Competitions – SkillsUSA

53rd Annual National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC)

Cosmetology SkillsUSA National Championships 2017

SkillsUSA Championship offers students of career and technical education the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership and hands-on occupational skills and receive recognition for their achievement. Winners advance from local competitions to district and /or state championships and finally to the national Skills USA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of June each year.

Medalists For NLSC - 2017 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference




Camry Robertson

High School

Mid-East Career & Technology Centers - Zanesville


Zanesville, OH



Elijah Bailey

  High School

E C Goodwin Technical High School


New Britain, CT



Rebekah Hagberg

  High School

Bloomington Area Career Center


Bloomington, IL



Chandler Mcbryar


Northeast Alabama Community College


Rainsville, AL



Brindee Bingham


Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College


Ogden, UT



Sarah Taylor


Tennessee College of Applied Tech - Nashville


Nashville, TN




SkillsUSA 2017
Wednesday, June 21st - (Winners Above)

12:00 pm

 Committee Meeting

1:00 pm

 Registration for contestants

1:15 pm

 Welcome, introduction of conference team, sponsors and judges, WorldSkills update

1:30 pm

 Orientation and review of contest rules

2:30 pm

 Written Test - Secondary
 Oral Test - Post Secondary
 Fill out sketch sheets for long hair color

3:00 pm

 Written Test - Post Secondary
 Oral Test –Secondary

4:00 pm

 On-site visit


Thursday, June 22nd

8:00 am

 Registration (Kit check)

8:30 am


8:45 am

 Long Hair Overview

9:00 am

 Long Hair (1 hour)

10:00 am

 Judge Long Hair Design

10:30 am

 Women's Cut and Design Overview

10:45 am

 Women's Cut and Design (45 minutes)

11:30 am

 Judge Women's Cut and Design



12:30 pm

 Women's 90-degree Cut and Design Overview - Secondary
 Men's Cut and Design Overview – Postsecondary

12:45 pm 

 Women's 90-Degree Cut and Design (45 minutes) - Secondary
 Men's Cut and Design Overview – Postsecondary

1:30 pm

 Judge Women's 90-Degree Cut and Design - Secondary
 Judge Men's Cut and Design Overview – Postsecondary

2:00 pm

 Women's 90-Degree Cut and Design Overview - Postsecondary
 Men's Cut and Design – Secondary

2:15 pm

Women's 90-Degree Cut and Design (45 minutes) - Postsecondary
Men's Cut and Design (45 minutes) – Secondary

3:00 pm

Judge Women's 90-Degree Cut and Design - Postsecondary
Judge Men's Cut and Design – Secondary

3:30 pm

 Grand finale parade

 Final introduction of judges, committee members and sponsors

4:00 pm

 Debriefing with Judges


2017 Contest Instructions

The technical committee will supply mannequins and holders.  No make-up, eyelashes, jewelry or hair accessories are allowed on mannequins. The long hair mannequin will be sent before the competition as soon as your state director forwards the student's name to SkillsUSA. The long hair mannequin should be pre-colored prior to the competition and brought to Louisville.
If this changes in any given year, contestants will be told in advance to bring their own mannequins and holders.

Orientation Meeting – Written & Oral Tests
Orientation meeting, written & oral tests are conducted on the Wednesday before the competition. All competitors must create a one-page résumé and submit a hard copy to the technical committee chair at orientation. Failure to do so will result in a 10-point penalty.


Note: Your contest may also require a hard copy of your résumé as part of the actual contest. Check the Contest Guidelines and/or the updates page on the SkillsUSA website:


The contest rules are reviewed as well as clothing requirements. Contestants will be escorted to contest site once the written test and oral communications test have been administered. Once contestants are familiar with the site and receive final instructions they will receive their gifts from the sponsors of the contest and will be free to leave for the day.


SkillsUSA Test: Used as a tie-breaker only. Subject matter-SkillsUSA Championships.

Parade Finale
Once the contest has been completed, contestants will be asked to provide some information to the commentator on a sheet of paper. Please type using 14-point typeface and print out the following information before arriving to SkillsUSA. Below is a sample:
City/State: "Chicago, IL" (sample)
State slogan: "The Land of Lincoln" (sample)
Contestant will be asked to select from their completed mannequins and present them to the audience and judges during the parade finale.

Announcement of Winners
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for Secondary and Post Secondary winners will not be announced until the Awards Ceremony. Sponsor prizes for these winners will be shipped to their home addresses compliments from the Technical Committee.

Uniform Layer (90-Degree) Haircut Procedure
Contestants must be able to duplicate a uniform layer (90-degree) haircut and design selected by the National Tech Committee. Contestant will style the hair with blow dryer and fingers only. Steps must be followed in the exact order.
Please also refer to the April 15th SkillsUSA Standards Update.
a. Time allotted - 45 minutes
b. 200 possible points - cut and blow dry will be scored
c. Tools assembled and station prepared
d. Create a four-section parting
e. Drop a hairline (perimeter) guide
f. Establish the design length around the back perimeter
g. Establish the design length around the front perimeter
h. Establish the interior guide at the top of the head (apex, crown)
i. Continue cutting guideline to front hairline
j. Continue cutting guideline from crown to nape
k. Use vertical partings to blend top guide to design line
l. Maintain a constant 90-degree elevation throughout the procedure
m. Follow a traveling guide to maintain uniformly layered lengths
n. Perform a cross check of procedure for accuracy
o. Check perimeter guideline and finish as necessary
p. Finished cut is uniformly blended

q. Blow hair dry to frame face
r. Clean and organize station


All of the following images below will be selected for the Cuts and Style contest at Nationals


Technical can be found in Pivot Point’s 

Salon Fundamentals Stylist Textbook – Page 7


Mannequins that will be used at Nationals:

1.      Ladies': Pivot Point – Erika (Code: MMSSCDLL)

2.      Men's: Burmax – Mr. Sam

3.      Long Hair: Marianna – Ms. Maria