2024-2025 SBE Chapter Certification Guidelines Available Now

May 21, 2024

SBE Chapter Certifications are due January 14, 2025

The chapter certification guidelines and competition guidelines for the 2024-2025 school year are now available.

Recertification vs. Certification

When a school-based enterprise achieves certification at the gold level, they can apply to be gold re-certified for four additional years by submitting the appropriate documentation as outlined in the guidelines. After five years (one year of initial gold certification plus four additional years of re-certification), the SBE must complete the original gold certification process to be eligible for the gold-level certification award. There is no option for re-certifying at the bronze or silver level. You can check the status of your SBE in the Online Membership System. In the menu, click SBE Certification History.

Chapter Certification

The SBE Certification and Re-Certification submission site will open on Monday, December 2, 2024. All projects have a submission deadline of 11:59 p.m. on January 14, 2025.

When an SBE achieves certification at the gold level, they can apply to be gold re-certified for four additional years by submitting the appropriate documentation. Here are the 2024-2025 Re-Certification Guidelines.

New SBE Certification

If an SBE wishes to seek certification and hasn’t previously, the SBE must complete the full certification. Here are the 2024-2025 Gold Chapter Certification Guidelines.

A School-based Enterprise Gold Certification Sample Manual is available and encompasses both retail and food operations from various SBEs. This is meant to give advisors and SBE managers some examples using excerpts from previous SBE manuals that have earned gold certification.  

SBE Academy + Competition

The 2024-2025 Competition Guidelines are now available. The competition topic for 2025 is product/service management. SBEs that earn gold chapter certification or gold re-certification through DECAs SBE Chapter Certification are eligible to send up to two members to participate in the SBE Academy + Competition during ICDC, pending approval from the chartered association advisor.


SBE Week: Monday, September 30 – Friday, October 4, 2024

SBE Chapter Certification Submissions Due: January 14, 2025

SBE Academy at ICDC, Orlando, FL: Sunday, April 26, 2025

SBE Competition at ICDC, Orlando, FL: Monday, April 27, 2025


Debbie Taylor
Leadership Manager

Debbie Taylor is DECA's leadership manager. In this role, she implements a comprehensive student leadership program for both the high school and college divisions. She is responsible for the Emerging Leader Series, student recognition programs and leads the DECA Inc. executive officer teams and elections.

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