Conferences and Competitions

 DECA Conferences


Only paid members of Collegiate DECA may attend conferences and must sign up in advance by e-mailing Kymberly Polser at   There will also be conference information on the state website


During the conferences DECA members have the opportunity to participate in competitions to combine real-life experience with their education.  These events are broken down into career clusters:

  • Business Management & Administration
  • Enterpreneurship
  • Finance
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Marketing

Competitions are judged by industry experts, and provide many networking, and professional development opportunities.  Through practice competitions, students bring together classroom knowledge, professional development skills, and experience.   The practice competitions prepare students for not only national competition, but also for their professional career.


Calling all DECA leaders and Potential Future Leaders!!

Effective success means effective planning. LAUNCH is an interactive working conference that helps Arizona Collegiate DECA’s student leaders develop and implement the tools to LAUNCH their chapters to success.


Fall Leadership Conference (November)

Our first conference of the year!  Featuring professional development workshops, networking opportunities, and competitive events all designed to prepare you for the Arizona Career Development Conference.


Arizona State Career Development Conference (February)

The statewide Arizona Collegiate DECA conference is held once per semester, and is a great place to meet other Arizona Collegiate DECA students.    The State Conference in the spring includes a guest speaker, more professional development workshops, a judges panel discussion, and state competitions.

It’s the highway to the International Career Development Conference! This conference includes workshops, networking, and competitive events which will determine who qualifies for the largest conference of the year.


International Career Development Conference (ICDC) (April)

Join more than 1,500 Collegiate DECA members engage in Professional Development Academies, Competitive Events, and Management Institutes.

Students that place in the top four, and score at least 70% at State Conference are eligible to attend the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), where they will attend professional development workshops related to their chosen field and compete against students from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.  SCC has paid students’ expenses to attend each year since this organization began at SCC.  The event is held in April and the location varies.