National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC)

SkillsUSA heads to Atlanta, GA, June 20-24, 2022, for the 57th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event.

Registration Information ***Deadline May 11, 2022!***

The following Registration Guide has been prepared to guide advisors through the registration process for the National Leadership and Skills Conference.  Payments should be made payable to and mailed to: SkillsUSA Illinois, Inc. | P. O. Box 1029, Pekin, IL 61555-1029.
Refund Policy: Please review our Conference Refund Policy prior to registering.

Parent and Guest Information

With the NLSC move to Atlanta, the SkillsUSA national office has decided that the conference, including the career competitions of the SkillsUSA Championships, will no longer be open to the public for free. Parents and guests will be required to have a guest pass to enter. These passes can be purchased through SkillsUSA Illinois. Parents and guests can also reserve hotel rooms in SkillsUSA Illinois room block if they would like.

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About the Conference

Every summer SkillsUSA heads to Louisville, Ky., for the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event. Monday the state delegation travels to Louisville and meets as a group. On Tuesday, the Opening Ceremony is the first official conference event.

Delegate sessions for middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students are conducted by the national officers. The sessions provide a platform to conduct the organization’s official business, elect student leaders and recognize state association voting delegates.

SkillsUSA University  is a program of educational seminars available to all participants Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. SkillsUSA TECHSPO returns to the conference as a whole new experience and is now located on the competition floor. Look for products available to purchase from SkillsUSA’s sponsors and vendors in both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

The SkillsUSA Championships will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students –– all state contest winners –– will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. The competitions will be open to the public and free of charge.

The week caps off with the Awards Ceremony, which takes place on Friday evening at KEC’s Freedom Hall.