SBE Chapter Certification Guidelines Available Now

August 10, 2021

Chapter certification due by January 10, 2022

The chapter certification guidelines and competition guidelines for the 2021-2022 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 (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 School-based Enterprise for your history.

Chapter Certification

Guidelines for chapter certification and chapter recertification are available here. The submission site will open on December 1, 2021. All projects have a submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on January 10, 2022.  

New SBE Certification

• If an SBE wishes to seek certification and hasn’t previously, the SBE must complete the full certification. Here are the 2021-2022 guidelines.

SBE Academy + Competition

The SBE Academy + Competition guidelines are now available. SBEs that earn gold certified or gold re-certified through DECA’s SBE Chapter Certification are eligible to send up to three members to participate in the SBE Academy + Competition during ICDC, pending approval from the chartered association advisor.

Individual Certification

The SBE Individual Certification is a great way to provide credibility and validation for your DECA program, your school-based enterprise, and your curriculum. Register your members to take this individual certification exam anytime from October to June.  Resources to help your students prepare are available here.

The exam is offered on a rolling basis from October through June – advisors simply sign up for the month they would like to administer the exam. The process is entirely online, and results and transcripts are sent directly to your school.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • SBE Week Monday, October 11 – Friday, October 15, 2021
  • SBE Individual Certification Testing:  October 2021 – June 2022
  • SBE Chapter Certification Submissions Due:  January 10, 2022


Debbie Taylor
Leadership Specialist

As DECA’s leadership specialist, Debbie implements a comprehensive student leadership program for both the high school and college divisions. She is responsible for the Emerging Leader Series, executive officer teams and elections, and student recognition programs like the Collegiate DECA Leadership Passport Program and DECA Emerging Leader Honor Award. Debbie has worked for DECA since 2019.

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