State Leadership &
Skills Conference (SLSC)

April 23-25, 2020

The State Leadership and Skills Conference is the pinnacle conference for the students in SkillsUSA Illinois. Each year SkillsUSA Illinois heads to Springfield, IL for this showcase of career and technical education students. More than 5,000 indiviudals — including students, teachers, and business partners — are expected to participate in the multi-day event.

SkillsUSA Illinois Championships

The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships recognizes career and technical education students who excel in their occupational areas, and spotlights leadership development activities that are such an integral part of the SkillsUSA program.

It is the goal of SkillsUSA Illinois to run all contests at maximum numbers. Therefore, after you have received the results of the State Qualifying Exams, please notify Chris Anderson (contact information below) as soon as possible, if any of your students that have qualified for a contest, will not be competing in that contest, so that he may contact the next contestant who qualifies to compete.

For more information on contests (including contest updates), visit the Championships section of the website:

SLSC 2019 Recap


SkillsUSA Illinois State Leadership & Skills Conference registration must be completed using the online registration site. As a reminder, all participants must abide by the SkillsUSA Illinois Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics. 
Registration Fee
The registration fee is per person attending the conference. All student members, SkillsUSA advisors, and adult chaperones attending this conference must be registered. These persons must also be members of SkillsUSA.
The SkillsUSA Board of Directors has approved a special registration fee for Freshman Observers at the high school level only.
Payment – NEW! 
The week following the registration deadline, an invoice will be emailed to the point of contact advisor for each school. This invoice will include payment information as well as credit card payment options. Please do not request payment to processed until this invoice is received. All payments must be received by the first day of the conference.
Refund Policy: Please review our Conference Refund Policy prior to registering.

For more information or questions, email

Registration Checklist

Tentative Schedule

Code of Conduct

Code of Ethics

Refund Policy

Hotel Block

Chapters can begin booking rooms in the SkillsUSA Illinois Room Block on FRIDAY, MARCH 16. Reservations will not be taken early.

Conference Hotels

Reservation Form

About the Conference

The high-energy festivities kick off on Thursday evening. Speakers deliver powerfully memorable inspiration for students to acknowledge the strength and possibility of their skills, embrace competition, and develop a deep sense of pride in their work.

The competition begins on Friday with students competing across 100+ contests designed to test their skills. Each competition is designed and run by representatives of respective industries, allowing students to gain a high degree of experience and insight. Afterwards, students are treated to ice cream and a social
event for their hard work.

The involvement of industry in the SkillsUSA Illinois Competition program is essential. Leadership, health, trade, industrial and technical experts donate their time to serve as contest judges and as technical committee members. They assume responsibility for selecting the skills to be judged, determining the format of the contests and establishing the standards by which the contestants will be judged.

The red jackets come out on Saturday as the conference ends with an “Olympic Style” Champions Ceremony. It is truly a sight to behold as students stand tall and proud of their accomplishment, connect with their future, and prepare to represent Illinois on the national stage.