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Run For State Office

Do you have what it takes to lead PA DECA? This is your spot to learn everything you need to learn before you run!


  • Being a state officer requires commitment and dedication. In order to qualify as a Pennsylvania DECA State Officer candidate, you must have the approval of your chapter advisor and meet the stringent requirements below:
    • Completed Application (available on this page)
    • Letter of recommendation from teacher, advisor, or administrator
    • 2.5 GPA (out of 4.0) or higher
    • Signed Code of Conduct
    • School Transcript
    • Passing score on State Officer Test (85% or greater)
    • Attend one of the 2 pre-candidacy zoom calls (dates in candidacy packet)

    In addition to these requirements, Pennsylvania DECA State Officers must attend the following mandatory events throughout the year in order to remain a part of the state officer team:

    • Summer Leadership Training
    • State Conference Planning Workshop
    • State Career Development Conference

Required Forms

Pennsylvania DECA State Officer candidates must complete the following steps in order to be eligible for an officer position:

  • Complete Candidate Information and Permission Sheet
  • Score an 85% or greater on State Officer Candidacy Exam administered at your district conference
  • Review and sign State Officer Code of Conduct
  • Present a 250-word essay entitled “Why I Want To Be a Pennsylvania DECA State Officer”
  • Present a letter of recommendation from my chapter advisor indicating my membership in DECA, my chapter involvement, my leadership abilities and my poise in dealing with people
  • Complete all required steps in the State Officer Handbook


State Officers are elected to their positions. District Representatives are elected at their local/regional district conferences and all remaining State Officer positions are voted upon at the State Career Development Conference. Members must be a current due-paying student in 9th-11th grade to run for state office.


State Officers serve for one term in their position unless re-elected for the same or different position.

Code of Conduct

State officers are the elected representatives of the student membership of the high school division. Each state officer has a responsibility to conduct him/herself in a highly professional manner at all times. A state officer’s conduct must be above reproach. State Officers are required to abide by the Code of Conduct at all times, regardless of event or locale. Officers found in violation of the Code of Conduct may be dismissed from office. The full Code of Conduct is available in the Student Officer Handbook.

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