Competition Information & Prep


District Leadership Conference

The first leg of competition starts at home! Connect with your District Advisor for dates, information and more.

VA State Fair

 September 29, 2021 

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Ticket Purchase - Click Here to purchase tickets for Wednesday Sept. 29 


State Leadership Conference

A weekend of leadership

academies and competition to determine who will move on to International Competition.


International Career
Development Conference

The culmination of an exciting year. Will you be a lucky member of the Virginia Delegation?

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VA Only Series

High-School freshmen are given special access to three Virginia-exclusive events through DLC & SLC.
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All of the information below is also featured in greater detail through the  Competitive Events section of the DECA Inc. website.

Principles of Business Administration Events

Specifically designed for first-year DECA members, DECA’s Principles of Business Administration Events measure the student’s current knowledge and skills across marketing, finance, hospitality, and business management and administration. 

Individual Series

These solo events give students the opportunity to show proficiency through one of the career clusters. Members must take an exam pertaining to their cluster as well as participate in 1-2 Role Play scenarios.

Team Decision Making

Work as a duo through DECA’s Team Decision Making Events! Participants will analyze different business situations and be tasked to prepare and present their solution as a case study.

Written & Prepared Events

  • DECA’s Business Operations Research Events provide opportunities for participants to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed by management personnel. Students conduct actual research studies in their communities.

  • DECA’s Project Management Events require participants to use project management skills to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control and close a project.

  • DECA’s Entrepreneurship Events provide opportunities to explore entrepreneurial concepts from idea generation, business planning, to growing an existing business.

  • DECA’s Integrated Marketing Campaign Events provide opportunities for members to develop an integrated marketing campaign of no more than 45 days in length for a real event, product or service and present the campaign in a role-play situation.

  • DECA’s Professional Selling and Consulting Events provide an opportunity for participants to demonstrate skills needed for a career in sales and/or consulting. Participants will organize and deliver a sales presentation or consultation for one or more products/services/customers.

School-Based Enterprises

A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods/services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in marketing, finance, hospitality or management.

Event Types


Find Sample Scenarios, Exams & Role Plays

through DECA Inc. Competitive Events pages under each specific event

Performance Indicators

Performance Indicators are used to define the parameters of the comprehensive written career cluster exam and other activities that are part of
the overall competition. 

(see also Competitive Events pages)

Exam Blueprint exam make up - which topics are emphasized and where to start your classroom instruction. 

VA DECA Practice Tests 

ALL submitted VA DECA members have access to practice tests on line at no cost.

Submitted members will use their member number and password for access to tests. Advisors can find login details in the shared Google folder on the Advisor tab of this website. If you need assistance email Donna Dail at


Role Play Events

DLC Instructional Areas - released October 2020

Role Play Preparation:  Develop a red plan for competitors to prepare and practice

Preparing for Team Decision Making Events:    This plan will help your teams create a system to prepare for team events

Written & Prepared Events

Designing a Winning DECA Paper - use this formatting guide to create your best paper 

Integrated Marketing Campaign  Intro - Presentation to explain what Integrated Marketing Campaigns are

Integrated Marketing Campaign Event - Expand on the basic information to introduce components of the project

Integrated Marketing Campaign Resource Guide - Use this workbook style resource to teach content required in the IMC event.

Project Management Event- Use this Power Point to explain these new events to your students. 

Project Management Tools - These templates can help manage projects and help keep students on track