Competitive Events

Involvement in FCCLA's Competitive Events programs offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life necessary in families, communities, and workplaces. Members can demonstrate family and consumer sciences skills, career skills, and interpersonal skills through the following competitive events:


Competitive Events Guide and Related Resources

Click here to access STAR Events resources, case studies, Q&A guide, and additional resources!


Knowledge Matters Pilot


New! FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge - Personal Finance PILOT competition

The FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge - Personal Finance is a FREE competition sponsored by Knowledge Matters and FCCLA. During spring 2016, this will be offered as a pilot event.

In order to establish a team, ADVISER ACCOUNTS must be created. This must be completed no later than February 1, 2016. Adviser will need to log in to approve their registered teams. In order to participate, advisers must provide the necessary contact information to Knowledge Matters in order for their adviser account to be created. Please use this online submission form.

Team registration for the FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) - Personal Finance will begin at 10:00 AM EST on February 29. Chapter members may visit on February 29 to register and participate in this totally interactive technological competition. FCCLA members will use highly visual simulation software to compete for a chance to win scholarship money. Affiliated FCCLA members in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate.

Participants will be using a free competition version of the Virtual Business - Personal Finance classroom simulation to compete. This competition is a completely web-based event. No software downloads or installation is required. Members may participate on teams of one to three team members. All team members must register in order to participate. For more details on the program students will be using to compete, please click here.

There is no fee to compete in this event. The dates for the pilot event are March 14, 10:00AM EST - April 1, 5:00PM EST.

For more details and rules regarding the FCCLA VBC, please visit the Knowledge Matters website.


FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl

The FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl is a three-level, team competition that challenges students' knowledge of all aspects of:

  • Personal Finance
  • Consumer Rights and Responsibilities (to include Family, Career & Community Studies)
  • Technology (to include Fashion & Housing Design)
  • Health & Safety (to include Food Science & Nutrition and Early Childhood & Human Development)
  • Environment (to include Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation)
  • FCCLA Knowledge


This event is co-sponsored by FCCLA and LifeSmarts. Visit to register your team for competition!




Skill Demonstration Events

Skill Demonstration Events provide opportunities for members to demonstrate college and career-ready skills in family and consumer sciences and related occupations.


STAR Events

STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. STAR Events offer individual skill development and application of learning through the following activities-

  • Cooperative - teams work to accomplish specific goals
  • Individualized - members work alone to accomplish specific goals
  • Competitive - individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria


Competitive Events Advisory Team

FCCLA's Competitive Events program continues to improve, innovate and grow thanks to the many suggestions from advisers, members, and state associations. Members of the Competitive Events Advisory Team (CEAT) and Culinary Arts Advisory Council provide guidance to the program. State advisers, chapter advisers and members interested in serving on CEAT are encouraged to complete a CEAT nomination form.

  • Lead Coordinator: Deborah Will (VA)
  • Assistant Lead Coordinator: Brandon Hudson (TN)
  • Past Lead Coordinator: Robert Van Dyke (CO)
  • Chapter Adviser Members: Dee Kirby (MO) and Jared Cappers (TX)
  • Student Members: Maggie Uceny (WA) and Shyamala Subramanian (NJ)
  • National Executive Council Representatives: Blake Miller 2014-2015 (OH) and Stephanie Zhang 2015-2016 (NJ)
  • Board of Directors Representative: TBA


2016 CEAT Nomination Form

2016 STAR Events National Volunteer Award Nomination Form


STAR Events and Skill Demonstration Events National Standards and Initiatives Crosswalk

This document crosswalks each STAR Event and Skill Demonstration Event to the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences, Common Career Technical Core Career Ready Practices, Career Clusters, 21st Century Skills, and the FCCLA National Programs.

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