Champions at Work!

This year's State Leadership & Skills Conference will be held virtually with skilled and technical contests being run locally and judged either onsite or remotely. Leadership and Occupational contests will be held virtually. 

The SkillsUSA Minnesota State Leadership and Skills Conference will be held April 12 - May 1, 2021. The conference will kick off on April 12th with a virtual Opening Ceremony followed by a Championships Kick-Off. Contestants will have until April 26th to complete their contest whether virtual, via submission, localized in-person or a combination of formats.

Outside of the Championships, SkillsUSA Minnesota will have virtual experiences for members, both student and professional, including professional development sessions, delegate sessions, social and business & industry sessions.

On May 1, 2021 we will celebrate the work of our members and chapters with a virtual Awards Ceremony. Here, the gold, silver and bronze medalist of each competition will be recognized and announced. The top competitor in each contest will represent Minnesota at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. 

The event registration process will be similar to the years past. All individuals attending conference must be registered and be members of SkillsUSA. Membership and registration will be completed through the SkillsUSA REGISTER site (

A registration guide for this year's events will be released in February 2021. 

  • Registration Fee: $25
  • How can you save $5/student registration? Complete your Chapter Excellence Program application for Level 1 (Quality Chapter) by March 1! Check out the "Advisor Playbook" for more information!

More information can be found here and under Contest Updates. We can't wait to see our skilled leaders in action this spring!

Save the Date! The 2022 State Leadership & Skills Conference will be held April 7-10! We can't wait to see you there!

SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships

The SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships takes place in April every year and brings together nearly a thousand outstanding career and technical education students who compete hands-on in 80+ different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

The SkillsUSA Minnesota state competition 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.

The philosophy of the competition is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance, and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. Contests directly follow technical standards established by industry each year.

Besides showcasing students’ skills, the SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships, by the very nature of competition, urges students to take pride in their work. It also provides prospective employers with an opportunity to see dedicated, motivated potential employees at work.

Competition Clusters

Interested in sponsoring any part of the State Leadership and Skills Conference? Check out our Partners page for more information. Or are you interested in donating prizes? Fill out our Prize Donation Form.