Preparing for Competition

DECA’s competitive events program directly supports our mission. As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. DECA's flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school.

National DECA Curriculum Standards
Performance Indicators for the Principles of Business Management & Administration
Performance Indicators for the Business Management & Administration Core Events
Performance Indicators for the Financial Services Event
Performance Indicators for the Hospitality Events

Performance Indicators for the Marketing Events

Fall Leadership Conference
Fargo Holiday Inn
October 13-14, 2019

Central Region Leadership Conference
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis
December 6-8, 2019

State Career Development Conference
Bismarck Ramkota Hotel
March 15-17, 2020

DECA EVENTS (Students may compete in One Career Cluster Event, One Prepared Event, and One Chapter Project.)

State DECA Conference Dress Code
Written Event Statement of Assurances

International Career Development Conference
April 28-May 3, 2020
Nashvillle, TN


For more information contact your state advisor at