What is Career & Technical Education (CTE)?

Career and technical education helps students be more than just average. Career and technical education can students what is needed to succeed in life: technical skills, academic skills and employability skills. In addition, career and technical education helps students see how what they are learning applies to the needs of employers.

Regardless of whether students are headed for college or the workforce, this type of education will help them prepare for the future. In fact, college-bound students can get job experiences to help them define their career plans, identify an appropriate course of study and help pay for tuition.

Why CTE?

When SkillsUSA is integrated into the CTE program, all students develop the personal, workplace and technical skills that comprise the SkillsUSA Framework.

SkillsUSA activities develop positive attitudes, build self-esteem and empower students to excel. They give students a head start in developing valuable professional skills such as communications, interpersonal abilities, time management, teamwork and more. Because SkillsUSA works hand-in-hand with business and industry, students get the skills employers want.

What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help each student excel.
SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.
A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/ postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations.

Where is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA members are organized into 13,000 chapters and 54 states territorial associates (including the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands).

What is the point of it all?

SkillsUSA prepares America's high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior worl skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.

What is the National Membership deadline?

Membership must be postmarked by March 1 for students to be eligible for national competition. Competing at the state level is a prerequisite for national competition, so you must also meet Idaho state deadline.

Can I send in membership after the deadline?

SkillsUSA will continue to accept memberships after the March 1 national deadline. The March 1 national deadline must be met by students who are competing or running for office at the national level.

Who can participate in SkillsUSA competitions?

SkillsUSA competitions begin at the local level and progress to the state and national levels. Students may compete at the state level if they are registered SkillsUSA members enrolled in an approved training program and who can meet all contest requirements. Students must be state first-place winners and approved by the Idaho State Association Director to compete at the national level.

Should all SkillsUSA advisors join as professional members?

All advisors and school administrators should join as professional members in order to receive their own copies of SkillsUSA Champions magazine, catalogs, correspondence, scholarship notices and other materials.

How do I add students to my membership section?

To add students to your section, simply return to the online membership site and register your additional members. A separate invoice for just these students will be generated.

If I use a purchase order, where is my invoice?

If you use a purchase order for membership dues, the SkillsUSA online registration system will automatically populate the invoice which is then available for immediate printing.

Membership for 2019-2020


Current Annual Membership:
434,141
All 50 States plus Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and District of Columbia
Total Student & Teacher Membership:
372,655
Student Members:
352,047
Teacher Members:
20,598
SkillsUSA Schools:
4,658
SkillsUSA Classrooms:
19,260
Alumni Members:
61,279
High School Members:
305,444
College/Postsecondary Members:
43,139
Middle School Members:
3,474
Total Cumulative Members Served Since 1965:
13.6 Million