State Conference Guide

State Conference Guide



Attendance Eligibility

All DECA members (State and National dues paid) are eligible to attend the State Career Development Conference. This must be done prior to the state conference. Each student attending shall be an active member of DECA, have approval of school administration, chapter advisor, and a parent or guardian unless the student is of legal age

Delegate Conduct and Medical Information

All students attending the SLC must complete a Delegate Conduct and Medical Form. Advisors need to have a copy of the form with them during the state conference.

Adult Code of Conduct

All advisors or adult chaperones are required to read and sign the Adult Code of Conduct Form. Please turn in a copy at Headquarters during the state conference.

Activities Verification Form – NMAA

Each school must complete an Activities Verification of Eligibility prior to the state conference.  This form, attached to a roster of participating students, should be signed by a school administrator and submitted to the NMAA (505-923-3114 FAX) prior to state competition.


Please use the online housing located in your online registration. Once submitted the form will automatically be emailed to the hotel. Housing registration and the Incidental Agreement and Credit Card Authorization Form are due by January 25.

Room costs are: $119 + 13.875 % tax = $135.52 for ALL rooms (Tax subject to change after January 1)

The Hotel Albuquerque will not accept PO’s as a method of payment.  Payment must be prior to check in or rooms will not be available.  Please make appropriate arrangements with your business office. Contact Kelly at the Hotel Albuquerque (505) 222-8701 or if you need an invoice prior to the conference.

Reservation Office hours are:
Monday-Friday 7am-8pm
Saturday 9am-5:30pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

To receive the group rate, guests must state that they would like to be placed within the “2020 DECA State Career Development Conference” block of rooms.

Registration Information

Each local advisor is responsible for completing the online registration.  January 24 is the registration deadline.  Questions regarding DECA SLC registration should be directed to Debi Cline at

Registration is $65 per person attending for schools located in Albuquerque (who are not staying at the conference hotel) and $45 per person for the out of town schools (staying at the conference hotel).  The registration fee includes the competitive events, leadership activities, facilities rental, audio visual, conference materials, printing, awards, and State Officer expenses during the conference.  There will be a late fee of $10 per person for any late registration and a $10 cancellation fee will be charged per person for any drops after January 31.

Special Event 

NM DECA fun night at Main Event located at 4040 Pan American Fwy, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Join us for 4 hours of DECA fun and networking with friends. Tuesday, February 25.

Bowling, Gravity Ropes, Laser Tag, Billiard’s, Shuffle Board, and a 1 hour Arcade time card. Tickets will be $20.00 each. (This includes transportation to and from the event.)

Option 1 – Event Ticket price included with your registration.  Updated registration codes below:

  • ESM – Enhanced student registration – Student participant staying at the hotel and Special Event ticket – $65.00
  • ES – Enhanced student registration – Student participant not staying at the hotel and Special Event ticket – $85.00

Option 2 – Purchase event tickets separately.

To add this to your registration, click on (item) next to each student’s name OR you can all the tickets under the advisor name.

Competitive Events

Students may enter no more than one (1) event. DECA Promotion Event and Quiz Bowl do not count as one of the events a student may enter.

Each student will be REQUIRED to show their schedule card as form of identification upon check in for preliminary contests.

All entries will be verified with the lists of winners submitted from the District Contests.  If you have a contestant that cancels after registering, please send it to A cancellation fee of $10.00 per student will be charged after January 31.  UPON NOTIFICATION, ALL CHANGES ARE FINAL.

All events changes must be emailed to no later than January 31.

Written Events

Written Projects postmarked or shipped by January 24, 5:00 pm. Send priority mail or UPS (no Fed Ex)  to:

Debi Cline
1634 Betts Ct, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

Written Events Instructions

Please note that Professional SellingHospitality & Tourism Professional Selling and Financial Consulting also require additional information for the state conference.

DECA Promotion Event

Any DECA member may enter this event.  This does not count as one of the two events a student may enter for a state competition.  Each chapter may enter one (1) participant in this event. Information on the DECA Promotion Event (Code NMDECA) may be found online.

Quiz Bowl

NM DECA Quiz Bowl is intended to stimulate and motivate teams of students to test their acquired knowledge on topics and situations to marketing education programs. This does not count as one of the two events a student may enter for a state competition. Please refer to the Quiz Bowl guidelines for number of teams that you can enter from your school.  Additional information found online or HERE. (Code NMDECA)

State Banner Contest

All participants and banners must be checked-in by 5:00 pm on Thursday night in Franciscan Ballroom for judging.  Please refer to the State Banner Contest rules and regulations or visit HERE. (Code NMDECA)

State and National Officer Candidates

Any member planning to run for state or national office must complete the NM DECCA State Candidate Handbook and CTSO Officer Application.  Completed applications must be submitted to the DECA State Office. Deadline December 1.


Joyce Armijo Honorary Scholarship applications are due January 15.  Mail all applications to the DECA State Office.  Applications can be found online.


All chapter advisors will be required to help during the state conference. Work assignments can be found online. Please print a copy and know the time and location to report. In addition, advisors will have the opportunity to receive professional development through networking, workshops, and observing competitive event processes. Thank you for your help.


Your chapter and career technical education in general can use good publicity. Use participation in the State Conference to generate some positive publicity. Who’s going? Where? When? Why?  Chapter advisors figure prominently in the publicity of the conference. We look to you to provide advanced stories to your local newspapers and pictures or slides to local television stations. Alert the contact persons that you will phone information back from the conference about your students.


An Insurance policy is carried which covers each person registered for the conference. If you have an injury—contact the DECA Staff at the conference headquarters (Sandia Boardroom).


Christine Phipps
Chartered Association Director
(575) 562-4729