2022 PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC)
Competitive Events Information


There are a number of PBL competitive events that will not require preliminary rounds of competition. Those events are:

  • Business Law
  • Business Presentation
  • Business Sustainability
  • Community Service Project
  • Digital Media
  • Emerging Business Issues
  • Future Business Executive
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign
  • Small Business Management Plan
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Strategic Analysis & Decision Making

The performances for these events will go straight to final round competition. The final round of competition will be held for all but one of these events on June 25. The final round of competition for Future Business Executive will be held on June 26. Please scroll to the Timeline section of this page, to see the updated schedules for PBL competitive events.

Because COVID factors into decisions that we make at NLC, we are instituting a policy of no hand shaking. In particular, members should not shake hands with judges during competitions. This is for the safety of everyone at NLC. Judges will be instructed not to shake hands and not to let this affect how they rate any competitor.
For members who are competing in any production tests (Accounting for Professionals, Administrative Support Technology, Business Communication, and Cost Accounting), please review the Production Test Submission Handbook for very important information needed so that your test documents are submitted correctly.

Cafeteria-style seating

Cafeteria-style seating will be instituted during online testing at NLC. This means that as members start to line up for their assigned testing session, they will be allowed to go in and take their test if seats are available.

Can I bring my own device?
Members will be allowed to bring their own device for online testing, which enables them to use a device they are familiar with. Laptops will be supplied if needed.

FBLA-PBL will be piloting remote judging during the preliminary round for the Job Interview and Sales Presentation events at each of the NLCs this year (FBLA and PBL events only).  This is being done in an attempt to simulate modern, real-world business practices of initial conversations/presentations being done virtually to qualify for further, in-person conversations/presentations and will allow us to determine the feasibility of having remote judges in the future. There will still be an in-person judge in each section working with a remote judge.

We are pleased to share the following change to the Phi Beta Lambda National Awards Program at the 2022 National Leadership Conference (NLC), as decided by and approved by the National Competitive Events Committee:

Each state may now allow more PBL members to compete at the national level at the in-person National Leadership Conference in Chicago, June 24-27. Each state will now be allowed to register:

  • Four (4) entries for any performance or production test event
  • Unlimited number of entries in any event that consists of only an objective test

In addition, each PBL member will be allowed to compete in up to three events at the 2022 NLC.

André Davis, PBL’s 2022 National President said, “on behalf of the PBL National Officer team, I applaud this move by the CEC. It demonstrates the organization’s commitment to expanding access for collegiate members to participate, compete, and achieve all while sharpening their career development skills. The NLC is an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their skill and network.”

All PBL members wishing to compete will have to be registered for their competitive events, by their state adviser, by May 10. Conference attendees must also be registered for the NLC itself by June 8.  Competitors will still need to qualify through the process set up in their respective states; competitors and advisers will need to coordinate with their state adviser about the state qualification process. This change is only for the PBL collegiate division. Please contact Kelly Scholl at kscholl@fbla.org for any questions.

Competitive event prize checks (given to the top three competitors/teams in each competition) will now be mailed after the NLC to the address(es) provided at registration.
  • If you are competing in an event with a test and performance component, closely check the times for each event. If a test is scheduled at the same time as a performance, compete in the performance first, then report to the computer lab for testing.
  • PBL members registered for two online tests scheduled at the same time should complete one test at the scheduled time, then start the second test immediately after. Team members must coordinate with each other, as team events require a collaborative test effort.
  • Students registered for two performance events scheduled at the same time should immediately come to the Competitive Events Desk to resolve the conflict.


  • Each competitor (and/or local adviser) is responsible for the following:
    • Reading and following the competitive event guidelines that are found in the PBL Competitive Event Guidelines document.
    • Reading and agreeing to abide by the Honor Code for the 2022 National Leadership Conference.  Each competitor must check the box on the 2022 NLC registration form that indicates they agree to comply with the Honor Code.
    • All local advisers should reach out to their state adviser providing the information as to which members who qualified for national competition will be competing at NLC. Please check with your state adviser for the best process in sharing this information.
    • All local advisers should reach out to their state adviser to confirm that their members have been properly registered for their competitive event(s).
  • Competitors must have registered for NLC and paid conference registration to be eligible to compete.


  • All competitors will have to go through their state’s process to qualify for competitive events.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Each state will be allowed to register four (4) entries for any performance or production test event, and each state will be allowed to register an unlimited number of entries in any event that consists of only an objective test.


  • NEW THIS YEAR: A PBL member may participate in three (3) events.
  • Any member who competed at any previous NLC, should note that all FBLA-PBL established guidelines regarding repeat competitors are in place for the 2022 NLC.


May 10, 2022 All competitive event registrations must be completed by state advisers
No new competitive event entries can be added after this deadline, only substitutions to existing, registered teams
May 10, 2022 PDFs of prejudged reports and interview event materials (resumes/letters of application, unit plan for Future Business Educator) must be submitted by state advisers
(Community Service Project, Desktop Publishing, Future Business Executive, Job Interview, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, Small Business Management Plan)
May 17, 2022 Production tests must be submitted by state advisers
(Accounting for Professionals, Administrative Support Technology, Business Communications, Cost Accounting)
June 7, 2022 Deadline to make any final drops or team member substitutions for existing, registered teams
June 24, 2022 First day of competitive events—click here for scheduled events
June 25, 2022 Second day of competitive events—click here for scheduled events
June 26, 2022 Last day of competitive events—click here for scheduled events
June 27, 2022 Awards of Excellence Ceremony
After NLC Competitive event prize checks sent to winners
After NLC Competitive event winners published in Tomorrow’s Business Leader (TBL) NLC Special Edition – online