SkillsUSA promotes high standards in work ethics, craftsmanship, scholarship, and safety, while it fosters a deep respect for the dignity of work. In addition, the precepts of SkillsUSA help students relate school experiences to their search for meaning, identity, and achievement.
A great deal of emphasis is placed on the functions of labor and management organization, their interdependence and importance. All full-time pTEC students and apprentices are expected to participate in SkillsUSA. An integral part of SkillsUSA is the series of leadership and technical competitions beginning locally, and progressing to regional, state, and national competition. Some competition categories have international competitions.