SkillsUSA National Conference Information


Updated for 2018!

Congratulations on your student’s achievement during the State Leadership and Skills Conference! Your student is invited to compete at the 54th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), Monday June 25 – Saturday, June 29, 2018 in Louisville,Kentucky.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SkillsUSA MinnesotaState Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (763) 560-1932. We look forward to enjoying the National Leadership and Skills Conference with you and your student(s)!

Student Transportation:

All Minnesota students attending NLSC are require to take the bus provided by the state organization; the cost is included in their conference registration fees.

A limited number of seats are available to advisors who are willing to take head counts on the state bus and other chaperone duties. There is no cost to the advisors who are selected to chaperone on the bus.

Please Contact the State SkillsUSA Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in being a bus chaperone.


State transportation will leave Minnesota very early morning on Monday, June 25th and will arrive in Louisville, KY on Monday evening.


The bus will leave Louisville late Friday evening, June 28th and arrive back in Minnesota late on Saturday afternoon. Depending on attendee location, we may schedule several pick-ups across the state. Routes will not be determined until the end of May.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the bus transportation, please contact your Board Co-Chairs for SkillsUSA Minnesota at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Mr. Mark Lindemann) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Ms. Caitlin Cahill)


Each conference participant (contestant, advisor, voting delegate, state officer, observer, parent or child) must complete the MN-NLSC Registration Form.  This information must be completed and submitted to the State Office no later than April 27th.

At least one advisor from each school must accompany the student(s) to Louisville.

Please duplicate and complete the form titled MN-NLSC for each person attending from your school. Send registration materials to the State Director electronically at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please remind students that they should use a permanent address where they may be reached for the next three months for this form.

IMPORTANT:    All forms must include a date of birth, including students, advisors, NET members, and observers. If no date of birth is included on the registration form, it will not be processed.


All registration fees include your conference registration, SkillsUSA-sponsored entertainment, SkillsUSA University, the Minnesota t-shirt and trading pins, and the state celebration rally after the awards ceremony. Student registration also includes transportation to the conference.

National Education Team Members (NET) do not have to pay a conference registration fee, but must complete the MN-NLSC Registration Form. NET members who want to attend the awards rally, and receive a t-shirt and MN Trading Pins will need to pay a $100.00 expense fee.

  • Student Registration - $500
  • Advisor Registration - $250
  • NET Member - $100 (if receiving Minnesota t-shirt and pins, and attending awards rally)

Checks should be made payable to SkillsUSA Minnesota and received by June 1st. Send checks to:
SkillsUSA Minnesota
P.O. Box 29286
Minneapolis, MN 55429

The State Office must receive your school’s payment in full for the NLSC Conference Registration prior to June 1st, 2018


The official hotel for SkillsUSA Minnesota for 2018 is the Holiday Inn Express Louisville Airport Expo Center, as assigned by the National SkillsUSA office. All members of the delegation are required to stay at this hotel for insurance purposes. Do not make hotel arrangements at any other facility.

First priority for rooms will be given to students, teachers/advisors and official chaperones. Should we have requests for more rooms than have been allotted to us, you will be notified if you are re-located to another SkillsUSA approved hotel.

Please note that SkillsUSA state office may need to merge students from various schools to make as many doubles, triples or quads as possible so we can all fit in our assigned conference hotel. Please use the appropriate price category when calculating your total costs. Preference for two double beds will be given to those rooms with 3 – 4 people in them. Individuals requesting a double room with just two people in the room cannot be guaranteed two double beds. Check in time at the hotel is 3:00 p.m.

The following tables outline the total cost per person for 5 nights (June 25 – June 29) in the official hotel.

Hotel Rates: 2018

Single: $137.07 / night $685.36 / five nights
Double: $137.07 / night $685.36 / five nights ($342.68/ person)
Triple: $137.07 / night $685.36 / five nights ($228.45/ person)
Quad: $137.07 / night $685.36 / five nights ($171.34/ person)

*Rate includes taxes

Hotel Reservation Process

This year all schools will be required to pay the hotel directly, however, reservations need to be made through the state office.

  1. Indicate on your hotel reservation request on your MN NLSC forms
  2. Reservations will be finalized on June 1st and schools will be sent an invoice
  3. Schools may pay one of two ways:
    1. Mail a check to the hotel with your invoice from SkillsUSA
    2. Pay upon arrival using a credit card or check

For more information about the hotel, visit their website at

Please contact the SkillsUSA Minnesota State Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (763) 560-1932 if you have any questions about hotel reservations.

SkillsUSA Championships

Championship Contest Updates

Please be sure to read the contest updates posted on the National web page at

Your student will not be prepared for the contest without this information.


Each student must submit a one-page printed resume before the contest starts at the contest site (present to contest coordinator, not judges). This is the only time that resumes can be turned in. Failure to do so will result in a 10 point penalty.

Technical Standards & Clothing Requirements

Review the new 2017-2018 SkillsUSA Technical Standards carefully to make sure your contestant understands the contest requirements and has the necessary skills, clothing, equipment, and supplies for a successful competition.

IMPORTANT:    Clothing requirements have changed. Check the technical standards and order the required clothing from NOW!

Advisors can access the technical standards using their professional membership at

Physically Handicapped NLSC Contestants

If you have registered a contestant who is physically handicapped and will require the assistance of another person at the competition (i.e. dyslexic requiring a reader, deaf requiring a signer) a special form needs to be completed.  Please contact me ASAP to assure proper paperwork is completed.

Please note SkillsUSA can provide sign language specialists, but not translators. Also, please specify medical needs, such as diabetes, food allergies, wheelchair etc.

Opening Ceremony

Tickets are not sold for the Opening Ceremony. All attendees must pay the conference registration fee if attending the Opening Ceremony, as a name badge will be required to be admitted.

Awards Ceremony Tickets

Family and friends who would like to attend the Awards ceremony must purchase an Awards Ceremony ticket.

Tickets cost $10 plus a service charge of $1.42 There is no charge for children age 10 and under. To purchase tickets, go to KEC Room E1 (East Wing, near North Wing Lobby). Times will be posted outside the door.

You can also purchase tickets at the door at Freedom Hall the night of the ceremony. Cost onsite is $15.

There are a limited number of passes available, so purchase them as soon as possible. There will also be parking fees at the entrance of the Kentucky Exposition Center.

NLSC Community Service Project

On Friday, June 29, SkillsUSA will host a community service project. The project will involve more than 400 volunteers at several projects throughout the Louisville area. Projects may be assigned by specific needs and skill sets required. Both students and advisors may participate.  Please indicate on the NLSC-MN Registration Form if you would like to participate in the community service project.

We ask that advisors not register students who serve as delegates or who have contest debriefings on Friday morning; a tentative list of Friday debriefings is below and the final list of will be posted on the conference management site.

3-D Visualization and Animation
Advertising Design
Architectural Drafting
Audio/Radio Production
Automated Manufacturing Technology
Automotive Service Technology
Broadcast News Production
Computer Maintenance Technology
Criminal Justice
Diesel Equipment Technology
Early Childhood Education
Electrical Construction Wiring
Graphic Communications
Industrial Motor Control
Motorcycle Service Technology
Power Equipment Technology
Robotics and Automation Technology
Technical Drafting
Television (Video) Production

State Orientation Meeting & Knowledge Test

All participants must attend the State Orientation Meeting on Monday night at 8:00 pm.

All participants will receive their National Conference registration items, including trading pins, conference program, name tags, t-shirts, etc. and last-minute changes.

All competitors will take the SkillsUSA Knowledge Test, which is used in the case of a tie. This is the only time the test will be given.

Dress Code

Registrants traveling as a group should remember that they are representing SkillsUSA and forming a public impression of the organization. When traveling, registrants are not required to wear official SkillsUSA attire, but they are encouraged to wear clothing with the SkillsUSA logo — for example, an embroidered polo shirt with khaki slacks.

At all times, whether traveling or during the conference, registrants’ overall appearance should be clean and neat. Their attire should be appropriate for the occasion. Contestants must follow the clothing requirements in the official technical standards for their contests. During formal events such as the opening and awards ceremonies, official SkillsUSA attire is required.

Opening and Awards Ceremonies Attire

As an organization, we must portray a professional image to the business, industry, education and government representatives attending the opening and awards sessions. Official SkillsUSA attire should be worn to the opening ceremony. The National Board of Directors has ruled that students who come on stage during the awards ceremony be dressed in official SkillsUSA attire or SkillsUSA Championships work clothing.

Students not wearing official SkillsUSA attire or Championships work clothing will not be allowed on stage. Other attire is not allowed, including jeans, shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, sneakers, boots and sandals. This rule will be enforced, and any awards earned will be presented backstage if the student is not dressed properly.

Official SkillsUSA Attire

Women: Red SkillsUSA blazer or black jacket, white blouse (collarless or small-collared), knee length black dress skirt or black dress slacks, black sheer (not opaque) or skin-tone seamless hose and black shoes

Men: Red SkillsUSA blazer or black jacket, white dress shirt, solid black tie, black dress slacks, plain black socks and black dress shoes.

Advisor to do list:

  • Ensure that your first place student is going to attend NLSC. If not, please notify SkillsUSA state office ASAP at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 763-560-1932 so that we can offer the opportunity to the 2nd place State Winner. If your student won more than one contest, please also notify the state office with the contest they will be competing in.
  • Locate other advisors/participants to share lodging with at the NLSC. This is a huge help to our delegation and can potentially save you money and keep anyone from our delegation from being bumped to another hotel.
  • Complete the conference registration form (MN-NLSC) for each attendee and submit to the state office by Friday, April 27th.
  • Collect monies for conference registration and hotel registration (look for sources of sponsorship for your participants.) Payment is due in full by JUNE 1, 2018.

2018 National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 25-29, 2018 Louisville, Kentucky

Monday, June 25

7 a.m. – SkillsUSA Championships move-in
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Leverage, Activate & Engage
9 a.m. – State Directors’ Meeting
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. – SkillsUSA Store Grand Opening
2 p.m.- Contest Chairs’ Meeting
5:00 p.m. - NLSC Registration Materials should be picked up in hotel lobby                        
 * Please have dinner prior to arriving for Mandatory
State Delegation Meeting
• State Delegation Meeting- Mandatory Meeting for Contestant and Advisor   
• Professional Development Test given for all student competitors
8:00 p.m. - SkillsUSA Minnesota Orientation Meeting and Contestant Leadership Testing

Tuesday, June 26

7:30 a.m. – Contestant Changes- (all must be completed by noon by your State Director)
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – SkillsUSA Store open
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – TAG Tuesday (Delegates)
9 a.m. – Noon – Advisor of the Year Interviews
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – SkillsUSA TECHSPO
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – SkillsUSA Championships Open to Registered Attendees only
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Contestant Orientation Meetings
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Set up display event, exhibits and check in notebooks
2 p.m. – Joint Delegate Session
7 p.m. – Opening Ceremony – Mandatory for ALL Registered in Minnesota Delegation

Wednesday, June 27

7:30 a.m. – Leadership contestants report to contest area
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – SkillsUSA Store open
7:45 a.m. – Advisors Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – SkillsUSA Championships (open to the public)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – SkillsUSA TECHSPO
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – A Call to Action Teachers’ Session
9:30 a.m. – Delegate Training
10 a.m. Middle School and High School first delegate meeting. – Delegate Meetings
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – SkillsUSA University
11 a.m. - Joint Delegate Session
11:30 a.m. – Middle School and High School Lunch  (on your own)
11:45 a.m.  College/Post Secondary First Delegate Meeting
2:30 p.m. – SkillsUSA Corporate Meeting
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Models of Excellence Dinner
7 p.m. – Champions Festival at Fourth Street Live  (President’s Volunteer Service Award winners recognized on stage)

Thursday, June 28

7:30 a.m. – Contestants report to contest area
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – SkillsUSA Store open
8 a.m. – Leadership contests finals
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – SkillsUSA Championships (open to the public)
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – TECHSPO
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – SkillsUSA University
1 p.m. – High School and College Post Secondary Delegates Business Meeting
2 p.m. – Meet the Candidates Session
3 p.m. – High School Delegates Regional Vice President Primary Vote (if needed)
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Chapter Distinction Reception Registration
6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. – “SkillsUSA Night” at Kentucky Kingdom
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Chapter Distinction Celebration

Friday, June 29

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Community Service Project
8 a.m. – SkillsUSA Championships Move-out
9 a.m. – State Directors’ Breakfast
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. – SkillsUSA University
10 a.m. – State Directors’ Business Meeting
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Meet the Employer
10:30 a.m. – High School and College/Postsecondary Delegate Assembly Business Meeting
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – ASTS Business Meeting and Teachers Luncheon
11:30 a.m. Meet the Candidates Session
12 p.m. High School and College/Postsecondary Delegates Final Ballot Voting
5 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

Immediately Following Awards Ceremony-SkillsUSA Minnesota Awards Rally


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