Events & Awards

Workplace Skills Assessment Program

The Workplace Skills Assessment Program is an integral part of Business Professionals of America. The goal of the program is to provide all business students the opportunity to demonstrate workplace skills learned through business education curricula. Students will:

  • demonstrate occupational competencies;
  • broaden knowledge, skills, and attitudes;
  • expand leadership and human relation skills;
  • demonstrate a competitive spirit; and
  • receive recognition.

The organization offers more than 50 events in various areas related to financial, administrative support, information technology, management, marketing, and human resources. There is an additional event offered in the Michigan Association which deals with spelling and grammar called Business Spelling. This event is offered at the regional and state levels only. Another event--Merit Scholar--is offered at the state and national levels only.

Secondary students may enter enter two events, only one of which may be a team event. Postsecondary students may enter three events, only one of which may be a team event. A student may enter an unlimited number of open events. Students do not need to pre-qualify for open events to compete at the state or national leadership conferences.

Every advisor must visit www.bpa.org/compete/ to download a current edition of the Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines, Style & Reference Manual, Human Resource Manual, Individual Entry Form, Team Entry Form, and Release Form.

In addition to the WSAP Guidelines, every Michigan advisor in the secondary division must have the current issue of the Michigan Guidelines Supplement. This document is available from the documents page of our website.

The Michigan Association takes pride in educating our members on creating a professional image and demonstrating proper behavior. Therefore, we have adopted a dress code and delegate code of conduct for members to follow while attending all of our conferences, events, and activities. The dress code and delegate code of conduct are published in the Michigan Guidelines Supplement.

This is a list of all Workplace Skills Assessment Program events that are offered in Michigan. If an event is NOT offered in Michigan, it will be indicated below.

2013-2014 Event Listing

FINANCE
  • Fundamental Accounting
  • College Accounting (Postsecondary only)
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Advanced College Accounting (Postsecondary only)
  • Accounting Using QuickBooks (PILOT) (NOT offered in Michigan's Secondary division)
  • Payroll Accounting
  • College Payroll Accounting (Postsecondary only)
  • Managerial Accounting (Postsecondary only)
  • Federal Income Tax Accounting (Postsecondary only)
  • Banking & Finance
  • Financial Analyst Team
  • Economic Research Project-Individual (Secondary only)
  • Economic Research Project-Team (Secondary only)
  • Financial Math & Analysis-Open Event
  • Insurance Concepts-Open Event
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
  • Keyboarding Production
  • Fundamental Word Processing Skills
  • Advanced Word Processing Skills
  • Integrated Office Applications
  • Basic Office Systems & Procedures
  • Advanced Office Systems & Procedures
  • Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications
  • Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
  • Database Applications
  • Legal Office Procedures
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Administrative Support Team
  • Administrative Support Research Project-Individual (Secondary only)
  • Administrative Support Concepts-Open Event
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
  • Computer Network Technology
  • PC Servicing & Troubleshooting
  • Network Administration Using Microsoft
  • Systems Administration Using Cisco
  • Computer Security
  • Network Design Team (In Michigan, this event will be offered at the Postsecondary level only)
  • Visual Basic Programming
  • C++ Programming
  • Java Programming
  • Mobile Applications (PILOT) (NOT offered in Michigan)
  • Computer Programming Concepts-Open Event
  • Information Technology Concepts-Open Event
DIGITAL COMMUNICATION & DESIGN
  • Fundamental Desktop Publishing
  • Fundamentals of Web Design
  • Graphic Design Promotion
  • Digital Publishing with InDesign (PILOT) (NOT offered in Michigan)
  • Digital Media Production
  • Computer Modeling (Not offered in Michigan)
  • Video Production Team
  • Web Site Design Team
  • Computer Animation Team
  • Broadcast News Production Team
MANAGEMENT/MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS
  • Global Marketing Team
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Small Business Management Team
  • Interview Skills
  • Advanced Interview Skills
  • Extemporaneous Speech (Secondary only)
  • Contemporary Issues (Postsecondary only)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Ethics & Professionalism (Postsecondary only) (Pilot) (NOT offered in Michigan's Secondary division)
  • Prepared Speech
  • Parliamentary Procedure Team (Secondary only)
  • Presentation Management-Individual
  • Presentation Management-Team
  • Business Meeting Management Concepts-Open Event
  • Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts-Open Event
  • Parliamentary Procedure Concepts-Open Event
  • Project Management Concepts-Open Event
MICHIGAN EVENTS
  • Business Spelling-Open Event (Secondary only)
  • Merit Scholar-Open Event (Secondary only)
VIRTUAL COMPETITIVE EVENTS

These events are offered at the national level only. Please review the Workplace Skills Assessment Program Guidelines for specific details about these events. Any questions regarding these virtual events should be directed to Director of Education Vickie Thomas at vthomas@bpa.org.

  • Virtual Multimedia and Promotion-Individual
  • Virtual Multimedia and Promotion-Team
  • Software Engineering Team
  • Web Application Team