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 how DECA’s Competitive Events Program directly supports the mission of preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.
Explain how DECA’s competitive events are industry-validated and aligned with National Curriculum Standards.
Explain the components of DECA’s Competitive Events.
Assist students in understanding the three broad categories of competitive events – role-play events, written and prepared events and online events.
Assist students in identifying the competitive event that best matches their career interests and knowledge and skills.
Explain the components of DECA’s role-plays and case studies.
Use DECA’s role-plays and case studies as teaching tools to provide relevant, meaningful problems to solve.
Use corresponding role-plays and case studies as learning tools when teaching instructional areas.
Integrate online competitive events into classroom instruction.
Prepare a class evaluation using standards-based evaluation from DECA’s role-plays.
Prepare students to participate in a written component such as an exam or report.
Prepare students to participate in an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge.
Use written and prepared events to facilitate learning through a written classroom project than can then become a DECA written entry.
Use online business simulations for members to compete against other members in their re-gion from their classroom seats.
Enter student members into competitive events and coach them to be prepared.
Explain how DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to students being college and career when they graduate from high school.

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