REGIONAL, STATE & NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

Pick 3 and let me know which ones you want to compete in !

One of the exciting aspects of BPA is learning new things.  We do that through the Workplace Skills Assessment Program or WSAP.  Below are the event possibilities for you to consider.  I would like you to select at least 2 individual events and 1 team event.

2016-2017 Event List 

(100) - Test

Fundamental Accounting

Assessment of entry-level accounting principles utilizing manual procedures. Contestants analyze, journalize, post transactions and prepare financial reports/statements.

 

(110) - Test

Advanced Accounting

Assessment of intermediate and advanced accounting principles utilizing manual procedure. Contestants analyze, journalize, and update accounts in order to prepare financial reports/statements for partnerships and corporations. 

  

(125) - Test

Payroll Accounting

 Process payroll data using manual payroll procedures.  Contestants calculate earnings, complete payroll registers, update employee records, journalize payroll entries, and prepare payroll income tax forms.  

  

(145) - Test

Banking & Finance

 Demonstrate and apply fundamental knowledge of the banking industry.  This entry-level event tests the contestant’s knowledge of bank operations, bank services, loans, credit administration, and customer service. 

   

(150) 

Financial Analyst Team - Judged Event Team

Use analytical and problem solving skills to make decisions and recommendations using financial reports, both internal and external.  The team analyzes and interprets reports from a business case study.  At state and national level, teams will be presented with an additional element to the scenario that requires revision of their final presentation. 

   

(155) 

Economic Research Individual - Judged Event Individual

One economic research topic is selected by the National Center and provided at the beginning of the school year.  The contestant will conduct research on the topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges. 

   

(160) 

Economic Research Team - Judged Event Team

One economic research topic is selected by the National Center and provided at the beginning of the school year.  The team will conduct research on the topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges 

   

(165) 

Personal Financial Management - Test

In this contest contestants will answer objective questions dealing with concepts and perform calculations related to the financial topics of credit, saving, investing, personal income tax, risk management and insurance, and retirement planning.  Contestants will analyze financial scenarios to predict outcomes, advise use of financial instruments and determine the proper financial planning. 

  

 

(200) 

Fundamental Word Processing - Test

Evaluate entry-level skills in keyboarding and document production. 

   

(205)

Intermediate Word Processing- Test

Evaluate intermediate skills in word processing and document production. 

   

(210)

Advanced Word Processing- Test

Evaluate advanced-level skills in word processing and document production. 

   

(215) 

Integrated Office Applications - Test

Evaluate advanced-level skills in information technologies and the integration of software applications. 

   

(220) 

Basic Office Systems & Procedures - Test

Evaluate fundamental skills in office procedures, records and file management, and document production. 

   

(225) 

Advanced Office Systems & Procedures - Test

Evaluate advanced skills in office procedures, records and file management, and document production. 

   

(230) 

Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications - Excel - Test

Create and design spreadsheet applications that include variables, reports, and formats. Contestants enter and format data, enter and copy formulas, and print full documents or cell contents. 

   

(235) 

Advanced Spreadsheet Applications - Excel - Test

Develop effective solutions to business problems using many of the advanced features within the Microsoft® Excel skill standards. 

   

(240) 

Database Applications - Access - Test

Demonstrate database development skills to include: object creation, data analysis, formula creation, and reporting features used in a variety of database scenarios. 

   

(245) 

Legal Office Procedures - Test

Evaluate knowledge of legal terminology and skills needed to prepare legal documents and function effectively in a law office. 

   

(250) 

Medical Office Procedures - Test

Evaluate knowledge of medical terminology and skills needed to prepare medical documents and function effectively in a medical office. Tests are written using AHDI guidelines and Taber’s or Dorland’s medical dictionaries. 

   

(255) 

Administrative Support Team - Test

The team will function as an office staff to produce a variety of business documents. 

   

(260) 

Administrative Support Research Project - Judged Event Individual

One administrative support topic is selected by the National Center and provided at the beginning of the school year. Contestants will conduct research on the topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges. 

   

(265) 

Business Law & Ethics-Pilot - Test

This contest will test the student’s knowledge and skills in the areas of ethics, law, business law, and personal law. 

   

(300) 

Computer Network Technology - Test

Demonstrate knowledge in fundamental networking concepts including network architecture, standards, topologies, protocols, and security. 

   

(305) 

PC Servicing & Troubleshooting Test

Demonstrate knowledge of PC configuration, maintenance, and management as a computer technician. 

   

(310) 

Network Administration Using Microsoft®- Test

Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental network management and maintenance tasks in a Windows® network. 

   

(315) 

Systems Administration Using Cisco®-Test

Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental network management tasks in a CISCO® environment. 

   

(320) 

Computer Security - Test

Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental security management tasks in Windows® and Linux® networking environments. 

   

(325) 

Network Design Team - Judged Event Team

Analyze existing and planned business environments and develop a strategy for the implementation of a network infrastructure that addresses the business needs of the scenario provided. At state and national level, teams will be presented with an additional element to the scenario that requires revision of their final presentation. 

   

(330) 

Visual Basic/C# Programming - Test

Evaluate knowledge of working with Visual Basic/C# syntax, programming logic, program development, system design concepts, database, designers and objects. 

   

(335) 

C++ Programming - Test

Evaluate knowledge of working with structured designs, algorithms, and OOP methodology using the C++ language. 

   

(340) 

Java Programming - Test

Evaluate knowledge of working with structured designs, algorithms, and OOP methodology using the Java Programming language. 

   

(345) 

SQL Database Fundamentals - Test

Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental database development and administrative concepts including SQL scripting. Competencies addressed in this event will mandate the contestant use a high end database product such as MS SQL Server®, the focus of this event, in order to acquire the necessary skills; however, skills sets addressed are transferable to any database product such as Oracle® or MySQL™. 

   

400) 

Fundamental Desktop Publishing - Test

Evaluate knowledge and skills in using desktop publishing software to create a variety of business documents. 

   

Fundamentals of Web Design - Test

Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental web design coding and syntax to include CSS. 

   

(410) 

Graphic Design Promotion-Judged Event Individual

Develop a theme, illustrate the theme in a logo design, and then utilize the logo in a promotional flyer. 

   

(415) 

Digital Publishing - Test

Evaluate knowledge and skills utilizing Illustrator®, or InDesign®, software to create a variety of interactive documents. 

   

(420) 

Digital Media Production - Judged Event Individual

Create a one-to-two (1-2) minute digital media production with consistent theme and slogan based on the assigned topic. 

   

(425) 

Computer Modeling - Judged  Event Individual

Given a scenario or prompt, Computer Modeling will research the topic, create a profile, concept design(s), prototype(s), and final model and/or scene based upon the assigned topic provided. 

   

(430) 

Video Production Team - Judged Event team

  Create a three-to-five (3-5) minute video production, based upon the assigned topic. 

   

(435) 

Website Design Team - Judged Event Team

The team will work together to create a website based on the assigned topic. 

   

(440) 

Computer Animation Team - Judged Event Team

Create a computer-generated visualization animation, not to exceed two (2) minutes, based upon the assigned topic provided. 

   

(445) 

Broadcast News Production Team - Judged Event Team

Create a three-to-five (3-5) minute news broadcast, containing two (2) different segments (news stories). 

   

(500) 

Global Marketing Team - Judged Event Team

Develop a marketing plan that details pricing strategies and promotional plans for a business. 

   

(505) 

Entrepreneurship - Judged Event Individual

Develop an operating plan and organizational structure to initiate a small business. Competitors are to assume they are presenting their business plan to potential investors at a bank with the objective of securing financing for their business venture. 

   

(510) 

Small Business Management Team - Judged Event Team

The team will use strategic planning and problem-solving skills to provide solutions to the business case study provided. At state and national level, teams will be presented with an additional element to the scenario that requires revision of their final presentation. 

   

(515) 

Interview Skills - Judged Event Individual

Assess proficiency in job search and interview situations. 

   

(520) 

Advanced Interview Skills - Judged Event Individual

Assess advanced proficiency in job search, interview situations, and portfolio development. 

   

(525) 

Extemporaneous Speech - Judged Event Individual

Demonstrate communication skills in arranging, organizing, and effectively presenting information orally without prior knowledge of the topic. 

  

(535) 

Human Resource Management - Judged Event Individual

Assess interpretation of personnel policies and knowledge of human resource management. 

   

(545) 

Prepared Speech - Judged Event Individual

Demonstrate communication skills in securing, arranging, organizing, and presenting information orally. 

   

(550) 

Parliamentary Procedure Team - Judged Event Team

Demonstrate the use of correct parliamentary procedure through a chairperson’s ability to conduct a business meeting in a democratic manner that allows the members of the team to effectively participate. Examine the team’s knowledge of parliamentary procedure through oral questions and the objective test. 

   

(555) 

Presentation Management Individual - Judged Event Individual

Assess use of current desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective multimedia presentation. 

   

(560) 

Presentation Management Team - Judged Event Team

Assess use of current desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective multimedia presentation. 

   

Virtual Events  - Showcased at State but Judged virtually at Nationals.

 

   

(V01) 

Virtual Multimedia & Promotion – Individual

Individual contestants will create a 1:00 to 2:30 minute digital promotion based upon the assigned topic. This national event will be submitted and judged virtually. Awards will be presented at the National Leadership Conference. 

   

(V02) 

Virtual Multimedia & Promotion – Team

Teams of contestants will create a 1:00 to 2:30 minute digital promotion based upon the assigned topic. This national event will be submitted and judged virtually. Awards will be presented at the National Leadership Conference. 

   

(V03) 

Software Engineering Team

Teams of contestants will collaborate on the engineering of a computer software application that performs tasks and operations as outlined in the provided topic. Project submissions will consist of software source code and assets in addition to a functional executable version of the application. Submissions will be judged on technical merit by software engineering professionals. Teams will be further required to formally present their project to a panel of judges via videoconference, and the presentation will be judged independently of the project’s technical merits. 

   

(V04) 

Web Application Team

Teams of contestants will create a database-driven Website with server-side functionality. The team is provided with the opportunity to design, build and present a working web application. Teams will be further required to formally present their project to a panel of judges via videoconference, and the presentation will be judged independently of the project’s technical merits. 

   

(V05) 

Mobile Applications

Individual contestants will develop a mobile phone and/or tablet application based upon the given scenario. Permitted platforms include and are limited to Google Android™, Apple iOS™, and Microsoft Windows Phone™. The application will be pre-submitted for technical judging. Contestants will then be required to present their application to a panel of technical judges. 

   

(V06) 

Promotional Photography

Individual contestants will demonstrate their skill and creative vision using a DSLR and image editing. This national event will be submitted and judged virtually. Awards will be presented at the National Leadership Conference. 

   

(V08) 

Start-up Enterprise Team-Pilot

Teams of contestants will develop an operating plan and organizational structure to initiate a small business. Teams are to assume they are presenting their products/services to potential buyers.

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