6 Steps to Get Started With DECA!

step 1: activate

As a brand new chapter, the first step is to get activated with DECA. Once you activate, DECA will provide you with a membership portal username and password.

Need additional assistance? Watch this: ACTIVATE TUTORIAL

Contact your Chapter Support Team at teach@wadeca.org or call (206) 802-2877.

step 2: Excite!

Get others excited about DECA! From students to administrators, to parents and the community, share the DECA message and answer the question, “Why DECA?” These resources will help you make the case for starting a DECA chapter at your school with your students. Additional resources are available in Unit One.
What is DECA (slide deck with speakers notes and link to membership video)
Editable Washington DECA brochure
Member Agreement
Member Application
Google Form version of the Membership Application [make a copy] – Member Sign-Up Sheet with Instructions for Use
State Officer Welcome Video

DECA Immersion Overview [Introducing DECA]

step 3: Meet

You’ve sparked interest on campus…now it’s time to hold your first DECA meeting!

First Meeting Facilitation Guide

step 4: register!

Make it official! Register your students for DECA annual membership through the Online Membership Portal.
Contact your Chapter Support Team at teach@wadeca.org or call (206) 802-2877.

Before you enter members into the portal, you’ll need to collect membership dues of $20 per member for students and advisors.

Need additional assistance?


step 5: lead

A strong DECA chapter is supported by advisors and led by students. Identify your student leaders and arm them with the structure and leadership resources they need to create a solid foundation for your chapter!

Elevate Module #3 – Leadership Team

step 5: schedule

Mark your calendars…schedule all of your chapter events for the year! From conferences to fundraisers to community events, and more, utilize Washington DECA’s events and resources to enhance your chapter’s calendar of events for this year.

– Refer to Teach DECA Unit One in Scheduling Documents under Exclusive Resources for DECA Menu and DECA Weekly Planner.