District Conferences

To find out which district your chapter is in, check the Chapter Membership List.


TBA – District 3 Conference – We are hoping to have a date and location posted soon!
December 15 – District 8 Conference – Wayne County Community College, Taylor
December 17 – District 6 Conference, Lawrence Technological University
December 21 – District 1 Conference, Northwood University
January 4 – District 2 Conference, Ferris State University
January 6 – District 4 Conference, Eastern Michigan University
January 7 – District 5 Conference, Eastern Michigan University
January 8 – District 7 Conference, Lake Orion High School

Each year, DECA District Conferences give students their first opportunity to compete in chosen events and meet other members from their district.  Each of the eight Michigan districts holds a one day conference where the top performers in each category earn the right to compete at the Michigan DECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC) held annually, which will be in Detroit on March 10-12, 2022.

For new and returning DECA members, this conference is their first chance of the year to put their marketing and business knowledge to the test in the competitive events.  Aside from the competitions, students also get to meet and network with DECA members from neighboring schools and chapters.

Students may compete in individual or team events and work on written marketing projects. The students take an online test before the conference, and then compete in impromptu role-play situations in their chosen marketing career area.


Important Dates and Deadlines for all District Conferences:

Please note that chapter and/or school deadlines may be earlier than those posted here.  Please check with your Chapter Advisor for more information.
November 16 – District Conference Registration due via the Chapter Registration Portal
November 17-23 – Online Testing for District Conferences

Conference Reminders

Students need to sign the Delegate Code of Conduct and give them to the chapter advisor.  Forms must be brought with the Advisor to the conference.

Please refer to the Dress Code for more information.

Number of Competitors Allowed in Each Event
Chapters are limited to how many students they are allowed to register in each competitive event, which is based on the chapter’s membership.  See the chart on the Event Guidelines page.

Membership Policy
All students registered for the conference must be paid members of Michigan DECA. Advisors need to submit membership rosters are at least one week prior to their respective district conference. If a student registered for a conference does not attend, or drops out of the marketing education program prior to the conference for which they are registered, they are still required to pay the membership fee, and if necessary, a $5.00 late payment penalty per member.

Online Testing
Online testing will be utilized for all District Conference Comprehensive Exams.  The online test score will count as 1/3 of your overall competition score.  Once registered for the District Conference, students will be automatically registered for online testing for the test that corresponds to their competitive event.  Refer to the Online Testing webpage for more information.

Sample copies of the exams will be posted on DECA’s website for use as a practice exam here: http://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/high-school-competitive-events/

Written Events
No written events will start competition at the District Conference.

Chapters are required to have one adult for the first twenty (20) students, two adults for 21-50 students, three adults for 51-80 students, and then one additional adult for every 30 students.

All advisors and assistants will be assigned to help administer the competitive events. If a chapter wishes to have an adult available to chaperone students, they will need to bring additional individuals above the minimum number set above. These individuals must be noted on the registration form as chaperones, so they will not be assigned to assist with an event.

Chaperones and Event Assistants are in addition to any judges required by the conference.

Judges Needed
Judges are an integral part of the conference. Each District Conference sets a minimum number of judges that each chapter must secure in order to offer a quality experience for every student. This minimum number is communicated on the conference information memo that is sent for your district. If a chapter does not fulfill their minimum number of judges at the conference two (2) weeks prior to the conference date, the chapter will be charged $50 for each judge they are short. This fee includes judges that are no-shows at the conference. It is the chapter’s responsibility that your recruited judges attend and assist at the conference. Former students must have been out of high school for at least three (3) years before being allowed to serve as a judge.

Refunds will not be given after the conference registration date.

Event Changes
Once a student has taken the Comprehensive (online) Examination, and they wish to change events, they can only change to an event that takes the same exam that they have taken.

Medallions with yellow and blue ribbons will be awarded to the top scores in the comprehensive (online) exam and the judged competitive event.
Medallions with red, white, and blue ribbons will be presented to the top overall finalists in each competitive event. These individuals will be eligible to represent your district at the State Career Development Conference.

Number of finalists attending the State Conference will be set according to the paid memberships in each district, by November 30. This number will be announced to students by the Event Coordinator when you check in for your competitive event.

Advisors that submit student names for recognition at least one week prior to the conference for Bronze Merit Award will be recognized during the Award Ceremony, and mailed a certificate in April.

Each participant is expected to have a pen or pencil and a calculator for each event. Other items (workbooks, notebooks, handouts, etc.) are not allowed. Cell phones, smartphones, smartwatches, iPads, iPods, PDAs, programmable calculators and graphing calculators may not be used during competition, which includes during prep-time, waiting for judges, and during competition in role-play events.

Potential Candidates for State Officers
All students interested in running for State Office will be invited to attend a workshop at their district conference. No elections or speeches will take place at the conference.  Refer to the Running for Office page for more information.

Substitution Policy
Please be aware of Michigan DECA’s Substitution Policy before signing up for any team events. Students should understand that they will not be able to compete if one of them is unable for any reason to attend the next level of competition.

Complete information about the conference can be found in the Advisor’s Michigan DECA Guide. Also refer to the memo sent by your District Conference Chairperson.