International Career Development Conference

Atlanta, Georgia

April 20-25, 2018

Each year, the DECA International Career Development Conference gives students the opportunity to meet and compete with thousands of other DECA members from around the world who have shown to be the best at their District and State conferences, and now have earned the chance to compete at the highest level of DECA competition!

After participating in competitive events during the day, students will have time to socialize with other members from around the world, meet and network with influential business leaders at their vendor booths, and explore Atlanta.

But wait, there’s more!

There are opportunities for members to develop your occupational and leadership skills as well as meet other fun and energetic DECA members, all while having fun!

At the closing session of the conference, hundreds of trophies and thousands of dollars in scholarships will be presented to outstanding DECA members who helped make this year’s conference a memorable success.

The DECA International Career Development Conference gives you the opportunity to meet DECA members from around the world, interact with important business professionals, and compete to win scholarships and awards at DECA’s highest level of competition!

Our Michigan Registration package includes:

  • Conference registration
  • Michigan DECA hoodie
  • State spirit items (Tie/scarf and pins)
  • Four day MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) pass. Chapters that upgrade to a 7 day pass will be mailed to chapters before the conference. Otherwise passes will be distributed with registration materials.
  • DECA Concert with Andy Grammer on Monday, April 23 at 8:30pm
  • Atlanta CityPass booklet, which includes admission to:
    1. Georgia Aquarium
    2. World of Coca-Cola
    3. CNN studio tour
    4. Choice of either Zoo Atlanta -OR- the Center for Civil and Human Rights
    5. Choice of either Fernback Museum of Natural History -OR- College Football Hall of Fame


Opening Session will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018
Award Sessions for International competition and scholarships will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Emerging Leader Academies
Because of the demand for delegates to attend the Emerging Leaders Academies, Michigan DECA has developed an application process for selecting delegates to represent Michigan DECA at the Academies. The application deadline is February 1, 2018. Individuals selected to represent Michigan DECA will be announced at the State Conference.

Registration refunds will only be given if the request is submitted on the official State Refund Request Form, is received prior to the conference, and if a refund is available from DECA Inc. and/or the hotel. The sooner the written request is received, the larger the refund.

Reserved Seating at General Sessions
All Michigan Delegates (students and advisors) are required to attend the Opening and Closing Sessions. Our delegation will be assigned seats for the Opening and Closing Sessions. Seating charts will be available when you receive your registration materials.

Required Activities
As stated in the delegate code of conduct, all students and advisors are required to attend conference sessions. Chapters that do not attend or leave the opening session early will risk being placed on probation and not being allowed to attend the next years International Conference.

Code of Conduct Form
Each delegate, both student and adult, must sign the Code of Conduct Form. These forms are to be brought to the International Conference by the Chapter Advisor. Do not send them to the Michigan DECA office. Each advisor must sign a release stating that they have a completed form for each delegate and will bring the forms to the conference. It is recommended that these forms be notarized for out-of-state travel.

One adult advisor must attend for every five (5) student delegates. This policy is in place to ensure proper supervision and management of conference activities. All advisors are required to assist with a competitive event. Additionally, the adult advisor must assist with supervision of the delegates, by conducting room checks after curfew.

All hotel reservations MUST be made through Michigan DECA. Parents and family members are welcome to stay with Michigan DECA in our assigned hotel, but they are considered part of the Michigan delegation, so they must also register for the conference and pay the registration fee. They will need to be included on the chapter’s registration form and adhere to the same deadlines.

Michigan DECA will be staying at the Westin Peachtree Plaza at 210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Only Michigan DECA members who qualified at the State Conference in their competitive event, selected members attending the Leadership Academies, along with incoming and outgoing state officers, are eligible to attend at the International Career Development Conference.

DECA Blazers Are Required
DECA Blazers will be required for competition at the International Conference. Please plan on purchasing from DECA Images if you need one.

Proper business attire is required at all sessions. Refer to the International Conference Dress Code.

Each competitor must bring their own calculator for international competition. Cell phones, PDAs, programmable and graphing calculators may not be used as calculators.

Cell Phones
No cell phone use will be allowed during competition, workshops, sessions or academies. You cannot use the calculator function on your cellphone, smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch. Using any of these electronic devices during prep time, waiting for the judges or during competition will result in disqualification! You also cannot bring any notes/notebooks, workbooks or handouts with you into your prep time or competition.

Conference Assistance
To have a successful conference, National DECA needs each advisor to assist at least one day while at the conference. All Chaperones are also required to assist with the management of the conference. Chaperones can request to serve as a competitive event judge, or assist with Michigan DECA events.

If any business person(s) will be traveling to the conference with your chapter, please let Michigan DECA know if they are available to judge at the conference. A registration credit will be given for each judge.


Planning Ahead? Future dates and locations:

  • April 26-May 1, 2019 – Orlando, Florida
  • April 28-May 3, 2020 – Nashville, Tennessee
  • April 23-28, 2021 – Anaheim, California
  • April 22-27, 2022 – Atlanta, Georgia
  • April 21-26, 2023 – Orlando, Florida