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State Qualifying Events

Every winter hundreds of SkillsUSA Illinois members partake in the annual State Qualifying Events (SQE). These are regional career competitions and serve as the gateway to compete in SkillsUSA Illinois Championships during the annual State Leadership & Skills Conference. Chapters are encouraged to host local career competitions before advancing members to the State Qualifying Events process.

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February 18-27, 2023

Registration Information - Deadline: January 25

This registration guide outlines all information for registering and preparing for State Qualifying Events. Please review this information  and reach-out with any questions at or 833.754.5545

SQE 2023 Registration Fees

Conference Registration

  • $10 – per Career Competition Exam

State Qualifying Events 2023 Timeline

January 25

SQE Registration Deadline

February 18-27

State Qualifying Events Window


February 18

General Membership Deadline

SLSC Registration Information Available


March 6

State Qualifying Events Results Released


March 10

Chapter Excellence Program Deadline


March 15

SLSC Registration Deadline


March 24

Advisor of the Year Application Deadline 

Update on State Qualifying Conferences (regional competitions)

Throughout the pandemic, SkillsUSA Illinois continued to work and plan State Qualifying Conferences (regional competitions) with our community college partners. With many unknowns for this coming winter, community colleges are not ready to welcome visitors to their campuses at this time. There will be no State Qualifying Conferences (regional competitions) in 2023; State Qualifying Events will be held fully online. These partners are committed to holding these conferences in 2024 and SkillsUSA Illinois fully plans to bring these experiences back for our membership.

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