This event recognizes PBL members who understand the techniques and skills involved in human resource management.

This event consists of two (2) parts: an objective test and an interactive role-play situation that may include training, staffing, benefits, labor relations, and government regulations.  Finalists are required to complete both parts.

The objective test may include questions on employee compensation and benefits; governmental regulations and issues (discrimination laws, federal labor acts); human resource planning (mission, vision, internal/external issues, future needs); labor relations and collective bargaining (union management relations, employee rights, negotiating contracts); performance management; staff (recruitment, selection, careers, EOE delivery); training and development (performance management, safe, quality improvement, health). In the case of a team, team members will take one (1) objective test collaboratively.



Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by February 15 of the current school year.

State      Each charter may enter one individual or team of 2 or 3.

National      See national guidelines:

Each chapter may enter one (1) individual or team of no more than 3, comprised of active local members.  Participants must be on record in the FBLA-PBL national office as having paid dues by February 15 of the current school year.

In the case of a team, no more than one member may have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference, have competed more than two (2) years at the national level, or placed 1st or 2nd at a previous State Leadership Conference.



State      When it has been determined that a student will represent the charter at state competition, the appropriate entry form must be sent to the state adviser received by the date specified in the SLC registration packet.

National      See national guidelines:

• Participants failing to report on time for the event may be disqualified.

• Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the board of directors or they will not be permitted to compete in the event.

• Two (2) 4” x 6” blank note cards will be provided for each team member and may be used during the preparation and performance of the presentation. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards.  Note cards will be collected following the presentation.

• Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers.  Nongraphing calculators will be provided.  No electronic devices may be brought to the event.  No reference materials or other items are to be brought to the event.



The five individuals or teams with the highest test score will be scheduled for a performance.  The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the event office.

Finalists must report to the holding room by the time specified in the State Leadership Conference program.  All finalists will be sequestered until their performance times.  If a finalist fails to report prior to the beginning of the first performance, the individual or team will be disqualified. Twenty (20) minutes before their performance time, finalists will receive the problem.

Finalists should introduce themselves, describe the situation, make their recommendations, and summarize their case.  All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance.

The individual or team has seven (7) minutes to interact with a panel of judges and present the solution to the case. The judges will play the role of the second party in the presentation and refer to the case for specifics. All team members must participate. This is a role-play event. 

A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes.  


The presentations will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  All decisions of the judges are final.



State  State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

National The judges will determine the number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference.  The maximum number will be ten (10).