DECA members can begin their experience as early as middle

school by enrolling in a marketing, finance, hospitality, business

management or entrepreneurship course. They can retain

their membership in DECA as long as they are actively

pursuing courses in one of the content areas. As part of a

high school chapter, DECA members can take full advantage

of DECA activities while preparing themselves to be college

                             and career ready upon graduation.

Students join DECA through their high school or middle school chapter, often

advised by a faculty member responsible for course content in one of the

related career areas. Chapters are recognized and chartered by the state


DECA membership is open year-round; however, members and advisors

should note eligibility deadlines to participate in conferences and competitive

events.  The deadline for all DECA International Career Development Conference competitors is

March 1.