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 Career and Technical Education and its importance.
Describe how DECA continues to be a highly recognized Career and Technical Student Organization.
Identify how to advocate for career and technical education.
Convey DECA’s impact on knowledge and skill attainment, academic preparation, 21st Century Skills mastery and college and career plans.
Utilize data to illustrate DECA’s impact on cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education.
Communicate how DECA members are more engaged, graduate at higher rates and are more prepared for college- and career- readiness.

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  Not necessary  Prerequisite (PQ) 0-1 Career-Sustaining (CS) 2-3 Specialist (SP) 4+ Mastery (MA) 5+ No opinion
Illustrate how DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program supports educational initiatives at the local, state and national levels.
Identify engagement opportunities with educational partners.
Demonstrate how DECA uses project management tools in the classroom and DECA’s Project Management Events to support Career Clusters, National Curriculum Standards and 21st Century Skills.
Demonstrate how DECA utilizes 21 Century Skills development to help students understand the nature of business ethics, recognize and respond to ethical dilemmas and assess the long-term impact of actions on others.
Demonstrate how DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program helps teachers engage students in project-based learning (PBL) while teaching and reinforcing curriculum.

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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?