Advisor professional learning standards provide clear and specific performance expectations for DECA chapter advisors and will provide DECA a framework to design its advisor training programs. We are asking chapter advisors to identify where in the DECA advisor career continuum the standard would be first demonstrated/needed by the advisor. Descriptions of the career continuums are provided for you.

Prerequisite (PQ):
  • Employability and job-survival skills and concepts as a beginning DECA advisor.
  • Advisors with 0-1 years of experience
Career-Sustaining (CS):
  • Skills and knowledge needed for continued employment as a DECA advisor based on the application of basic curriculum and instruction techniques.
  • Advisors with 2-3 years of experience
Specialist (SP):
  • In-depth, solid understanding and skill development in all aspects of serving as a DECA advisor.
  • Advisors with 4+ years of experience
Mastery (MA):
  • Expert understanding of the concept that can only be gained with multiple experiences; can explain, demonstrate and model for other chapter advisors.
  • Advisors with 5+ years of experience


  1. The Advisor Professional Learning Standards is comprised of six main categories. The entire document is available here if you wish to quickly review it for context. 
  2. In order to facilitate the highest-quality review possible, we have divided the categories into smaller parts for review. Your survey provides you with a specific part of the standards document to review and provide feedback.
  3. Based on your experience, please identify where in the career continuum each learning standard is the best fit. If you do not think the professional learning standard is necessary, please mark "Not Necessary." If you do not have experience with the standard or prefer not to respond, please mark "No opinion."

If you have any questions, please e-mail Dr. Michelle Walker, DECA Professional Learning Consultant.

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  Not necessary  Prerequisite (PQ) 0-1 Career-Sustaining (CS) 2-3 Specialist (SP) 4+ Mastery (MA) 5+ No opinion
Explain the purpose of DECA in an elevator statement.
Explain the role of the local chapter.
Explain the role of the chartered association.
Explain the role of DECA Inc.
Explain the relationship between the local chapter, chartered association and DECA Inc.
Identify the criteria of a DECA chapter and eligibility for membership at all levels.
Identify key dates and deadlines at all levels.
Explain the use of DECA’s membership portal.
Explain the resources provided at and
Explain how DECA is a co-curricular component of education.

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  Not necessary  Prerequisite (PQ) 0-1 Career-Sustaining (CS) 2-3 Specialist (SP) 4+ Mastery (MA) 5+ No opinion
Identify DECA’s mission statement.
Explain DECA’s guiding principles.
Describe the importance of the DECA attributes and values.
Analyze how DECA’s mission statement and guiding principles work together to explain our methodology and desired outcomes.
Explain the visual elements of the DECA logo.
Apply the acceptable use policy of the trademarked official DECA logos and brand guidelines.
Understand the terms identified in the DECA Glossary and use them appropriately.
Describe the history of DECA.

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* 3. Please provide any additional suggestions or feedback for the advisor professional learning standards above. Also, if you believe there should be any additional performance indicators related to these standards, please share.

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* 5. How many years have you served as a DECA advisor?