There are many different events in DECA. There are learning events, competitive events and social events. These happen locally, regionally, at the state, national and international levels. 

Competitive Events

DECA allows members to participate in 10 different types of competitive events either as individuals or in small teams:                                                           

  • Principles of Business Administration
  • Team Decision Making
  • Individual Series
  • Personal Finance literacy
  • Business Operations Research
  • Chapter Team
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Representative
  • Professional Selling and Consulting
  • Online

Competitive events fall into six different career clusters:

Business Management and Administration

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making
Business Services Operations Research
Human Resources Management Series
Principles of Business Management and Administration


Business Growth Plan
Entrepreneurship Promotion Project
Entrepreneurship Series
Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
Franchise Business Plan
Independent Business Plan
Innovation Plan
International Business Plan
Start-up Business Plan


Advertising Campaign
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Series
Automotive Services Marketing Series
Business Services Marketing Series
Buying and Merchandising Operations Research
Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
Community Service Project
Creative Marketing Project
Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
Food Marketing Series
Learn and Earn Project
Marketing Communications Series
Marketing Management Team Decision Making
Principles of Marketing
Professional Selling
Public Relations Project
Retail Merchandising Series
Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations Research
Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series
Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making
Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan
Virtual Business Challenge Fashion
Virtual Business Challenge Retail
Virtual Business Challenge Sports


Accounting Applications Series
Business Finance Series
Finance Operations Research
Financial Consulting
Financial Services Team Decision Making
Principles of Finance
Stock Market Game
Virtual Business Challenge Accounting

Hospitality & Tourism

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research
Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling
Hotel and Lodging Management Series
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Quick Serve Restaurant Management Series
Restaurant and Food Service Management Series
Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making
Virtual Business Challenge Hotel Management
Virtual Business Challenge Restaurant

Personal Financial Literacy 

Financial Literacy Promotion Project
Personal Financial Literacy
Virtual Business Challenge Personal Finance 

For a detailed breakdown of competition events, descriptions and resources, visit 

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Competition hierarchy shows the progression of events for those who place:

  • Regional (in some areas "Area" or "District" Competition)
  • State Career Development Conference (SCDC) (or in Canada "Provincial Competition")
  • International Career Development Conference (ICDC)

Learning Events

While every competition is also a great learning experience, there are non-competitive events that focus entirely on learning.

Ahead this year

Here is a list of upcoming learning and competitive events:

October 11-13, 2018   Richland, WA
Business and Marketing Conference (BAM) 

October 28-30, 2018   Bellevue
Fall Leadership Conference 

November 15-17, 2018   Anaheim   
Western Region Leadership Conference (WRLC)   

November 16-18, 2018
Central Region Leadership Conference (CRLC)   Detroit
Innovations & Entrepreneurship Conference   Baltimore
Ultimate DECA Power Trip   Baltimore

November 28-December 1, 2018   NYC
New York Experience

January 17, 2019   Tacoma
Area 7 Conference 

February 6-10, 2019   Orlando
Sports & Entertainment Marketing Conference

April 26-May 1, 2019   Orlando
International Career Development Conference (ICDC)


Washington DECA Dress Code

While at a conference, at any time while on site, including hotels, you must be in business or casual attire.

Casual Attire

For travel to/from conferences and non-conference activities (shopping, sightseeing, meals):

males: slacks, knee length walking shorts, sport shirts,
DECA T-shirts/sweatshirts.
NOT acceptable: any denim or denim-colored garments, overalls, shorts other than walking shorts, sweat pants, sweat suits, lycra or spandex pants/shorts, headwear. Undergarments may not show outside of outer garments.

females: slacks, skirts no shorter than 3" above the knee, knee length walking shorts, blouses, sport shirts,
DECA T-shirts/sweatshirts.
NOT acceptable: any denim or denim-colored garments, overalls, shorts other than walking shorts, sweat pants, sweat suits, lycra or spandex pants/shorts/tops, spaghetti strapor halter top garments, headwear. Undergarments may not show outside of outer garments. Bare midriffs/backs and off-the-shoulder garments are not allowed. Camisoles and strappy tank tops are not allowed unless worn under a blazer or jacket.

Activity Attire

Activities such as swimming, sunbathing, jogging or tennis will warrant appropriate recreational attire for the activity. 

Professional Business Attire

For opening and closing sessions, event competition, scholarship interviews, state/national officer interviews, workshops or banquets:

males: dress slacks, dress shirts, dress shoes, dress socks, sweater, sport coat (Optional, DECA Blazer required for ICDC), ties are recommended. Dress suites or DECA Blazers are appropriate. Shirts must be tucked in. Pants must be belted.

females: professional dresses, dress slacks, skirts no shorter than 3" above the knee, blazers, button-up blouses or collared shirts, coordinated shirts/blouses, city shorts, dress shoes, nylons are not required but strongly encouraged with all professional dress. Dress suits or DECA blazers are appropriate.

Formal Attire

For awards sessions or banquets:

males: slacks, dress shirts, ties and sport coats or suits, dress shoes and dress socks.

females: dresses with nylons and dress shoes.

Competition Attire

State Conference: Professional business dress (see above)

National/International Conference: Competitors must wear an official DECA blazer during interaction with the judges.
For briefing and testing the DECA blazer is not required, but professional business dress is. Professional business dress should be worn to all conference sessions, including workshops and special meal functions. Formal attire is optional for the final session.


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