State Leadership & Skills Conference

“SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now”

SkillsUSA Wisconsin is heading back to Madison, WI, April 25th-26th, 2023, for the 50th annual State Leadership and Skills Conference (SLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 2,000 individuals – including students, teachers, and industry partners – are expected to participate in the event.

Date: April 25th and April 26th, 2023

Location: Alliant Energy Center & Madison Area Technical College

Registration: The registration fee includes lunch on Wednesday, sessions, vendors, materials and supplies, and a conference pin. To register, go to the national registration website

For more information, including instructions on how to book your conference housing within the SkillsUSA hotel block, click here to download the 2023 registration packet.

Registration opens February 6th, 2023
Registration closes March 1st, 2023
SkillsUSA membership deadline (Any student registered as a member after March 1st will not be eligible to compete at nationals even if they are state winners.) March 1st, 2023
State officer candidate application packet due April 1st, 2023
Registration of state officers, state officer candidates, and voting delegates (max 2) due April 1st, 2023
State Leadership & Skills Conference fees due April 25th, 2023
Check-in (Alliant Energy Center – Hall D – Box Office) April 25th, 2023 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

  • Pay special attention to the contest updates found in the registration packet. For example, there are a few new contests and the State Pin Design Contest has changed.
  • The hands-on portion of the Culinary Arts contest will be held on April 14th at Waukesha County Technical College and requires a separate registration. This event is not free, but invoices will be associated with the later State Conference. Advisors of competitors will need to register their students for the Culinary Arts contest and the State Conference. The Culinary Arts written exam will take place at the State Conference. 
  • The contest matrix is an evolving document in that there are some contests that are pending. We wanted to provide you with the best, most current information we could at this time.
  • All contestants must turn in a copy of their resume at their contest briefing. 
  • Click here to review the official dress poster. Additional information regarding official dress can be found on individual technical standards documents.
    • For the state competition, black tennis shoes will be accepted for leadership and occupational contests.

3D Printing & DesignContest guidelines will be emailed to the advisors of registered students from
Additive ManufacturingContest details will be released shortly to all advisors of registered students. Model files will be due 1-2 weeks before the contest date and then judged at SLSC. Students can bring their own printed files, but we will also offer to print them and bring them to SLSC. There will be a written test. Students are allowed to share a computer with their teammates.
CabinetmakingAn informational packet has been emailed to advisors of registered students. Packages will be sent out by March 25th. Packages must be returned to the chair postmarked by April 21st.
Chapter DisplayThe topic to be addressed is the theme, “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now.”
Crime Scene InvestigationThis contest is on April 21st at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay.
Culinary ArtsThe hands-on portion will take place on April 14th at Waukesha County Technical College. The written test will take place at SLSC.
Industrial Motor ControlThis contest is on April 14th at Moraine Park Technical College.
Industrial RoboticsNew for 2023! For more information, contact chair Mike Dietrich, at
PhotographyClick here for more information on the Photography contest.

Precision Machining TechnologyClick here for more information on the Precision Machining Technology contest. From the chairperson: “We are running the contest as last year. The CAM programming portion will be with either Esprit or Master-Cam. No substitutes and no student can bring their own laptop with other software.”
Prepared SpeechThe topic to be addressed is the theme, “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now.”
Promotional Bulletin BoardThe topic to be addressed is the theme, “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now.”
Television (Video) ProductionThis contest is taking place virtually on April 14th.
WeldingHigh School: Click here for contest information.
Welding FabricationHigh School: Prints will be emailed to the advisors of registered students in late March/early April.
Woodworking DisplayThe technical standards for this state-only contest can be found at the bottom of this page.