PBL Competitive Events

The PBL National Awards Program recognizes excellence in a number of business and career-related areas. PBL competitive events also prepare college students for the workforce by expanding their classroom experience with real-world scenarios.

The competitive event guidelines and competencies that follow were created for competitors, advisers, and event judges.

Past competitive events winners.

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Qualifying for PBL Competitive Events

At the State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards at the National Leadership Conference each summer. States may modify the events offered at the district/region and state level. Always check your state guidelines if competing at the district/region and/or state level competition.

View the “Choose Your PBL Competitive Event” flow chart and PBL Events At-A-Glance to help choose an event. For information on how events break down into individual programs of study, please view the “PBL Events by Category.”

PBL Competitive Events Guidelines

Each event is governed by specific guidelines and rating sheets. Once you choose an event, please review the guidelines closely.

View all PBL events with rating sheets.

Competitors can choose to compete in individual events, as part of a team, or as part of a chapter team:

  • Individual
  • Team
  • Chapter

Individual and team events focus on skills useful in leadership and career development; chapter events recognize overall achievement and performance in chapter management and growth.

There are a number of event categories competitors can choose from:

Open Events

Open, online testing events are open to any PBL member present at the National Leadership Conference.  Prerequisites or registration is not required.  The open event tests differ each year.  The top winner of each open event is recognized during the awards ceremony.

Pilot Events

From time to time new events will be piloted before being added to the regular competitive events program. Those events will be noted in the list of events with the word “Pilot” after the event name. A person competing in a pilot event is eligible to compete in another individual or team event.  The top five (5) winners are recognized during the awards ceremony.

Name Name Type Category
  Name for Printing Individual
Team
Chapter
Test
Present
Interview
Name Name Type Category
Accounting Analysis & Decision Making Accounting Analysis & Decision Making Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Accounting for Professionals Accounting for Professionals Individual Production & Objective Test
Accounting Principles Accounting Principles Individual Objective Test
Administrative Technology Administrative Technology Individual Production & Objective Test
Business Communication    Modified   Business Communication --Modified-- Individual Production & Objective Test
Business Decision Making Business Decision Making Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Business Ethics Business Ethics Individual, Team Presentation without Equipment
Business Law Business Law Individual, Team Presentation without Equipment
Business Presentation Business Presentation Individual, Team Presentation with Equipment
Business Sustainability    Modified   Business Sustainability --Modified-- Individual, Team Presentation without Equipment
Client Service Client Service Individual Presentation without Equipment
Community Service Project Community Service Project Chapter Prejudged Reports & Presentation
Computer Animation Computer Animation Individual, Team Presentation with Equipment
Computer Applications Computer Applications Individual Production & Objective Test
Computer Concepts Computer Concepts Individual Objective Test
Contemporary Sports Issues Contemporary Sports Issues Individual Objective Test
Cost Accounting Cost Accounting Individual Production & Objective Test
Cyber Security Cyber Security Individual Objective Test
Desktop Publishing Desktop Publishing Individual, Team Production & Objective Test
Economic Analysis & Decision Making Economic Analysis & Decision Making Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Emerging Business Issues Emerging Business Issues Individual, Team Presentation without Equipment
Entrepreneurship Concepts Entrepreneurship Concepts Individual Objective Test
Financial Analysis & Decision Making Financial Analysis & Decision Making Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Financial Concepts Financial Concepts Individual Objective Test
Financial Services Financial Services Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Forensic Accounting Forensic Accounting Individual, Team Presentation with Equipment
Future Business Educator Future Business Educator Individual Interview
Future Business Executive    Modified   Future Business Executive --Modified-- Individual Interview
Global Analysis & Decision Making Global Analysis & Decision Making Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Help Desk Help Desk Individual Objective Test & Role Play
Hospitality Management Hospitality Management Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Human Resource Management Human Resource Management Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Impromptu Speaking Impromptu Speaking Individual Speech
Information Management Information Management Individual Objective Test
Integrated Marketing Campaign Integrated Marketing Campaign Individual, Team Presentation with Equipment
Job Interview Job Interview Individual Interview
Justice Administration Justice Administration Individual Objective Test
Local Chapter Annual Business Report Local Chapter Annual Business Report Chapter Prejudged Report
Macroeconomics Macroeconomics Individual Objective Test
Management Analysis & Decision Making Management Analysis & Decision Making Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Management Concepts Management Concepts Individual Objective Test
Marketing Analysis & Decision Making Marketing Analysis & Decision Making Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Marketing Concepts Marketing Concepts Individual Objective Test
Microeconomics Microeconomics Individual Objective Test
Mobile Application Development Mobile Application Development Individual, Team Prejudged Projects & Presentation
Network Design Network Design Individual, Team Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
Networking Concepts Networking Concepts Individual Objective Test
Organizational Behavior & Leadership Organizational Behavior & Leadership Individual Objective Test
Parliamentary Procedure Parliamentary Procedure Team Objective Test & Role Play
Personal Finance Personal Finance Individual Objective Test
Programming Concepts Programming Concepts Individual Objective Test
Project Management Project Management Individual Objective Test
Public Speaking Public Speaking Individual Speech
Retail Management Retail Management Individual Objective Test
Sales Presentation Sales Presentation Individual Presentation with Equipment
Small Business Management Plan Small Business Management Plan Individual, Team Prejudged Reports & Presentation
Social Media Challenge Social Media Challenge Individual, Team Presentation with Equipment
Sports Management & Marketing Sports Management & Marketing Individual Objective Test
Statistical Analysis Statistical Analysis Individual Objective Test
Strategic Analysis & Decision Making    Modified   Strategic Analysis & Decision Making --Modified-- Individual, Team Presentation without Equipment
Website Design Website Design Individual, Team Prejudged Projects & Presentation