Saturday, January 12th | 9:00am-2pm | UNLV Student Union

One Day Conference. Intense Competition Training

UNLV Collegiate DECA will be coordinating the fifth annual Nevada DECA Las Vegas Competition Academy to allow high school members and advisors an opportunity to be trained for competition, practice role play scenarios, and receive interactive judge feedback. This event will take place on Saturday, January 12th and will be hosted on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. If you have any additional questions please email us at [email protected]


Final registration deadline is Thursday, January 10th.
No cancellations (only substitutions) will be permitted after the final deadline.


Advisors: Please download the below documents and fill out with your member’s competition information. All completed documents must be attached to the registration form when submitted. Please DO NOT mail your payment to UNLV DECA.

When arriving to campus, the day of the competition, please head to the registration table on the 2nd floor of the Student Union to pay your invoice and pick up your chapter welcome package. Students will not be given any event materials without prior approval.

The $15 per person registration fee includes:

  • Competition Registration
  • Workshop Materials
  • Lunch
  • Awards & Prizes

Advisors and Chaperones will each receive a comped registration fee.

Advisors, you can register as many students as you want with the registration excel.

Attending the Competition Academy?

Here are a few tips to help you through the day.

  • Come dressed to impress! Blazers are highly suggested but not required
  • Bring all your competitive event materials with you.
  • Mobile Devices are highly encouraged in all sessions but must be on silence
  • If you are not competing you should be attending a session, NO EXCUSES!
  • All sessions will be in the Student Union, DO NOT leave this areas without advisor approval

Frequently Asked Questions

Principles of Business Administration Events (1 participant – 10 minute prep – 10 minute presentation)
PBM: Principles of Business Management and Administration
PFN: Principles of Finance
PHT: Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
PMK: Principles of Marketing


Individual Series Events (1 participant – 10 minute prep – 10 minute presenatation)

AAM: Aparel and Accessories Marketing
BFS: Business Finance
BSM: Business Services Marketing
ENT: Entreprenuership
HLM: Hotel & Lodging Management
HRM: Human Resources Management
MCS: Marketing Communications Services
QSRM: Quick Serve Restaurant Management
RMS: Retail Merchandising
SEM: Sports & Entertainment Marketing


Team Decision Making Events (2 participants – 30 minute prep – 15 minute presentation)
BLTDM: Business Law and Ethics
ETDM: Entrepreneurship
HTDM: Hospitality Services
MTDM: Marketing Communications
TTDM: Travel and Tourism

A student can only register for one role-play event.

There are a few significant differences:

1) Limited competitive event categories
2) Live feedback from your judge at the end of the competition
3) Curtis Haley from Tri Leadership/Nevada DECA will be providing a competition training session for all attendees.
4) Awards will be not be in a 1st, 2nd, 3rd designation

Students: Please consult your adviser for how to pay for the conference.

Advisors: Please bring a check made payable to “UNLV DECA”, on the day of the competition.

The DECA blazer is always the best option for competition however we understand that some schools may not purchase their blazer’s for competition until the spring. All competitors must be dressed in business professional to compete.

Some of your best resources are on Nevada DECA website and in articles published on DECA Direct. Exams will not be administered for competition points however it couldn’t hurt to review your business and marketing terms prior to attending. Most of the exam terms often appear in the role play scenarios.

If your school is coming via bus please park in the lot near the Thomas and Mack Center. Otherwise, parking on the weekend is free of charge and does not require a permit. The closest parking to the event is in the Student Union parking lot. Do not park in reserved areas as those parking spaces are monitored 24/7. Suggested parking lots can be found in the registration packet or by viewing the UNLV Parking Map.

Not to fear. All sessions and competition room will be on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. There will be signs posted to guide you.

Absolutely NOT! This is intended as an opportunity for competition practice. The Las Vegas competition academy will provide you a real-live experience similar to the Nevada DECA State Career Development Conference and will help you see how prepared you are in your DECA competitive event. Nevada DECA competition qualifications will still be enforced at the State Career Development Conference.

We will not be having a 1st, 2nd, 3rd winner however we will be having an awards ceremony. All competitors who have scored a combine total of 70 or above for their competitive event category will receive a DECA medallion keychain on the award stage.