State Qualifying Events

SkillsUSA Illinois Championships


Every winter hundreds of SkillsUSA Illinois students partake in the annual State Qualifying Events (SQE). This is their gateway to many of the competitions at the SkillsUSA Illinois Championships during the State Leadership & Skills Conference. 

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:

State Qualifying Events

Due to tremendous growth, SkillsUSA Illinois is expanding their opportunities to students. It is clear that to continue to grow and serve members, SkillsUSA Illinois must begin to expand programing. This year, SkillsUSA Illinois is excited to announce two regional-based Championship events to offer students an opportunity to advance to the State Championships. State Qualifying Conferences (SQC), will be hosted in early March allowing every student the opportunity for a hands-on event. 

 State Qualifying Exam Window

February 13 – 20, 2020
Online: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
$10 per exam

 State Qualifying Conference – South

February 21, 2020
Southwestern Illinois College
$30 per registrant

 State Qualifying Conference – North

March 6, 2020
Elgin Community College
$30 per registrant

 State Qualifying Conference Contests

The following contests will be offered at State Qualifying Conferences:


  • Architectural Drafting
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Commercial Baking
  • Computer Programming
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Esthetics
  • Firefighting
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Job Interview
  • Nurse Assisting
  • Technical Drafting
  • Welding

Registration Information – ***Deadline February 5, 2020!***

The following Registration Guide has been prepared to guide advisors through the registration process for State Qualifying Events 2019.  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.

For more information or questions, email or contact
Christopher Anderson at or 224.612.0099.