUSA Tennessee will provide our gold medalists with either a copy of our old exam to study and/or voucher for the SkillConnect exam related to their contest to assist with preparing for national competition. We are confident this will provide our contestants with the opportunity to prepare for the written exam portion at nationals that may not be included at state level due to our time constraints.

The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2020 year is: SkillsUSA: Champions at Work I'm Ready
The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is how our theme addresses the SkillsUSA national program of work in the area of professional development.

SkillsUSA Tennessee Postsecondary State Competition Sectors

Each of the 102 competitions at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee falls under one of 11 categories known as “sectors.”

The technical standards include the competition rules including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, and equipment lists.

Only properly registered participants may enter SkillsUSA Championships contests. Contestants must have joined SkillsUSA by March 1.

College/postsecondary contestants are students enrolled in a coherent series of courses or a career major that prepares them for further education and/or employment related to technology, the health industry, trades or industry. College/postsecondary contestants must be earning credit toward a postsecondary degree/certificate during the school year immediately preceding the National Leadership and Skills Conference.


All SkillsUSA Tennessee postsecondary students should strive to grow their leadership skills as they prepare for transition into their future careers. Participation in the following competitive events is open to ALL SkillsUSA Tennessee postsecondary students (Including TN Transfer Pathways, General Education, Career & Technical).
Competitive Events:

  1. Action Skills
  2. American Spirit
  3. Chapter Business Procedure
  4. Chapter Display
  5. Community Action Project
  6. Community Service
  7. Customer Service
  8. Employment Application Process
  9. Entrepreneurship
  10. Extemporaneous Speaking
  11. Health Knowledge Bowl
  12. Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  13. Job Interview
  14. Job Skill Demonstration A
  15. Job Skill Demonstration Open
  16. Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  17. Occupational Health and Safety
  18. Outstanding Chapter
  19. Prepared Speech
  20. Principals of Technology
  21. Promotional Bulletin Board
  22. Quiz Bowl
  23. Career Pathways Showcase: Arts and Communications
  24. Career Pathways Showcase: Business Management Technology
  25. Career Pathways Showcase: Health Sciences
  26. Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services
  27. Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial Engineering Technology
  28. Career Pathways Showcase: Natural Resources and Agriculture
Arts and Communications

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.
Competitive Events:

  1. 3-D Visualization and Animation
  2. Advertising Design
  3. Audio/Radio Production
  4. Broadcast News Production
  5. Digital Cinema Production
  6. Graphic Communications
  7. Graphic Imaging Sublimation
  8. Photography
  9. Pin Design
  10. Screen Printing Technology
  11. T-Shirt Design
  12. Telecommunications Cabling
  13. Television (Video) Production
  14. Web Design

Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Competitive Events:

  1. Architectural Drafting
  2. Building Maintenance
  3. Cabinetmaking
  4. Carpentry
  5. Electrical Construction Wiring
  6. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
  7. Masonry
  8. Plumbing
  9. Sheet Metal
  10. TeamWorks
  11. Welding
  12. Welding Fabrication
  13. Welding Sculpture

Health Sciences

Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Competitive Events:

  1. Dental Assisting
  2. EMT
  3. First Aid/CPR
  4. Medical Assisting
  5. Medical Math
  6. Medical Terminology
  7. Nurse Assisting
  8. Practical Nursing
Hospitality and Tourism

The management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services.
Competitive Events:

  1. Commercial Baking
  2. Culinary Arts
  3. Restaurant Service

Human Services

Preparing individuals for employment in Career Pathways Showcase that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

Competitive Events:

  1. Barbering
  2. Cosmetology
  3. Esthetics
  4. Nail Care
  5. Early Childhood Education
Information Technology

Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Competitive Events:

  1. Computer Programming
  2. Cybersecurity
  3. Information Technology Services
  4. Internetworking
  5. Technical Computer Applications

Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Competitive Events:

  1. Additive Manufacturing
  2. Automated Manufacturing Technology
  3. CNC Milling Technology
  4. CNC Technician
  5. CNC Turning Technology
  6. Humanoid Robotics (demo)
  7. Industrial Motor Control
  8. Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
  9. Mechatronics
  10. Mobile Robotics Technology
  11. Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance (Internet of Things)
  12. Robotics and Automation Technology
  13. Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue
  14. Technical Drafting

Public Safety

Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Competitive Events:

  1. Crime Scene Investigation
  2. Criminal Justice
  3. Firefighting
  4. Mock Trial (State Only Event)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Competitive Events:

  1. Electronics Technology
  2. Engineering Technology / Design
  3. Mobile Electronics Installation
  4. Related Technical Math


Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Competitive Events:

  1. Automotive Refinishing Technology
  2. Automotive Service Technology
  3. Aviation Maintenance Technology
  4. Collision Damage Appraisal (Demo)
  5. Collision Repair Technology
  6. Diesel Equipment Technology
  7. Marine Service Technology
  8. Motorcycle Service Technology
  9. MLR (Maintenance Light Repair) (HS Only)
  10. Power Equipment Technology


State Leadership Skills Conference Future Dates:

  • April 18-21, 2021
  • April 10-13, 2022
  • April 16-19, 2023
  • April 14-17, 2024
  • April 13-16 2025