Contest Updates

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards 2015-2016

To ensure you and your students are prepared for the 2015 competitions, be sure you have the latest edition. You may order online by going to or you may call toll-free and place your order. The telephone number is 1-800-321-8422.

General Notes

Contest Scorecards

The official SkillsUSA Championships scorecards are no longer part of the book and electronic copies of the Technical Standards manual.

They are available here as a download

Computer Rental

There has been a change for those of you who are renting computers. Please see the new link below. Any of the orders already placed have been transferred. Computers can be rented from Smart City:

Résumé Requirement

All competitors must create a one-page hard copy résumé and submit this to the technical committee chair at the contest orientation. Failure to do so will result in a 10 point penalty. Competitors can bring a résumé to the contest on the day of competition however, the penalty will remain in effect.


Action Skills 4/24/15
Please note the following changes in regards to the Action Skills Contest:

  1. All contestants are to wear the Official SkillsUSA clothing requirement of the occupational area they represent for their presentation. (CLARIFICATION: Contestants are to wear Official SkillsUSA Dress OR the Official SkillsUSA clothing requirement of the occupational area they represent for their presentation).

  2. The contestants must present within the designated  8’x 12’ area

  3. The contestants will not address the judges verbally or with handouts. (CLARIFICATION: Contestants will not address the judges verbally DURING SET UP OR BREAK DOWN, and will only verbally address the judges during the presentation. Contestants are not permitted to use handouts of any kind)

Chapter Display 11/3/14

Please note the following corrections to contest guidelines for Chapter Display.

Community Service 4/27/15
To help you better prepare for this year’s contest please review the following  information.

Occupational Health and Safety  10/17/14

The health and safety survey which is mentioned in the Technical Standards was inadvertently omitted. The attached survey form may be used, or a customized survey prepared to fit a chapter’s specific needs may be used. If a customized survey is used, it must be of industry quality. The survey may be one currently used by a local industry.

Promotional Bulletin Board 5/2/15
Technical Standard Item #2C applies to boards incorporating the SkillsUSA logo in the design. IF you use the logo, follow the guidelines. Use of the logo is NOT a requirement. You may still spell out “SkillsUSA” in a different font if you prefer.

In 2016, we will update the standards for 2017-2018.

Quiz Bowl 11/3/14
In the Technical Standards under Contest Guidelines there was an error on Section 26 for Current Events. The following document clarifies the issue.

T-shirt Design (State) 12/29/14
In the contest guidelines for use of the SkillsUSA Emblem or SkillsUSA logo please note change:

Contest Guidelines

  1. All entries must be rendered in color (full color or up to four color).
  2. Preferably, entries will be created in a design software package such as Illustrator, Photoshop or Freehand. Entries may also be hand-drawn, painted or rendered in colored pencils or markers.
  3. Artwork submission is 8″x11″. The artwork should be a comprehensive design that is essentially “camera ready.” There is no opportunity to “tweak” the design after it has been submitted at the contest orientation meeting.
  4. The SkillsUSA emblem or SkillsUSA logo (or elements of either) can appear on the design.

Middle School

Team Engineering Challenge
This contest is designed to evaluate and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the areas of creative and critical thinking skills and the decision making process, to solve a problem. The contest is intended to foster creativity, innovation, team work, and problem solving skills.

Occupationally Related

Career Pathways Showcase  4/27/15
The additional information in regards to clothing is in the attachment below:
There is a slight change in the reference to Costumes.   Please see note:
Note: Contestants must wear their official contest clothing to the contest orientation meeting. Teams will be judged in official attire at the contestant briefing. Teams may apply to the technical committee for permission to have one or more team members present in “costume.” Permission requests must be written, must include a photo of the costume and must clearly state the reason for the request. The costume must be appropriate to the project and display: historical dress of the trade, special safety attire, employer’s uniforms, etc.


Entrepreneurship 4/28/15
Please note the following in regards to the business plan submission

Business plans presented at the NLSC must be in a hard three-ring binder.

You must submit an electronic copy* submitted prior to the NLSC.  They should be sent to

Deadline is June 1st

Health Knowledge Bowl 3/9/15
In the Health Knowledge Bowl  Standards competition, the questions for the competition should come from the National Healthcare Core Skills Standards. The link in the standards is incorrect please use the following link instead:

Skilled & Technical

Automated Manufacturing Technology  5/1/2015
Please note the procedure and requirements for teams competing in AMT. It is the machine that will be used in the competition. You will also be given the link and access to the software programs needed in the document below.

Tuesday 6/23: All teams come fully dressed in SkillsUSA approved uniform with safety gear. Clothing inspection for contestant’s will take place.

Contestants need to bring two (2) computers to compete in the virtual part of the competition.

Automotive Refinishing Technology 5/2/15
Please note there were a few MSDS Sheets not posted originally, so this is a complete new set.

The technical data sheets and information for this year’s Automotive Refinishing can be found in the attached documents. Please note the following:

The Featheredge, Prime, and Block segment will be sponsored by Akzo Nobel.

Please note: For the Primer Surfacer from AkzoNobel we will be using Autosurfacer Rapid and the contestants will not be using Autosurfacer Flex, Primer PO nor Plastoflex Primer for flexible parts during the competition.

The Spot Refinish segment will be sponsored by PPG.

Automotive Service Technology 4/14/15
Below are the 2015 NLSC Stations for both High School and Postsecondary:

CNC Milling/CNC-Turning/CNC Technician 2/5/15
With the changes that have occurred with the above mentioned contests the following link may help clarify concerns:

Please check back as we will be posting additional information in regards to CNC Technician

CNC Technician (formally Precision Machining Technology) 2/11/15
The document attached is to help everyone better prepare and understand the changes with the CNC Technician Contest (Formally PMT):

Commercial Baking 3/13/15
Please find the Commercial Baking Formulas for this year’s NLSC below:

Cosmetology 5/2/15
Please note the following link will bring everyone up-to-date  in regards to the Cosmetology Contest:

Crime Scene Investigation 3/9/15
To help better prepare for the CSI Contest the following guidelines will help everyone.

Culinary Arts 5/11/15
Attached are the High School and College/Postsecondary Menus for this year’s NLSC. This includes the Mystery Basket for College/Postsecondary.

Electrical Construction Wiring 2/9/15
The written test as well as the hands-on will be based on the 2011 NEC. The reason is that over 80% of the nation has not adopted the 2014 NEC.

The only NEC Book that will be allowed is the NEC Code Book not the Handbook

Esthetics 2/6/15
There were a few minor errors and omissions regarding a few of the guidelines for Esthetics The document below should clarify those concerns.

This year’s Theme for Fantasy Makeup  is Snow White.

Please check back regularly as additional updates will be posted.

Note: To view some of these documents, you’ll need Adobe Reader software. If you don’t have it, click on the link below, and you’ll be given instructions on how to download this free program. Once the reader is installed, you will be able to view and print the selections of your choice.

Graphic Communications 4/27/15
Please review the following information in regards to some changes to the work stations and guidelines.

Electronic publishing and Digital Workflow will be merged into one contest for 2015 for a 2 hour block.  The new name will be Digital Workflow where the contestants will preflight the magazine cover that they have recreated and then output their file on a Digital Press to complete a final product.

Internetworking 5/18/15
The Internetworking Committee is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for national SkillsUSA contestants in the Internetworking competition.  Through a partnership with NDG, Cisco Systems and Stanly Community College a practice site for the server portion of the contest has been established and is now available. 

The site is currently up and running and available for contestants at  The login name for contestants is the two letter state code in all capitals with a password of P@ssw0rd.  For example, contestants from North Carolina would use the login name NC with a password of P@ssw0rd.  As of this letter, only a single login per state is available.  

To see an example of login to the, you can view a video of the process here:

Please note that the passwords for the virtual machines inside the pods is:  P@ssw0rd.  If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Caudle at

Mobile Robotics 12/8/14
Please find the attached Guidelines for the 2015 Conference. This should assist all competitors  with requirements and needs to compete.

Nail Care 5/11/15
Below, please find the 2015 Nail Care Instructions and Guidelines.

Please note the following:

Tips: Any nail tips can be used in the light-cured gel portion of the contest.  Half-well and ¼ well are allowable items.

Outlets: 1 outlet per contestant is available.  If using a table lamp during the light-cured gel portion of the contest, please bring a power strip to plug in both lights.

Restaurant Service 2/3/15
The following service will be tested at this year’s Restaurant Service Competition:

Table side will be omelets 2 egg, minimum 2 ingredients one has to be cheese
Also  Proper Wine presentation

Table side will be omelets 2 egg, minimum 2 ingredients one has to be cheese
Also 5 Napkin folds 

Robotics and Automation 5/25/15
All teams will be required to supply a laptop computer to run the ER-4 robot.

You must open the memo and use the URL to download the required software and the activation key. This software will also include simulation to allow teams to practice and should be loaded prior to arrival in Louisville.

Also included will be a final list of required items that each team must supply and a final tool list.

Please use the link below to download the virtual control software for the ER4U robot. During the install, select “Robocell for the ER4U”.

Contact Jeff Stone for a license key at

In the email state that you need a license for Robocell for the 2015 National Skills Competition.

Contestant will need to supply their own computer/laptop for this contest with the minimum requirements:

  • Pentium 4, 1 GHz processor or higher with CD-ROM drive
  • 1 GB RAM (or more)
  • 100 MB available on the hard disk
  • Operating system: Windows XP
  • Super VGA or better graphics display, minimum 256 colors
  • Mouse
  • USB port

Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue 11/11/14
The guidelines for the 2015 Robotics –Search & Rescue Competition can be found in the attached document.

Technical Computer Applications 2/12/15
The list below is the minimum requirements needed:

  • Laptop or Desktop manufactured within the last 2 years
  • Intel or AMD x86-based Processor (no ARM)
  • Wired NIC card or adaptor (wireless will be provided to best ability, but wired is the only officially supported connection)
  • Windows Vista or newer (not Windows RT), Mac OS X 10.7+, Linux running Kernel 3.2+
  • 60 GB free disk space
  • 2 GB of RAM (4 GB preferred)

Administrator/root access required

The system should have all updates installed, and the only software that needs to be installed prior to the competition is the latest version of Chrome or Firefox.

Television Production 3/9/15
The following document has corrections as to what equipment contestants need to bring as well as copyrighted music information.

Welding Fabrication 3/30/15
There was a slight change in the building plans please use the following Welding Fabrication project:

Demonstration Contests

Additive Manufacturing  5/2/15
Please take note of the procedures for this contest as there is a time deadline to have material submitted.

Please take note of the contest guidelines listed. There is a requirement  to download your project prior to attending the NLSC Look at Materials List supplied by Contestants.