Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Competitions

  • What are the Corporate Partner Projects?
    DECA has partnered with various corporations to create exciting competitive events for your students. These competitive events take place in your classroom instead of at the District or State Career Development Conference. The timeline for these events hits much earlier than traditional competition (some as early as October or November). Students who qualify for any final rounds of this competition are notified, and the top-level participants will compete in these events at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). While these events do not affect the number of events a student may compete in at the State or District level, they do affect competition restrictions held at the International level. If a student qualifies to ICDC as a corporate partner project winner, as well as in another competition on the state level, they must choose between two events as they may only compete in one event at ICDC.
  • Do members have to qualify for the District Skills Conference, State or International Career Development Conferences?
    Members do not have to qualify to attend their District Skills Conference or the State Career Development Conference (SCDC). They do, however, have to qualify at SCDC in order to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). Please reference the ICDC conference page for more information.
  • Where do I find information on competitive events?
    DECA, Inc. publishes the DECA Guide each fall, which is your guide to all things competitive events. DECA sends out a hard copy to each chapter, however, there is an online version which is great to have on hand and share with students. You can find the DECA Guide here.
  • How do business operations research events work?
    Business Operations Research Events are made up of one to three people on a team. The team will be able to demonstrate the skills needed by management personnel through a marketing research study. Prior to the Career Development Conference, the team will research and write a document for submission. The document may have a maximum of 30 numbered pages. At the State Career Development Conference, teams will give a 15 minute presentation on their strategies and plan. During the presentation, teams may use approved visual aids. To find out more about business operations research events, please click here.
  • How do chapter team events work?
    Chapter Team Events are made up of one to three people on a team who complete a project. Prior to the Career Development Conference, the team will write a document for submission based on their project. The document may have a maximum of 30 numbered pages. At the State Career Development Conference, teams will give a 15 minute presentation on their project. During the presentation, teams may use approved visual aids. To find out more about chapter team events, please click here.
  • How do entrepreneurship events work?
    Entrepreneurship events provide opportunities to explore entrepreneurial concepts from idea generation, business planning, to growing an existing business. Team sizes and requirements vary from event to event, however, all entrepreneurship events are comprised of a formal written report and formal business presentation. Prior to the State Career Development Conference, the team or individual will submit a written document. To find out more about entrepreneurship events, please click here.
  • How do marketing representative events work?
    Marketing Representative Events consist of teams of one to three people. Teams will be able to demonstrate promotional competencies and other competencies needed by management personnel. Teams will complete a written document of outlined fact sheets, no more than 11 pages, describing a promotional plan for a business. Participants will submit their written document prior to the State Career Development Conference. At the Career Development Conference, participants will individually take a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The score will be averaged between the teammates. Teams will then give an oral presentation, lasting no longer than 20 minutes. Teams may use approved visual aids.To find out more about marketing representative events, please click here.
  • How do professional selling events work?
    Professional Selling Events consist of one individual participant. The participant will be able to demonstrate the skills needed for a career in sales through an organized and pre-planned sales presentation. The sales presentation will last no longer than 20 minutes. The participant will then take a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The participant may use approved visual aids. To find out more about professional selling events, please click here.
  • How do online challenges work, like the Virtual Business Challenge and Stock Market Game?
    Virtual Business Challenges consist of teams of one to three people. Participants participating in the Stock Market Game will start with a portfolio and work to build its value. Participants participating in the Virtual Business Challenge will run a retail store or sports business. These computer simulations are completed online prior to the Career Development Conference. Prior to the Career Development Conference, participants in the Stock Market Game will submit a written document describing their investment, not to exceed 11 numbered pages. At the Career Development Conference, teams in the Stock Market Game will give an oral presentation describing their investment project. To find out more about online challenge competitions, please click here.
  • How do team decision making events work?

    Team Decision Making Events are done in teams of two. Each participant on the team will individually take a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The individual score from each teammate will be averaged to produce a team score on the exam. Teams are then given a written case study and have 30 minutes to read it, talk with each other, and prepare for a 15 minute presentation of the case study as a team. The case study will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way. To find out more about team decision making events, please click here.

  • How do principles of business management and administration events work?

    This event is for first–year DECA participants only, and is done by one participant individually. Participants will be given a 100-question, multiple-choice exam covering business administration. They are then given a written content interview, and have 10 minutes to read it and prepare for a 10 minute presentation of the content interview. The content interview will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way. To find our more about principles events, please click here.

  • How do individual series events work?

    Individual Series Events consist of one person. The participant will be given a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The participant is then given a written role play, and will have 10 minutes to read it and prepare for a 10 minute presentation of the role play. The role play will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way. To find out more about individual series events, please click here.

  • How do principles of business management and administration events work?

    This event is for first–year DECA participants only, and is done by one participant individually. Participants will be given a 100-question, multiple-choice exam covering business administration. They are then given a written content interview, and have 10 minutes to read it and prepare for a 10 minute presentation of the content interview. The content interview will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way. To find our more about principles events, please click here.

Conferences - General Information

  • Where can I find conference dates?
    Conference dates can be found either under the Calendar or Conferences tab of this website.
  • Which events are offered at the various conferences?

    Depending on the conference you attend, different events may be offered. Please check the registration guide to be sure that you sign your students up for events that are being offered at the conference you plan to attend. District events do not offer any of the written events, chapter team events, virtual business challenges or corporate partner projects. The State Career Development Conference does not offer virtual business challenges or corporate partner projects.

  • How many competitive events can a student compete in at the State Career Development Conference?

    Students may compete in a MAXIMUM of four competitive events; two written event and two series event, with the series events occurring on separate days, i.e., students cannot compete in two Monday series events. Also, students cannot compete in events with conflicting cluster exam times, i.e., a student can only take one cluster exam during the offered testing time. For more information on the tentative schedule of competitive events and further details on competitive event restrictions, please see the SCDC conference registration guide. 

    *Note: For SCDC, the Corporate Partner Projects, Virtual Business Challenges and Stock Market Game do not count toward the maximum of two events. These projects take place outside of conferences unless students advance to ICDC to compete in these events

  • What is the difference between an Oregon DECA Conference and a DECA, Inc. conference?

    Oregon DECA offers multiple conference opportunities throughout the year. The focus is often either leadership, competition, or both. The Oregon Association of DECA holds these conferences in the state of Oregon and is responsible for the management and execution of these conferences. All registration is done through Oregon DECA.

    DECA, Inc. offers conferences all throughout the United States, such as the New York Experience, Sports and Entertainment Marketing Conference and Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference. Oregon DECA chapters attend these conferences, but complete their registration through the national organization (except in the case of the International Career Development Conference, where individual chapters send all of their information to Oregon DECA and Oregon DECA registers the association). Most policies and procedures for DECA conferences are very similar to, if not the same, as Oregon DECA policies and procedures. If you choose to attend any of conferences, please be sure to read all of the registration materials very carefully.

  • How many students can I bring to a conference?

    You may bring as many or as few students as you wish. However, for Oregon DECA (1:15) and the National DECA adult to student ratio, which is typically 1:8. For more details, please review the registration guide for the specific conference.

  • What is the DECA knowledge test?
    The DECA Knowledge Test is a central part of the State Officer candidate application process and must be taken by all students wishing to be elected to a position. The test serves as a valuable indicator of knowledge of the DECA world which ensures that only informed, committed students are elected to state office.    

    The DECA Knowledge Test is a comprehensive exam covering several critical areas of the state and international levels of DECA. The test is updated every year and traditionally contains questions related to topics such as competitive events, important people and events in the DECA world, and DECA's history, branding, and guiding principles. Accompanying the Knowledge Test is a study guide that serves as a valuable study resource for the exam. Students wishing to excel on the DECA Knowledge Test are strongly encouraged to use the study guide as their primary study resource, but are also encouraged to research other information sources, including the state and international DECA websites.
  • How do I nominate someone fora special recognition awards?
    Continuing with Oregon DECA’s tradition of recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of our students, advisors, alumni, and business partners we are encouraging submissions for the awards listed below. Please take a moment to consider the accomplishments of your students, your fellow advisors, your alumni and members of the business community to Oregon DECA. If you feel special recognition is due, fill out the appropriate form and submit it by the due date listed on each form.    

    The awards are: 
    Honorary Life Member 
    Award of Merit 
    Outstanding Service Award 
    Outstanding Alumni Award 
    Chapter of the Year 

  • As a new chapter, which conferences should we attend?

    The District Skills Conferences are the best way to introduce students to DECA without a huge financial commitment to travel (note that you are still required to stay in the conference hotels if the conference is an overnight event). The fall District Skills Conferences are the first time your students will see a full-fledged DECA competition. Oregon DECA also participates in the Oregon Leadership Institute (OLI), a two day fall leadership conference held with other Career and Technical Student Organization from Oregon (FBLA, FCCLA, SkillsaUSA and HOSA). If your chapter feels ready, we also recommend attending the State Career Development Conference later on in February. The State Career Development Conference is located in Portland at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion each February. Chapter may also attend ICDC if you have students that quality in competitive events or in leadership academy slots. 

Conferences - Registration

  • What does my conference registration fee cover? Are there other fees?
    Your conference registration fee covers entrance into the conference, including all materials and printed items as well as competition. If the conference is a multi-day event, there will also be a hotel fee associated with the fee. It is required that all chapters stay on site during the conference. Please review the specific conference registration guide for the hotel fees for the conference. Please note that both registration and hotel fees are due prior to attending the conference.
  • Do I have to register my students as members before they attend a conference?
    Yes, all students and advisors attending the conference must be registered DECA members. Chaperones do not need to be registered as a DECA member.
  • How do I register for a conference?
    Registration for conferences can be found online in the corresponding conference guide.  The State Management Team will also email out the conference guide for each conference once it is released. All registration information can be found in the conference guide. Should you have specific questions on registration for a conference, please send an email to: registration@oregondeca.org

Conferences - Logistics

  • What happens at a DECA conference?

    Most conferences focus on either leadership or competition, or some combination of the two. Conferences offer general sessions with keynote speakers, competition, testing, awards/recognition sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities. Agendas for most conferences can be found in the corresponding registration guide.

    Students generally walk away with an increased knowledge of the business world, new friendships and connections, lasting memories, and more self-confidence. Conferences and competitions give students a chance to apply what they learn in the classroom while gaining valuable leadership and life skills.

  • Do we have to stay at the conference hotel?
    Yes. All participants, including advisors and chaperones, are required to stay at the conference hotel for the duration of the conference in the case of an overnight event. There are no exceptions to this policy, no matter how close the participants live.
  • Will meals be provided at conferences?
    Unless noted in the conference registration guide, no meals are provided at conferences. Conferences often take place near a variety of local eateries and grocery stores.
  • How do I get to a conference?
    The advisor and school administration to coordinate travel to and from the conference facility. Oregon DECA does not coordinate travel to and from conferences. 

Conferences - Policies

  • What is the refund or cancellation policy for conferences?
    There are no refunds or cancellations. Your chapter will be responsible to pay for the number of students you register. If a student drops out after registration is submitted, the chapter will still need to pay for that student. You may substitute one student for another that cannot attend. There is a small substitution fee.
  • Do I have to attend the conference with my students, or may a parent/chaperone go in my place?
    As the advisor, you must attend any conferences the students attend and stay for the duration of the conference. You must also stay at the conference hotel for any overnight conferences. Students may not attend a conference without their official school advisor.
  • How many students can I bring to a conference?

    You may bring as many or as few students as you wish. However, for Oregon DECA (1:15) and the National DECA adult to student ratio, which is typically 1:8. For more details, please review the registration guide for the specific conference.

  • What is the adult to student ratio required at a Oregon DECA conference?

    Oregon DECA requires one adult for every 15 students at a Oregon DECA conference. This ratio is often different for a National DECA conference (for example, ICDC requires a ratio of 1 adult for every 8 students). Please be sure to read all registration materials carefully to ensure you are within the proper ratio.

  • What is the age requirement for one to be considered a chaperone or advisor?

    Oregon DECA requires that anyone who is acting as a chaperone or advisor is age 21 or older.

  • Do I have to be a teacher at the school to be considered an advisor?

    Advisors must be certificated faculty members in order to serve as the advisor. Should you have any questions about whether you meet the requirements, please email the Chapter Development Manager, Ed Trang, at ed@oregondeca.org.

  • How do I pay for a conference?
    The registration guide will designate who the check should be made out to. All payment should be sent to: PO Box 912, Jacksonville, OR 97530. Payment should be in the form of one check for the entire delegation. We are unable to accept any credit cards or Purchase Orders. We are also unable to accept multiple checks from individuals; payment should be made with one check via a school account. Should you have questions in regards to payment, please contact us at registration@oregondeca.org.

Governance and Dues

  • How should I structure my chapter leadership team?
    Chapters have the ability to structure the chapter leadership team to best suit your local chapter needs. For an example of chapter leadership structure, see page 11 of the Be A Hero Guide.
  • Who do I contact if I want to start a new chapter?

    Please contact our Chapter Development Manager, Ed Trang, at ed@oregondeca.org, or the State Advisor, Laura Nelson, at laura@oregondeca.org 

  • What is DECA?
    Founded in 1946, DECA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 high school members, 5,500 advisors, and 15,000 postsecondary collegiate division members around the world. The student members of DECA are smart, dedicated individuals already actively involved in preparing for successful careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Oregon DECA is a member association of National DECA with over 1,000 members.
  • What are DECA's guiding principles?
    DECA’s eight guiding principles are organized around the organization’s emblem, the DECA Diamond. The inner four points of the DECA Diamond represent the guiding principles which address the purpose of DECA’s comprehensive learning program:    
    -Integrates into Classroom Instruction
     -Applies Learning 
    -Connects to Business 
    -Promotes Competition 

    The outer four points of the DECA Diamond address the results of DECA’s comprehensive learning program. DECA prepares the next generation to be: 
    - Academically Prepared 
    - Community Oriented 
    - Professionally Responsible 
    - Experienced Leaders
  • What is DECA's purpose for students?
    DECA Inc. has three primary purposes: to assist state/provincial associations in the growth and development of DECA; to further develop education in marketing and distribution which will contribute to occupational competence; and to promote understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in our free, competitive, enterprise system.
  • What are DECA's official colors and emblems?
    DECA's official color is bluue and the official emblem is the DECA Diamond.
  • How many regions are there within DECA and which region is Oregon DECA in?
    There are four regions within DECA: Western Region (13 states plus Guam) Central Region (13 states and Manitoba, Canada) North Atlantic Region (12 states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario, Canada) Southern Region (12 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). Oregon DECA is a member of the Western Region.
  • How can I contact the State Management Team?
    You can find out more about our State Management Team here.
  • Who are key contacts at DECA, Inc.?
    The DECA, Inc. office is located in Reston, VA.
    Key contacts can be found here.   

    Christopher Young Director, High School Division christopher_young@deca.org 
    Michael Mount Director, Data Management michael_mount@deca.org  

    DECA phone number: 703-860-5000 

  • Where can I find out more about DECA Images?
    DECA Images is the DECA store managed by DECA, Inc. They sell official DECA materials, including blazers, competition materials and branded items. You can contact DECA Images here:    

    DECA IMAGES 1908 Association Drive Reston, VA 20191-1594 
    Phone: 703-860-5006 
    Fax: 703-860-4013 

    Jackie Crichton DECA Images Project Manager jackie_crichton@deca.org
  • Who can be a DECA member?
    DECA membership is available to students with career interests in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and management in grades nine through twelve. DECA membership is also open to DECA advisors, alumni and professional members. Students who are in college may join Collegiate DECA.
  • Who should join DECA?
    All students who participate in DECA activities at the local, district, state and/or international levels should pay state/provincial/territorial and DECA Inc. dues. These activities include, but are not limited to, conferences, competitive events, online challenges, scholarship applications and more. Board policy states that all members, including advisors, must pay membership dues.
  • What are membership dues?
    DECA Inc. membership dues are $8 per person (student, advisor, alumni and professional) plus $12 for state dues (Total of $20).
  • What is included in DECA membership?
    In addition to an official membership card and pin, DECA members receive four issues of Dimensions magazine, have opportunities to attend conferences designed to prepare them for college and careers, can earn recognition and prove their knowledge in DECA's Competitive Events Program, can earn their share of more than $300,000 in scholarships and more. DECA membership is for one school year.
  • What is the deadline for submitting membership?
    DECA membership is open year?round; however, DECA encourages all chapters to activate their chapter by submitting initial membership by November 15. This ensures that the chapter continues to receive communication, publications and services from DECA Inc. The deadline for members to be eligible to compete at this District and State Competitions is the respective registration deadline for that conference.
  • What is the minimum number of members needed on a roster?
    The minimum chapter size is ten (10) student members and one (1) advisor (or any combination of 11 paid members). The only exception is in the case of a new or reactivated chapter, which has two years to obtain the minimum chapter size. In this case, please contact Michael Mount at michael_mount@deca.org.
  • Who is an alumni member?
    Alumni members are individuals who have graduated and wish to remain involved with the program by paying the appropriate DECA Inc. and state/provincial/territorial dues. Alumni members receive a pin and card, one?year subscription to Dimensions (if a current address is provided) and the value of supporting an organization that has impacted them and additional emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.
  • Who is a professional member?
    Professional members are individuals from the community (i.e., business leaders, judges, internship sponsors, counselors, administrators) who are active with the chapter. They must pay the appropriate DECA Inc. and state/provincial/territorial dues. Professional members receive a pin and card, one?year subscription to Dimensions (if a current address is provided) and the value of supporting an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready.
  • Where do I login to submit my members?
    The site can be accessed through our website at http://www.deca.org/membership/highschool/ or the direct link is http://www.decaregistration.com/hs/.
  • How do I change a student's name?
    Once a name is submitted it cannot be deleted or changed unless it is misspelled. Please submit any misspellings to Michael Mount at michael_mount@deca.org showing the incorrect spelling and the correct spelling.
  • Many of my students use nicknames. Should their full name or nickname appear on the roster?
    When submitting names, use full names rather than nicknames. The name should appear the same on ALL documents (conference registration, competition, etc.) throughout the year.
  • How do I submit names of new members once my initial membership has been submitted?
    Simply go back into the online membership system and enter new members the same way you entered the initial members. Double check to make sure your chapter information is still correct.
  • What are suggested steps when starting a new chapter?
    Oregon DECA aims to provide support, tools and resources as you start your chapter. To find out more about how to start a chapter and suggested steps, please check out our resources here.
  • What are the DECA chapter campaigns and how can our chapter get involved?
    The DECA Chapter Campaigns are designed to engage your members in DECA activities throughout the year. DECA offers five unique campaigns that will help grow your chapter and build lasting partnerships within your school and community. There are great awards for DECA chapters that attain recognition through DECA's Chapter Campaigns, including the opportunity to earn a certificate, pennant, plaque, flag, and even three allocations to attend the THRIVE Academy at DECA's International Career Development Conference (ICDC). To find out more about the DECA Chapter Campaigns, please click here.

  • Where can I find Oregon DECA's constitution and bylaws?
    The constitution of the Oregon Association of DECA can be found here.

    The bylaws of the Oregon Association of DECA can be found here.
  • How do I apply for a DECA scholarship?

    DECA's scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships to high school and college DECA members at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) each year. Many corporate partners of DECA provide scholarships through the DECA through DECA scholarship program. DECA Inc. administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor. DECA scholarships are strictly merit based. 

    You can find out more about the scholarships here

  • What are DECA's Mission and Values?

    DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

    DECA’s core values and attributes are competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork. These values are central to DECA’s mission and purpose in classrooms around the world. 

Contact Information

  • Who do I contact if I want to start a new chapter?
    Please contact our Chapter Development Manager, Ed Trang, at ed@oregondeca.org, or the State Advisor, Laura Nelson, at laura@oregondeca.org .
  • What is the Oregon DECA phone number?
    Oregon DECA staff can be reached at: 541-633-4287
     
  • What is the Oregon DECA mailing address?

    Oregon DECA
    PO Box 912
    Jacksonville, OR 97530

  • How can I contact the State Officer Team?
    The State Officer Team would love to hear from you! You can reach them by checking out their bios and contact information here