District Conferences

This year, Michigan DECA will be hosting Virtual District Conferences.

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 their chosen competitive event.

Students may compete in individual or team events. Students will take an online test before the conference, and then compete in a role-play situation in front of a judge.


Dates and Deadlines for all District Conferences:

Registration Deadline – November 16, 2020

Online Testing for District Conferences – November 17-23, 2020

District Payment Due to Michigan DECA – December 16, 2020

Please note that chapter and/or school deadlines may be earlier than those posted here.  Please check with your Chapter Advisor for more information.


District 1 Conference – December 2, 2020
District 1 Award Session – January 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

District 2 Conference – December 3, 2020
District 2 Award Session – January 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

District 3 Conference – December 4, 2020
District 3 Award Session – January 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

District 4 Conference – December 9, 2020
District 4 Award Session – January 13, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

District 5 Conference – December 10, 2020
District 5 Award Session – January 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

District 6 Conference – December 11, 2020
District 6 Award Session – January 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

District 7 Conference – December 14, 2020
District 7 Award Session – January 14, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

District 8 Conference – December 15, 2020
District 8 Award Session – January 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.


Conference Reminders

Students need to sign the Delegate Code of Conduct and give them to the chapter advisor.

Even though students are participating in the conference remotely, the Michigan DECA Dress Code will still apply.

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 compete at the District Conference; they proceed directly to the State Conference.

Judges Needed
Judges are an integral part of the conference. Each chapter must supply one (1) judge for every ten (10) students registered.  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.

NEW FOR 2020-2021:  Judges cannot work the same conference as the chapter that recruited them.  When a chapter submits their registration, they will give three (3) dates for their Judges to be assigned.  They will be assigned to one day only, based on when your registration was received.

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.

The number of finalists attending the State Conference will be set according to the paid memberships in each district, by November 30.

After competition, and once scores are tabulated, Michigan DECA will mail medallions to chapter advisors.  We will host a Virtual Award Ceremony in January where the State Officers will announce the students that have won medallions.

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.

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.