Registration & Rates

Registration and Housing Opens March 1

To register for the National Leadership Conference, please visit the FCCLA Portal and go to the Meetings & Events tab.

  1. All affiliated students, advisers, and guests (such as chaperones, parents, school administrators, etc.) must register for the 2023 NLC Weekly Registration rate or the 2023 NLC Registration Package.
  2. All attendees must register to participate in all conference sessions and activities, and they must wear their name badges to gain access to any session or activity.
  3. All attendees are required to stay in the FCCLA hotel block, and names on all hotel reservations will be cross-checked with NLC registrations. 

Registration Rates

Early Bird

Ends May 5, 2023*


Ends June 2, 2023


Begins June 3, 2023

2023 NLC Weekly Registration
Includes all conference sessions, general sessions, STAR Events Finalist Session, and access to the EXPO Hall.




2023 NLC Registration Package
Includes Weekly Registration, the Special Event: Elitch Gardens, and the NLC After Party. The package rate includes a $5 discount.



Not Available

Staying Outside of the FCCLA Hotel Block Fee
Per registered attendee






Competitive Event Rates

Please review all dates, requirements, and policies as outlined in the Competitive Events Guide. Only STAR Events participants approved by the FCCLA State Association may register for National STAR Events. Refunds are not honored for Competitive Events.

Early Bird

Ends May 5, 2023*


Ends June 2, 2023


Begins June 3, 2023

STAR Event Registration
Per person


$50 + $100 per individual/team

$50 + $200 per individual/team

Online STAR Events Level II Registration
Per person

$50 + $25 technology fee

$50 + $25 technology fee

+ $100 individual/team

$50 + $25 technology fee

+ $200 individual/team

FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl Registration
Per team

No Additional Fee is Needed for Round 2 qualified teams



Virtual Livestream to STAR Events Finalist Session




Onsite STAR Event Finalist Recognition Session Ticket
Only available to purchase onsite on Wednesday, July 5, and Thursday, July 6, at the FCCLA Registration Desk. Professional dress is required for the session.




ACF Culinary and Baking and Pastry Exam Costs




White Corrugated Tri-Fold Display Boards (36’Hx48’W)




*For states with conferences on or after April 25, 2023, the early bird registration rate deadline has been extended to May 19, 2023.

Please refer to the Registration Add-Ons section below and the Special Events page for additional optional items.

Please review all dates, requirements, and policies outlined in the Competitive Events Guide before registering for the National Leadership Conference. Please note that only participants approved by the FCCLA State Association for STAR Events are eligible to register for National STAR Events.

Registration Policies and Deadlines

  • General NLC Registration Policies
    • Registration is required to participate in all sessions, including general sessions, Competitive Events, and the EXPO.
    • All students and advisers must be fully affiliated (affiliation submitted and paid) to register for the 2023 NLC.
    • Guests, including parents, chaperones, siblings, spouses, and school administrators, must be registered by an affiliated chapter or state adviser in the FCCLA Portal.
    • Children under nine years of age are discouraged from attending conference sessions. Children (9 and older) and family members attending conference sessions must register for the conference and be in proper dress code attire.
    • To officially register, click the ‘Submit Registration’ button and then the ‘Create Invoice’ button.
    • All STAR Event and FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl participants must be registered for the conference to compete in any Competitive Event.
    • Official conference name badges must be worn at all conference functions. Replacement badges may be purchased at the FCCLA Registration Desk for $5. All money collected will go to the Ultimate Leadership Fund to directly support members and chapters through grants.
    • It is the responsibility of the adviser/chaperone to provide supervision to their student(s) throughout the conference.
    • Attendees are expected to self-screen for any symptoms of COVID. If symptomatic, you should not attend activities and should take a diagnostic test.
    • Student Attendees will be required to complete the following forms found under Resources: 
      • Permission Form (for the adviser to keep on hand)
      • General Code of Conduct Form (for the adviser to keep on hand)
      • Mandatory Dress Code Form (for the adviser to keep on hand)
  • Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy
    • Registration cancellation and refund requests must be submitted online through the FCCLA Portal by June 2. Telephone, email, and fax cancellations will not be accepted.
    • For registration cancellations received by the deadline, FCCLA will refund your conference registration less a $25 administrative fee per attendee cancellation. If canceled simultaneously, this fee will include the Special Event, Rock the Red Event, and the NLC After Party. Otherwise, if these special events are canceled individually, FCCLA will issue a refund less a $25 administrative per item.
    • Refund requests will not be honored for cancellations received after June 2, 2023.
    • Refunds for “no-shows” will not be honored, and the registrant and/or chapter will be responsible for all registration fees. Please note that your chapter will not be eligible to register for future FCCLA national conferences/meetings or affiliate until the balance has been paid in full.
    • All refunds will be processed following the conference.
    • Refunds are not honored for Competitive Events.

    Please note: Check the conference housing policies concerning hotel cancellations on the Hotel Information page.

  • Name Changes/Substitutions Policy
    • Name changes/substitutions must be submitted online through the FCCLA Portal by June 2. Telephone, email, and fax changes will not be accepted.
    • FCCLA will process the name change/substitution without penalty until June 2.
    • All requests for name changes/substitutions received after June 2 will incur a $25 substitution fee per person.
    • No Competitive Event substitutions are permitted after June 2.
  • Information Needed For Registration

    During the registration process, you will need to provide the following information:

    Individual Email Addresses

    • At the time of registration, every participant is required to provide their own email address that they will have access to during the summer months. Duplicate email addresses are not permitted.
    • We advise using an alternate email address other than a school email so that the attendees can access it over the summer. Providing a Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or any other trusted email service provider will help ensure participants receive all NLC-related communications and have a unique sign-in to the conference app.

    Emergency Contact Information

    • All attendees are required to provide an emergency contact while in attendance at the conference. This information will be displayed on the back of the official name badge in case of an onsite emergency.

    Special Needs Accommodations

    • All attendees should indicate if they require any accommodations to attend the conference.
  • Registration Deadlines

    March 1, 2023       

    • National Leadership Conference Registration Opens

    May 5, 2023          

    • National Leadership Conference Early Bird Registration and National STAR Events Registration ends for states with state meetings prior to April 25
    • National Leadership Conference Special Assistance Requests Due

    May 19, 2023        

    • National Leadership Conference Early Bird Registration and National STAR Events Registration ends for states with state meetings on or after April 25
    • Housing Cancellation Deadline to avoid cancellation fees of $450 per room

    June 2, 2023

    • STAR Events Substitutions Deadline
    • National Leadership Conference Regular Registration Ends
    • National Leadership Conference Name Change/Substitution Deadline for no additional fee
    • National Leadership Conference Registration Cancellation Deadline to receive allowable amount refunds
    • National Leadership Conference Housing Reservation Deadline

    June 12, 2023

    • Check payments due to selected hotel (if paying final hotel payment with a check).
    • Credit card authorization forms due to the selected hotel (if paying final hotel payment with a credit card, not in your possession).
    • Rock the Red waiver forms due to

    June 21, 2023

    • Payment Deadline for NLC Registration to avoid a late fee of $25 per invoice.
  • Registration and Payment Confirmation

    Once you submit your registration, an email confirmation will be sent to the primary email address on file. If you do not receive this email confirmation within 48 hours, please email Please check your junk or spam email folders before emailing.

    The confirmation will include the housing reservation link and instructions, housing payment information, and registration material pick-up information. 

    Competitive Event participants will receive a separate email with additional information following the registration deadline.


    Conference registration payments should be submitted in time to be received at National FCCLA by the published deadline. Payments received after June 21, 2023, will incur a $25.00 late fee per invoice. Registration packets will only be distributed to chapters with a zero balance or by securing the balance with another form of payment when picking up registration materials.

    Payment is accepted in the form of checks or credit cards. A purchase order is not considered a form of final payment.


    Credit card payments may be made by MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or Discover in the FCCLA Portal under the “Invoice(s)” tab and the “Pay Invoices” button. You can also pay by phone by calling 703-476-4900.


    Mail the registration check along with a copy of the registration invoice to the following address:

    • FCCLA
      13241 Woodland Park Road, STE 100
      Herndon, VA 20171
      ATTN: 2023 NLC Registration

    NOTE: Checks for housing payments should not be mailed to FCCLA Headquarters or included with your registration.

Registration Add-Ons

During the registration process in the Portal, you have the option to register for the following items:

NEW! Pre-order Conference T-shirt

New this year, conference attendees can pre-order a 2023 National Leadership Conference t-shirt. This Comfort Colors custom short-sleeve t-shirt is available for $20 each and can be pre-ordered during the registration process in the FCCLA Portal. All pre-ordered t-shirts will also come with a free FCCLA trading pin!

  • Pre-order deadline is May 5, 2023.
  • T-shirt is unisex and available in Small - 3X Large.
  • A limited quantity of t-shirts will be available onsite for $22.
  • Please note the free FCCLA trading pin is only included with the pre-ordered t-shirts and will not be available onsite.

Disclaimer: Returns or exchanges of pre-ordered t-shirts will not be accepted.

Corrugated Tri-Fold Display Board

White corrugated tri-fold display boards measuring 36’H x 48’W are available as an add-on in the registration portal for $10 each. To ensure you have a board when you arrive, pre-order by June 2, 2023. Tri-fold display boards will be available for pick-up at the FCCLA registration desk beginning Saturday, July 1, 2023.

Rhinestone Lanyard Upgrade

Conference attendees can upgrade their lanyard to a limited edition 2023 IncREDible Rhinestone Lanyard for a special pre-conference price of $15. Pre-orders end on June 2, 2023. A limited supply will be available onsite for purchase at the Registration Desk for $20. All proceeds from the rhinestone lanyards will support FCCLA’s Ultimate Leadership Fund.

American Culinary Federation Certification Exams

Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Competitors Only

American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification is the only culinary program with stackable credentials recognized throughout the industry and by the Department of Labor. ACF certifications validate knowledge, skills, and experience in industry-relevant competencies and are earned based on education, experience, and successful completion of both a written and practical exam. The ACF Certified Fundamental Cook and Certified Fundamental Pastry Cook credentials are the first steps on a ladder of certifications and do not require any work experience.

The ACF Exam will be offered virtually from May 1 - 12. Participants must register by May 8 in the FCCLA Portal.

Baking & Pastry Update

Due to spacing limitations, all national Baking & Pastry STAR Event qualifiers will be REQUIRED to take the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified Fundamental Pastry Cook (CFPC) Exam. These exam scores will determine the members invited to compete at the National Leadership Conference (NLC) this summer in Denver, CO. This decision was made to provide a method to determine the finalists based on the numbers FCCLA can accommodate at NLC. Learn more about this requirement.

Special Events

Please visit the Special Events page to see the great options available.

State Officer Training

State officers who want additional training and networking opportunities presented by the Leadership Training Team must pre-register to attend the designated state officer sessions.

Members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.