Career Development Events (CDE's) are opportunities for FFA members to get their competitive juices going and compete against other schools and teammates. There are two different types of contests: Leadership and Skills.
Leadership Development Events
Leadership events are geared toward speaking and performing contests. These are events that allow an audience and can showcase their public speaking skills and knowledge of a certain task.
Skill Development Events
Skill events are focused on skills learned through classwork and are useful in the industry. These do not have an audience but showcase a members knowledge on the material learned for a particular industry within agriculture.