DECA Members Have Opportunity to Earn Industry Certifications at ICDC

Over the past few years, more and more graduation requirements have been placed upon high school students. One of these common requirements is that students must obtain an industry certification or credential in order to graduate, depending on the diploma the student seeks. 

DECA is actively seeking opportunities for partnerships with credentialing organizations to assist members in obtaining industry certifications. DECA is pleased to announce new opportunities for members attending the International Career Development Conferences (ICDCs) in Orlando, Florida.

As a result of their participation in DECA’s Competitive Events Program, DECA members may have opportunities to earn recognized industry certifications in several areas:

1. Financial Literacy Certification through a new partnership with Working in Support of Education (w!se).  w!se’s Financial Literacy Certification Program was developed in 2003 and has expanded nationally and has been widely recognized for its success, including the U.S. Treasury Department’s John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education. 

DECA members taking the Financial Literacy Exam at ICDC who score at least 70% will be eligible for w!se’s Financial Literacy Certification. 

Learn more about w!se at

2. Certified Guest Services Professional (CGSP) Certification through a new partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). 

DECA members taking the Hospitality and Tourism Cluster Exam at ICDC who score at least 70% will be eligible for AHLEI’s Certified Guest Services Professional Certification.

Learn more about AHLEI at

3. Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS) Certification* offered by AHLEI . The Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS) Certification is only available to Collegiate DECA members. A time in position requirement will be upheld for Collegiate DECA members exempting out of the CHS exam. In accordance with the CHS pre-requisites, a member will need to be in the qualifying position for 3-months before obtaining the CHS designation. A voucher will be mailed to all Collegiate DECA members who purchase the CHS.  The voucher will exempt the member from the CHS examination and serve as payment receipt. The voucher, coupled with their employment verification documentation, will be submitted to AHLEI in order to award the member the designation of Certified Hospitality Supervisor. 

Ordering Process

DECA is creating an online, centralized hub to facilitate the certification process between all parties involved.  Exam data from the ICDCs will be uploaded to the online hub/marketplace.  DECA advisors will be able to go to a specified webpage to order certification materials for their students with scores above 70% on the exams.


DECA members will receive steeply discounted rates compared to the general public.

  • w!se’s Financial Literacy Certification will cost DECA members $7 compared to w!se’s pricing of $10-$12.
  • AHLEI’s Certified Guest Services Professional (CGSP) Certification will cost DECA members $20 compared to AHLEI’s pricing of $50 for AHLEI members and $70 for non-members.
  • AHLEI’s Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS) Certification will cost Collegiate DECA members $40 compared to AHELI’s pricing of $80 for AHELI members and $100 for non-members.

Delivery of Certification Materials

DECA advisors will receive certification materials for their members via:

  • Email from w!se
  • USPS from AHLEI

More information will be shared publicly as soon as the online hub/marketplace is developed.   

Beginning in 2015-2016, certification opportunities will also exist at the chartered association testing level. 

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