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Who can join?

Student members must be enrolled in a college or university on either a full- or part-time basis at some time during the academic year. Each chartered association may further define its own membership qualifications, and each chapter may set more detailed criteria. Collegiate DECA membership is also open to DECA advisors, alumni and professional members. This includes undergraduate and graduate students.

Membership Minimum

The minimum chapter size is ten (10) student members and one (1) advisor (or any combination of 11 paid members). The only exception is in the case of a new or reactivated chapter, which has two years to obtain the minimum chapter size. 

Membership Dues

DECA membership dues are $20 for chapter advisors and $18 for students. The dues include membership to the state association and International organization. Individual membership is available for students whose college or university does not have a Collegiate DECA chapter.

Membership Deadline

DECA membership is open year-round; however, DECA encourages all chapters to activate their chapter by submitting initial membership by November 15. This ensures that the chapter continues to receive communication, publications and services from DECA Inc. The deadline for members to be eligible to compete at the International Career Development Conference is February 15. Each chartered association may have earlier membership deadlines.

As a new chapter it is helpful to have access to resources to help get you started.  This link will take you to the Official College Programs page on It has both resources for the competitive events as well as resources for chapter leadership. You will also find many resource on your Chapter Resources page on this site.

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