Competency Symposium

Competency Symposium 2020 FAQs

Registration Questions

Registration will be available until midnight on Friday, May 1, 2020 or until we have reached capacity. We anticipate capacity being 350 participants. Please note that we expect the symposium to fill quickly so don’t delay your registration!

Due to capacity limitations and wanting to provide this opportunity to as many individuals as possible, there is a registration cap at ten individuals per institution.

Payment must be received by Friday, May 1, 2020, or you will forfeit your registration.

In addition, the hotel blocks reserved for symposium attendees will be released beginning on April 10. Please note that graduation is occurring Thursday through Saturday of that week so hotel rooms will fill quickly and at higher booking rates.

No. All registrations must be received by Friday, May 1, 2020. 

Symposium registration will include:

  • Access to all symposium’s sessions
  • Lunch and snacks on Wednesday, May 20
  • Breakfast and boxed lunch on Thursday, May 21

No! The registration cost for the symposium will be the same for all attendees. You do not need to be a NACE member to attend. 

You can transfer your registration to a colleague by following these steps:

  1. Submit your request in writing to Tim Harding ( by Friday, May 1, 2020.
  2. Include your registration confirmation with your written request.
Only one transfer is allowed per original registration. Please note: The planning committee reserves the right to deny substitution requests, in advance or on-site.

All badges are to be picked up on-site on Wednesday, May 20, at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Please look for the symposium information table inside the main entrance.

Due to capacity limitations and wanting to provide this opportunity to as many individuals as possible, there is a registration cap at ten individuals per institution.

If five to 10 members from the same organization register for the symposium, we will offer a 20% discount for each registrant. This is, essentially, a “buy 4 get 1 free” deal! The team registration option works in groups of five or 10. If you have more than five individuals, you will use the group registration option for five people and the individual registration option for the those above five.

We are committed to providing symposium experiences and environments that are welcoming, inviting, and user-friendly for all attendees. The planning committee recognizes that some individuals require specific accommodations to ensure their full and equal participation. Requests for specific accessibility accommodations, including the dates and times of anticipated services, must be received by Robert Vega at no later than May 1, 2020, to ensure those arrangements can be arranged and confirmed prior to symposium.

If you have additional dietary requests that were not submitted on the registration questionnaire, please contact Robert Vega at no later than May 1, 2020.

Hotel and Travel Questions

The 2020 symposium will take place on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21, 2020, on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.

For information on hotel accommodations, please click here.

Please refer to the Hotel and Travel Page for more information.

Yes, we have reserved a room at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center to store luggage.

We suggest booking a flight that lands by 10am.

We suggest booking a flight that departs at 3pm or later.

Yes, Uber and Lyft are readily available in Austin. In addition, several scooter companies are available in the city. Please refer to the Hotel and Travel Page for more information.

General Questions

While the timing and length of the 2020 symposium will remain the same, the content will be different. We encourage past attendees to return to the symposium to engage with peers and learn more about how competencies are being integrated on their campus.

At the 2020 symposium, we will follow a different format than in 2019. All attendees will follow one track. However, beginners or anyone who needs a refresher can attend the Pillar Primer session at lunch on Wednesday, May 20. There will also be an opportunity for affinity groups to meet together – functional area affinity groups and institution type affinity groups. Faculty will be discussing competencies with other faculty, career services staff with other career services staff, large four-year institutions with other large four-year, two-year schools with other two-year schools, etc.

A list of symposium institutions will be provided before the symposium begins. A full list of attendees, with contact information, will be included in the symposium workbook, which you receive at registration.

Relevant symposium details, such as any pre-readings, for example, will be provided to attendees before the symposium. Additional resources and materials will be provided in the symposium workbook, which you will receive upon on-site registration.

The symposium is set in a relaxed atmosphere. We encourage attendees to display their school spirit by wearing their branded polo shirts, etc.! Meeting spaces can be cool so bringing a layer is recommended.

Although attendees may bring family members to Austin, only paid registrants will be permitted to attend symposium events.

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