I have met the most amazing people through DECA, especially those I had the honor to work with during my time as a state officer. I am positive of their future success, and I hope to make PA DECA proud by using the skills I’ve gained in the real world.

Amanda Stofesky, State Historian, 2013-2014

Become a State Officer

Running for Pennsylvania DECA State Office is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a DECA member. As a state officer, you are responsible for leading Pennsylvania DECA’s members towards a prosperous future. State officers will design and coordinate the following year’s goals and objectives including designing new recruitment strategies, developing community outreach activities, and setting an example for future leaders. If you think you have what it takes to become a Pennsylvania DECA State Officer, read on!

Dedication and Committment

Pennsylvania DECA State Officers dedicate their time and energy to improving upon the experiences our members have every day. Before you begin to apply, take a moment to answer the following questions:

  • Am I physically and mentally ready for the hard work and dedication that it takes to be a successful State Officer?
  • Am I able to cope with the travel and being away from school, home, family and friends required to be a successful State Officer?
  • Am I ready for the speaking to promote DECA that is required by successful State Officers?
  • Am I willing and able to undertake all the communication activities necessary to keep chapters, officers and advisors informed about DECA and my activities?
  • Am I a self-starter, the kind of person others can depend upon to carry out the duties of an office without a great deal of supervision?

If you answered YES to all of these questions, congratulations! You're ready to begin the path to running for state office.


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

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


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.

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
  • 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

All State Officers

  • Develop the State Program of Work for the current year.
  • Prepare and submit news articles for the state newsletter.
  • Submit monthly reports of activities.
  • Develop a state conference theme.
  • Participate in soliciting patrons for the state conference.
  • Facilitate welcoming activities at the state conference.
  • Facilitate judges’ activities at the state conference including greeting, directing and disbursement of materials.
  • Create enthusiasm & excitement for Pennsylvania DECA at all conferences.
  • Serve as a voting delegate at the national conference if in attendance.
  • Promote the general welfare of DECA.

State President

  • Preside at all meetings.
  • Make all necessary committee appointments including the designation of chairpersons.
  • Serve on the DECA Board of Trustees as a voting member.
  • Communicate with the other states in the North Atlantic Region.
  • Send a monthly report to the NARVP.
  • Communicate with all state officers and the state officer advisor.
  • Prepare a greeting for the Student Handbook and State Conference Program.

Vice President

  • Coordinate the program of work and compile all associated lists and financial reports.
  • Design and prepare certificates of completion for chapters meeting their plan of action goals.
  • Serve in any capacity as directed by the president.
  • Accept the responsibilities of the president as needed.

State Officer Council

  • Record and accumulate the minutes and/or proceeding of all officer meetings.
  • Account for funds raised through patron sales.
  • Prepare and submit an annual report/scrapbook of the year’s activities.
  • Compile and edit all information for the state newsletter.
  • Coordinate the election sessions at the state conference.
  • Publish a newsletter at least two times per year.
  • Keep National DECA informed of the activities of the state association.

State Representatives

  • Preside at all district meetings and district conferences.
  • Serve as the district chairperson of your district elections.
  • Chair the State Program of Work in your district. Please refer to Article VII of the PA DECA Constitution for additional officer information.

Become a State Officer

Get the materials you need to begin your journey!

State Officer Handbook and Required Forms

Sample State Officer Test