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Join more than 200,000 high school members in 5,000 classrooms in 3,500 schools across the world who are preparing for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship.

You’ll have the opportunity to become an academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leader through participation in DECA activities at the local, chartered association and international levels.

From community service projects, competitive events, educational conferences, leadership positions, networking and social media, you’ll attain the knowledge and skills you need to be college and career ready.

Simply ask your local DECA advisor at your school how to join your chapter today!

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DECA is more than competitions, blazers and medallions. Joining DECA is the first step you can take towards achieving your goals and realizing your greatest potential. Start your #IamDECA journey today!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHO CAN BE A DECA MEMBER?

DECA membership is available to students with career interests in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and management in grades nine through twelve. DECA membership is also open to DECA advisors, alumni and professional members. Students who are in college may join Collegiate DECA. All DECA members must register through an official local chapter, and each chartered association may have additional membership guidelines.

WHO SHOULD JOIN DECA?

All students who participate in DECA activities at the local, district, chartered association and/or international levels should pay chartered association and DECA Inc. dues. These activities include, but are not limited to, conferences, competitive events, online challenges, scholarship applications and more. Board policy states that all members, including advisors, must pay membership dues.

WHAT ARE MEMBERSHIP DUES?

DECA Inc. membership dues are $8 USD per person (student, advisor, alumni and professional) plus appropriate chartered association dues. The list of dues is available and automatically appears for your chartered association in the online membership system.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN DECA MEMBERSHIP?

In addition to an official membership card and pin, DECA members have exclusive access to all of the college and career preparation opportunities DECA provides. These include four issues of DECA Direct magazine, participation in DECA’s Competitive Events Program to demonstrate their knowledge and earn recognition, opportunities to attend conferences designed to prepare them for college and careers, access to $300,000 in scholarships and more. DECA membership is for one school year, culminating June 30 of each year.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING MEMBERSHIP?

DECA membership is open year-round; however, DECA encourages all chapters to activate their chapter by submitting initial membership by November 15. This ensures that the chapter continues to receive communication, publications and services from DECA Inc. The deadline for members to be eligible to compete at the International Career Development Conference is March 1. Each chartered association may have earlier membership deadlines.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF MEMBERS NEEDED ON A ROSTER?

The minimum chapter size is ten (10) student members and one (1) advisor (or any combination of 11 paid members). The only exception is in the case of a new or reactivated chapter, which has two years to obtain the minimum chapter size. In this case, please contact Michael Mount.

WHO IS AN ALUMNI MEMBER?

Alumni members are individuals who have graduated and wish to remain involved with the program by paying the appropriate DECA Inc. and chartered association dues. Alumni members receive a pin and card, one-year subscription to DECA Direct (if a current address is provided) and the value of supporting an organization that has impacted them and additional emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Alumni members should join through their local chapter.

Practice key leadership skills such as goal setting, consensus building and project management. Join more than 200,000 high school members in 5,000 classrooms in 3,500 schools across the world who are preparing for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship.