National Leadership and Skills Conference

Join us June 19-24, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia!


The conference truly has an opportunity for every member attending, all supported by business and industry partners working to ensure America has a future skilled workforce. Competitors participating in the career competitions of the SkillsUSA Championships will represent our state as the very best in their respective skill areas. Delegates will conduct the business of the organization, making decisions for the future of our organization. Chapter leaders will be able to grow and develop around skills outlined within the SkillsUSA Framework. Advisors will be able to grow their toolbox through professional development sessions and networking. And all attendees will be able to interact with industry professionals representing the careers you are training for.  


Activate, Leverage, and Engage training will be offered on June 17-19, 2023 for those that have pre-registered for the training.


Michigan Registration Packages Include:

  • National Leadership Conference registration fee
  • Five nights’ accommodations at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
  • Friday night dinner after the award ceremony at the Omni Atlanta Hotel
  • Michigan spirit items (Michigan t-shirt, SkillsUSA Michigan trading pins, clear backpack)
  • All Taxes and Gratuities
  • No transportation or other meals are included

Refunds and Cancellations

  • Cancellations made after the registration deadline are not eligible for a refund or credit of the conference registration fee, Michigan registration package items, and optional pre-purchased items (MARTA cards and CityPASSes).

  • Schools are responsible for paying for all registrants that cancel after the registration deadline. 

  • Hotel refunds may not be eligible for refund if others are still staying in the hotel room. 

  • Travel may not be able to be refunded, please check your cancellation policy where travel was booked.


SkillsUSA COVID-19 School Cancellation Policy

For any chapter that is no longer allowed to travel due to school/county or state travel restrictions related to COVID-19, SkillsUSA will accept the cancelation without a substitution/swap if cancelled by the Michigan State Director by Friday, June 19, 2022, before 5 p.m.  To qualify for this cancellation, a supporting letter on the school’s letterhead with the administrator’s cell phone number must be provided at the time the drop is made, stating when the travel ban was implemented and how long the ban has been in place, signed by the principal or school superintendent. The ban must have been instituted after May 17, 2022. The SkillsUSA national headquarters staff will contact the school administrator directly to confirm the travel restriction and the timeline of implementation.

Individuals exposed to COVID-19 or Experiencing Signs/Symptoms of COVID-19
It is in everyone’s best interest to ensure anyone who feels unwell does not travel to conference. Individuals experiencing signs/symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 test or who have tested positive within six days of the start of conference on June 20, 2022, should not attend the conference. SkillsUSA will refund the state association if notified of the drop by Friday, June 19, 2022, before 5 p.m. due to COVID-19 illness or exposure. To qualify for this cancellation, supporting documentation must be provided at the time the drop is made, including official COVID-19 test results along with a signed statement from a parent or guardian, if the student is under the age of 18, along with a statement of confirmation from a medical professional.

Competition Information

All Professional Members can access the Contest’s Technical Standards for the contests on SkillsUSA Absorb.

Contest Updates will be posted online leading up to NLSC. To be properly prepared for the competition, you’ll need to check this page regularly.

Competition apparel requirements can be found in the Technical Standards. Official attire as well as competition apparel and accessories may be purchased at the SkillsUSA Store.


Please download the NLSC App, the national office will be posting all important information for the event in the app.


Online Testing

  • The Online Testing dates for national competitors will be (TBA).
    All Professional Development Assessment (formerly known as the Leadership test) will be administered online for all applicable contests.
  • All other competitions will administer their testing onsite during NLSC.
  • Online testing information will be sent to all competitor’s email addresses.
  • If a student needs the information resent, or has access issues, please contact Customer Care at 844-875-4557 or



Refer to the Contest Clothing Requirements on the contest updates page for information.

There are times when all paid registrants, including advisors and others traveling with the delegation, need to be in official attire:

  • Red SkillsUSA blazer, windbreaker or sweater, or black or red SkillsUSA jacket
  • Button-up, collared, white dress shirt (accompanied by a plain, solid black tie), white blouse (collarless or small-collared) or white turtleneck, with any collar not to extend into the lapel area of the blazer, sweater, windbreaker or jacket
  • Black dress slacks (accompanied by black dress socks or black or skin-tone seamless hose) or black dress skirt (knee-length) (accompanied by black or skin-tone seamless hose)
  • Black dress shoes


Resume Requirement
All competitors must create a one-page resume. Everyone should upload their resume before the posted deadline.  Competitors can also submit hard copies to the technical committee chair at the contest orientation. Failure to do so will result in a 10 point penalty. Competitors can bring a resume to the contest on the day of competition however, the penalty will remain in effect.




Please do not ship anything to the convention center, they will NOT accept ANY shipments. The national office will be sharing shipping options soon.


Michigan Agenda

 The following items are in addition to the Official Conference Agenda for all Michigan attendees:


Monday June 19

Hotel – 

  • Each chapter will check-in at the hotel front desk to receive their room keys. Check-in begins at 4 p.m. so rooms may not be available until that time.

Registration Materials – 

  • You can pick up your pre-ordered CityPASSes or purchase extra trading pins between 9am-Noon or between 2-5 pm (They will also be available at the Michigan delegation meeting.)


  • Chapters that ordered MARTA cards: will ship via UPS Ground, prior to the conference.


  • Registration materials pick up will be available on Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. in our hotel.

Getting Around Atlanta


Michigan’s assigned hotel is the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, 100 CNN Center NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.  The Omni is right in the middle of all the action!  Located across the street from the Georgia World Congress Center (convention center), State Farm Arena, and a short walk away is several tourist attractions; the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, College Football Hall of Fame, and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights.



We encourage using MARTA, Atlanta’s rapid transit system for getting around Atlanta.  

Catching the MARTA from the airport to your downtown hotel is easy. Participants will travel directly to the MARTA station in the Domestic Terminal, between the North and South baggage claim. Then take either the Red or Gold line train to the Five Points station.  Michigan’s hotel is about a 4 block walk.

If you need to transfer to a bus (if you are going to Zoo Atlanta, for example), your MARTA card is accepted as fare. 

MARTA Ride Guide:

MARTA Video:



For those that have pre-ordered CityPASS cards on your conference registration:.  

CityPASS cards allow participants to attend a total of 5 different attractions (Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, Atlanta Zoo, and choice of TWO of the following: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, NFL Football Hall of Fame, or the Civil Rights Museum). 


Other Information

More info will be posted in April.