June 26-27 2019 at the
Kentucky Exposition Center
in Louisville KY
We can’t wait to see you in Louisville! As we count down to Nationals, here are a few helpful questions and answers to help you pack and prepare for the competition. To read our full list of FAQs, visit our FAQ page.
WHAT TO BRING
- Writing materials and scratch paper. Specifically, #2 pencils. But having a few extra pens and scratchpads won’t hurt!
- Your resume (one page). Remember to keep them to one page and if you need help getting started, check out The Balance Career’s article on how to write a strong, entry level technical resume.
- Official SkillsUSA uniform. Don’t forget your polo! For men, this means you’ll wear your official SkillsUSA white polo with black dress slack, socks and shoes. For women, this means you’ll wear your official SkillsUSA white polo with black dress slacks or a black knee-length skirt with either black or nude hose along with black dress shoes.
- ID’s for CompTIA testing – You will need ID’s to take the A+ exam. Bring 2 forms of ID with signature. One ID must have a photo. Please see https://certification.comptia.org/testing/test-policies/candidate-id-policy for the full policy.
SOFTWARE & HARDWARE
- Personal Laptops or Computers. Unless otherwise specified, you will not need to bring your personal laptops or computers with you to the contest. The work stations for the contest will have all the hardware and software you need to compete!
- Diagnostic Software + Open Source. In general, we discourage the use of personal diagnostic tools, and since the evaluate your applied knowledge – it wouldn’t help you anyway! However, if you’d like to use diagnostic software during the contest, you must notify the contest chair before the contest, and you must provide proof that the software is released as “Open Source”. A list of permitted “Open Source” licenses can be found at Open Source Org.
PREPARING FOR THE CONTEST
- Read SkillsUSA ITS Skills Standards. This will give you a great place to start in understanding what the ITS contest will be focusing on and what skills would be helpful to brush up on before heading to Kentucky.
- Review the CompTIA A+ Material. As a reminder, you’ll be taking your A+ Certification test on-site at Nationals. Before making the trip, review the A+ Certification testing standards, protocols and questions.
- Learn how to get help or look things up in command line. You don’t (and shouldn’t!) need to memorize everything, but you should familiarize yourself with how to find options for commands. For example, we may ask you to perform a command with ipconfig. You should know how to look up how to use ipconfig (in this example, it would be: ipconfig /?)
- Talk to your advisor or past contestants. These people are great sources of knowledge about the process of the contest and what types of things helped them succeed.
- Follow us on Twitter. Stay tuned for updates, helpful tips and alerts about the contest on our twitter feed @susaits
As with any contest or event, we couldn’t do anything without our dedicated staff and volunteers. THANK YOU for making these events possible! If you are volunteering at this year’s event, please refer to your Conference Handbook for information.
VOLUNTEER NEWS & NOTES
- When you arrive, you’ll attend a Briefing Session with the other staff and volunteers to prep for the event. The time, date and location of this session will be released to you soon!
- If you have questions, or concerns please reach out to our team email at skillsusaits @ gmail.com
- To stay up to ate on the latest announcements, schedule changes or updates please join our team slack if you haven’t already. It comes with a mobile version that is available on your phone and best of all – it’s free! To request access, please contact skillsusaits @ gmail.com
Interested in volunteering? Get involved by emailing us at skillsusaits @ gmail.com