National Leadership and Skills Conference

Join us June 20-25, 2022 in the new location of 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 18-20, 2022 for those that have pre-registered.

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.

If you’ve missed any of the emailed NLSC updates we’ve sent in April, May, and June:  

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 May 24–June 21.
    All Professional Development Assessment (formerly known as the Leadership test) will be administered online for all applicable contests.
  • Five competitions will have their written assessment online this year as part of a trial run for 2022: Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking, Quiz Bowl, TeamWorks, and Welding.
  • All other competitions will administer their testing onsite during NLSC.
  •  Online testing information will be sent to all competitor’s email addresses after May 17th.
  • 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 June 22 at 5 p.m. ET.  Use the link to the right to submit your resume. 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 20

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 on Monday in the Grand Ballroom D Level M4 N. Tower. (Or they will also be available at the Michigan delegation meeting.)


  • Chapters that ordered MARTA cards: they have been shipped via UPS Ground, and is estimated to arrive by the end of the day on Wednesday. June 15.


  • Registration materials pick up will be available on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom D Level M4 N. Tower of our hotel.

8:00 p.m. Michigan Delegate Meeting – Grand Ballroom D Level M4 N. Tower of our hotel



Thursday June 23

  • The Champion’s Festival is taking place Thursday night in the park across from our hotel and is sure to be a big hit. There will be inflatables, food trucks, DJs, and fireworks! Please plan on attending and please wear your Michigan NLSC T-Shirts to this event. Conference name badges are required for entry.



Friday June 24

  • A Michigan Celebration Dinner will follow the Awards Ceremony. As the session ends, please bring your chapter back to our hotel where we will meet in the Grand Ballroom D Level M4 N. Tower for dinner and to celebrate. Please note: children under 10 attending the conference without paid registration will not be included in the dinner.

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

Community Service Project

On Friday, June 24 at the National Leadership & Skills Conference, SkillsUSA students will apply their skills and provide service to the Atlanta community by participating in the SkillsUSA “Build Skills – Do Good – Complete the Cycle” community service project. The student participants will assemble bikes which will be presented to local children.

The day of service will begin with a kickoff rally for attendees and business partners at 9 a.m. in the Georgia World Congress Center. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and lasting until 12:00 p.m., student participants will work in teams to apply their skills and carefully construct two children’s bicycles. This will be a fantastic ending to conference week as 400 students, advisors and partners work to give back to the Atlanta community.

A live link to a list of contests that are unable to volunteer for Community Service due to their required contest debrief can be found at

Additional details about the service project will be shared closer to NLSC on the SkillsUSA website.


As a CTE destination, SkillsUSA TECHSPO showcases the latest technology and its application by our future workforce, teachers, and experts. Over 200 exhibitors at SkillsUSA TECHSPO are placed alongside national career competitions and leadership sessions that are shaping and celebrating our nation’s career-ready students. Across three exhibition floors, interactive experiences inspire participants while industry connections are forged to enhance classrooms and develop the country’s talent pipeline.

As a result of participating in the TECHSPO, the SkillsUSA mission is achieved by ensuring that participants are able to engage in meaningful, mutually beneficial exhibit booth experiences that teach students skills and knowledge related to their industry of interest and build their network of student and industry experts.

Check the schedule in the NLSC App.

SkillsUSA University

SkillsUSA University is an Academy of Excellence initiative which offers all registered NLSC attendees a chance to learn directly from industry expert practitioners and gain field-specific skills which they can later incorporate into their classroom instruction.

There is no charge to attend sessions, as this program is included in NLSC registration for advisors and students. Check the NLSC App for session dates, times and locations.

SkillsUSA Academy of Excellence

The SkillsUSA Academy of Excellence is an initiative that offers NLSC educator attendees including advisors, teachers, administrators and counselors an opportunity for a wide selection of professional development training. SkillsUSA will offer up to 40 sessions over three days to help you develop in the areas such as Chapter management, Educational psychology, Mentorship, Classroom management, CTE, Work-based learning, and Resource implementation.

Dates: June 21-23, 2022

Sessions: Up to 40 sessions to choose from. Drop-in participation format.

Length: 60-90 minute per each session.

Fee: Included in NLSC Advisor registration.

Tracks include: New Teacher, Experienced Teacher, New Advisor, Experienced Advisor, School Administrator, and School Counselor

Academy of Excellence is an opportunity to: Gain and assess tangible skills in represented areas that are specific to your track, Enhance your classroom instruction or build your instructional style, Network with professionals in your field, Get access to additional field-specific resources, Receive a certificate of completion for the available skills, and Become engaged as a presenter and share your expertise.