The SkillsUSA Championships brings together industry and labor representatives, educators, and the public to watch students compete in leadership and hands-on skill events for a full day. The SkillsUSA Championships begin at the local level with contests in classrooms nationwide. Winners advance through district and state competition, and the best of the best make it to the national event. Students benefit no matter how they place in their contests. They test their skills, frequently make job contacts, and have a chance for recognition. District, state, and national winners receive gold, silver, and bronze medallions, scholarships, tools, and other awards. The national SkillsUSA Championships event occupies floor space equivalent to 16 football fields of space, with nearly 1,500 judges and with 6,000 competitors in 100 different events. Business and Industry contribute more than $36 million in equipment, supplies, and personnel to support the SkillsUSA Championships, which is considered the largest single-day commitment of corporate volunteerism in America. Every other year, a select few are chosen to compete on an international level in the WorldSkills Competition and yes, Texas has had international competitors.

The official regulations for the national events are published in the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards free to download to anyone with a Professional membership. National contest descriptions are on the national web page, Texas Regulations, free to download from the state website,, includes the guidelines Texas Only competitions.

SkillsUSA Texas offers competitions in the following categories:

To look up scores from previous competitions click here. You will need the contestant’s number and birthdate to access the scorecard for that student.

The National Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality career and technical education (CTE) programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career. The current SkillsUSA Championships national career competitions are listed under each Cluster heading.In addition to the 16 Career Clusters established for CTE training programs, SkillsUSA has established an additional Leadership Competition Cluster where related skills are demonstrated in a competitive setting. These 24 leadership competitions are open solely to SkillsUSA members, regardless of their training program area. Therefore, these leadership competitions are not listed in any of the national Career Cluster frameworks associated with a comprehensive program area of study.

For a by-cluster National Contest List click HERE.

There will be additional competition options found in the Texas Regulations for contests that are eligible at district and state only.

2024 Contest Season Updates

A comprehensive Contest List By Cluster for Texas in 2024 can be found HERE updated 11/10/23

Be sure to check for National updates to contests here:

National 2024 PD Test Study Guide

SkillsUSA Championships Clothing Classifications, 2023-24

The topic to be addressed by contestants in the 2024 SkillsUSA Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is our theme, “SkillsUSA: No Limits.”

Demo Contests for TX Only this year: ESports, Natural Hair Weave and Design, Police Application, Promotional Poster Middle School, Tactical Response Team, Wedding Cake Design, Landscape Horticulture Job Exhibit. See Texas Regs for more information.

Snap On Auto Tool ID Practice Test: HERE

Esthetics Fantasy Theme for 2024: Doll Face

Barbering Theme for 2024: for the creative freestyle design is Ocean/Marine. The new contest Hair Weaving does NOT have a theme.

Commercial Baking Job Exhibits, 3D Nail Art and Nail Art Competitions (not job exhibits) will be using the theme “SUPER HEROES” for 2024.  New Wedding Cake Design contest does not have a theme.

Order the Book from Amazon or from Pitsco required for 2024 Drone Competition before the district contest. Each Team must supply a clean copy with no notes or added pages. A clean copy will be required if the team advances to state as well.

New Texas State Pin and T-Shirt Contests. Check the Technical Standards in the Texas Regulations under Texas Only Contests. Free to enter. Deadline to enter is Jan 2nd. Open to HS and MS, any CTE program for a joined member. All judging and interviews will happen online.

New District Portal: Contestants will receive an email to log into a portal after district registration closes. In this portal, they will upload their resume, take their PD test, and upload a JE photo if they have entered a notebook for a contest. PD test must be proctored by an adult but can be done in any location.
New Job Exhibit Photo Upload: Any project notebook registered in the district contest should upload the final project photo (per the requirement in the notebook regulation). One 4×6 photo per job exhibit. The file should be a jpg image, smaller than 800kb. Label the image as: last name, first name, JE category entered and district #. last_first_JE CATEGORY_D1.jpg