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State Leadership & Skills Conference

April 27-29, 2023 | Peoria, IL


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

Registration Information

Registration Deadline: March 15, 2023


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SLSC 2023 Registration Fees

Conference Registration

  • $155 – Full Registration

  • $140 – CEP Level 1 Chapters

  • $125 – CEP Level 2 Chapters

Hotel Rate

  • $210/night – All Hotels
    Includes breakfast for up to four per room

Hotel Policy Exemption - Application Deadline: March 1st 

As stated in the SkillsUSA Illinois Policy Manual, all SkillsUSA Illinois conference participants must stay within assigned housing block. All registered members for conference must be assigned to a room using the SkillsUSA Illinois reservation process. The only exception to this policy is that chapters within 30 miles of the conference site can apply for an exemption to this policy each year by the first business day of March. 

SkillsUSA Illinois Championships

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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 career competitions at maximum numbers. Therefore, after advisors have received the results of the State Qualifying Exams, please notify our membership team if any of your students that have qualified will not be competing in that competition so that may notify the next competitor.


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

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 Championships begins on Friday with students competing across 100+ career competitions 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 Championships 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.

Future Dates

2024: April 25-27 | 2025: April 24-26 | 2026: April 23-25

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