2020-2021 District Event Instructional Areas Announced

Oct 5, 2020

This year, in light of COVID-19, DECA Inc. has provided chartered associations with two sets of district scenarios — a virtual set and a traditional (in-person) set. Please check with your chartered association advisor regarding how your district competition will be held this year.

Each year DECA provides the primary instructional area(s) assessed in each of the district-level scenarios to help advisors and members prepare for district competitions more effectively. DECA members are encouraged to focus on the instructional areas on which they’ll be assessed at their first level of competition each school year. However, DECA members must have knowledge of content in all instructional areas for the exam.

Instructional areas for state/provincial and the DECA International Career Development Conference competition will not be announced prior to those competitions.

The 2020-2021 District Scenario Primary Instructional Areas for both the virtual and traditional sets may be accessed here.

In order to maintain the integrity of DECA’s Competitive Events Program, the following scenario copyright and integrity agreement has been in place.

  1. Any chapter which violates DECA’s exam or scenario distribution and use policy will not be allowed to participate in the current school year’s chartered association conference or the International Career Development Conference.
  2. If any exams or scenarios are posted on a chapter or chartered association website in a way outside of the distribution and use policy, the chartered association will not be eligible to purchase exams or receive scenarios from DECA Inc. for a period of one year for the first offense.
  3. Chartered associations are receiving competitive event scenarios for one-time use (only) as part of the 2020-2021 DECA Competitive Events Program.
  4. Competitive event scenarios may not be banked nor re-used to develop other scenarios. Competitive event scenarios must be used only as distributed by DECA Inc.
  5. Competitive event scenarios may not be edited nor rewritten for any purpose. (Derivative works are controlled by U.S. copyright law and are generally not allowed without express permission.)
  6. Chartered associations may duplicate competitive event scenarios as needed for individual students competing in DECA’s 2020-2021 Competitive Events Program.
  7. Chartered associations agree that all competitive event scenarios will be collected and destroyed after one-time use.
  8. Chartered associations may retain one file copy for reference purposes only.
  9. Under no circumstances may competitive event scenarios, in whole or in part, be published or posted on any website.
  10. These copyright restrictions also apply to local chapters.
  11. Chartered associations may distribute completed evaluation forms with scores at their discretion following the district and state/provincial conferences.
  12. For the 2020-2021 school year, the virtual set of role-plays and case studies can be posted on a password-protected website for a finite period of time set by the chartered association. The files must be deleted from the file server immediately following the conference.


Christopher Young, CAE
Chief Program Officer

Christopher Young, CAE, is DECA's chief program officer. In this role, he devises and leads organizational strategies and growth initiatives, including innovative student and advisor learning programs focused on ultimately preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

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