High School

DECA International Career Development Conference

The DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) is the culmination of the DECA year. More than 23,000 high school students, teacher-advisors, business professionals and alumni gather for several days of DECA excitement.

April 26-29, 2025
Orlando, FL


Competitive Events

More than 10,000 DECA members demonstrate their college and career knowledge and skills by participating in DECA’s Competitive Events Program. They are finalists from their chartered associations hoping to be named an international champion.

Emerging Leader Series

Thousands of members participate in DECA’s Emerging Leader Series to attain 21st Century Skills in the areas of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.

College + Career Exhibits

Searching for the perfect institution to start your post-secondary studies? Want to discuss career opportunities? Looking to expand the product line for your school-based enterprise? More than 100 exhibits will be waiting!

And Much More!

From the School-based Enterprise Academy to Executive Officer Campaigns to Advisor Professional Learning, DECA’s ICDC brings together the best of the best to culminate a successful DECA academic year.

Classroom Connection

Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom

DECA’s International Career Development Conference supports key educational initiatives.

  • Career Clusters
  • National Curriculum Standards
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Project-based Learning
  • Personal Financial Literacy


Advisor Professional Learning

  • This Is How DECA's Competitive Events Connect to Curriculum
  • This Is How We Develop a Chapter Strategy
  • This Is How We Connect to Business
  • This Is How We Empower Chapter Leader Teams
  • This Is How We Create a Chapter Brand
  • Competitive Events Update


Key Information

Get ready to immerse yourself in this educational experience! The information below will guide you through the registration process.


Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Registration Deadline

Registration information will be available in the 2024-2025 school year.

  • Housing reservations for DECA’s International Career Development Conference are made by the chapter advisor with the chartered association advisor, who then submits the housing reservations to the chartered association's assigned hotel.
  • All attendees must stay in the official DECA property assigned to the chartered association delegation in order to participate in DECA’s International Career Development Conference.
  • All attendees must be a registered guest each night of the conference in his or her assigned DECA hotel, for a minimum of four nights, beginning with the night of the opening session.


Get to Orlando

With over 100+ attractions across the city and seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is unlike any other destination full of unforgettable experiences waiting for you to explore. After your DECA activities have wrapped for the day, escape to a world of imagination and fantasy that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.


Get Involved

Each of DECA’s educational conferences has unique opportunities to engage our volunteers and partners. Learn how you can connect and engage with DECA members and advisors.

Frequently Asked Questions


Key Contacts

If you need more information, please reach out to our key conference contacts.

Christy Rutherford
Educational Programs
Kylie Knudsen
Registration Information
Hotel Reservation Information
Cindy Allen
Sponsorships and Exhibits
Whitney Milbourne
Volunteer Opportunities
Online Testing Questions

Future Dates

DECA International Career Development Conference

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  • April 25-28, 2026 | Atlanta, Georgia
  • April 17-20, 2027 | Anaheim, California
  • April 22-25, 2028 | Orlando, Florida
  • April 27-30, 2030 | Anaheim, California