Chartered associations are one of the most valuable assets in providing resources and leadership to help local chapters.
Chartered associations are authorized by DECA Inc. to administer programs and services within a specific geographic area — such as a state, province or territory. Charters are issued by DECA Inc. separately for the high school and college divisions. Each state’s department of education holds the high school division charter. Collegiate charters are held either by state departments of education or a non-profit corporation. Each chartered association must meet criteria to remain in good standing and retain its charter.
All high school DECA chapters and collegiate DECA chapters (where applicable) belong to a chartered association, which is one of the most valuable assets in providing resources and leadership to help local chapters thrive.
High School Chartered Associations
Collegiate Chartered Associations
High School Chapters
The role of a chartered association
Identify a key leader, known as a chartered association advisor, who provides leadership and association management for the chartered association.
Implement programs and services for chapters within the chartered association that support the mission of DECA.
Provide key information regarding membership eligibility, dates and deadlines, conference registration, competitive events and other programs and services specific to the chartered association.
Provide ongoing support and communications to chapter advisors regarding local, district/regional and chartered association activities.
Implement an annual career development conference and lead the chartered association’s delegation to the International Career Development Conference.
Serve as a liaison between local chapters and DECA Inc.
While DECA Inc. produces guidelines for its Comprehensive Learning Program, competitive events, membership and other activities, some chartered associations modify them to best fit their association, so it’s advised to contact your association advisor for more information.