National Officer Candidate Program


Applications are available each January for students interested in running for a national TSA office. Those interested students should contact Suzy Orr at for an application. Below are the national officer candidate qualifications, the application procedure and candidate information.

                                      National TSA Officer Candidate Information Overview
                                                              (updated April 2016)

National TSA Officer Candidate Qualifications

1. The candidate must be a TSA member.
2. No more than three TSA members in good standing from the same state delegation may compete for a national office in the same year.
3. Only current TSA members (active) in good standing are eligible to run for or hold a national office.
4. Candidates must be holding, or have held, an elected chartered state delegation office for at least one year.
5. A student cannot be elected to a national office during his or her senior year. He or she must have at least one year of school remaining at the time he or she runs for national office.
6. A TSA member must have completed the eighth grade to be qualified for a national TSA office.
7. A candidate may seek only one national office per year.
8. A candidate should have a thorough knowledge of parliamentary procedures and the TSA bylaws.
9. A candidate must be a member of TSA for at least one year before seeking a national office.
10. All candidates should have the ability to express opinions, make decisions, and be neat and business-like in appearance.
11. All candidates should read carefully the section in the TSA bylaws about national officer qualifications and duties, and, specifically, the responsibilities of the office they seek.
12. No individual may serve more than one term in the same national office.
13. Candidates must attend all national officer candidate meetings at the national TSA conference. Failure to attend all candidate meetings may result in removal.
14. Any candidate elected as a national officer at the national conference may not hold a state or local TSA office concurrently with his or her term as a national officer.
15. If elected, a national TSA officer will miss approximately five school days during the school year to fulfill his or her duties and must be able to travel alone and independently to all required events.
16. Additionally, the elected TSA president will be required to attend the TSA, Inc. Board of Directors meetings in the fall of 2016 and June 2017. 
17. If a school district, or the officer’s parents, requires an adult travel companion, it will be at their own expense. The companion will not participate in the officer program.
18. The qualifications to be a candidate for national TSA office restrict persons not legally residing in the United States of America.

                                   National TSA Officer Candidate Application Procedure

Coming January 2017

                                   National TSA Officer Candidate Information

Coming January 2017


Any questions about running for a national TSA office can be directed to Suzy Orr at