Fri Jul 19, 2019
Revision Date:

updated 08.25.18

National FBLA Community Service Guidelines Found at the End of This Section
National FBLA Community Service Website:


March 1, 2018-February 28, 2019

The Goal:  33,000 Community Service Hours Annually
99,000 Community Service Hours from March 1, 2016, to February 28, 2019

Community service is one of the core goals of FBLA, and it should be a focus of all chapters and all members. PA FBLA’s Big 33 program is designed to recognize chapters and members for the volunteer hours they have committed in school and in the community.

Members who participate in the Big 33 program are encouraged to participate in and submit hours for the national Community Service Awards program.  The link to the national CSA program is:

Big 33 Guidelines
1. Community service hours may be claimed between March 1, 2018, and February 28, 2019.

2. Only hours for which the volunteer is unpaid may be claimed.

3. Volunteer hours may be claimed for service performed in the schools and in the community.

4. All hours must be recorded monthly on the online form found at this link:

5. All forms must be submitted to the state office monthly.

6. The maximum number of hours able to be claimed in one day is 24. No longer will generic items such as “Summer of 2018” be acceptable.

7. See the document titled “examples of service activities” for ideas on the type of activities that can be claimed for the Big 33 club.

Levels of Chapter Recognition
PA FBLA will present four types of awards to chapters, and these awards are based on the collective number of hours submitted by members of the local chapter.

Bronze Award Certificate: 1,000 to 2,300 hours of service
Silver Award Certificate: 2,301 to 3,550 hours of service
Gold Award Certificate: 3,551 to 4,750 hours of service
Platinum Award Certificate: 4,751 or more hours

In addition, certificates will be presented to the Top 10 chapters with the most community service hours during the business session at the State Leadership Conference.

All chapters achieving the bronze, silver, gold, or platinum levels certificates—will be recognized at the State Leadership Conference.

Levels of Member Recognition
PA FBLA will recognize all members who complete at least three hours of community service during the March 1, 2016, through February 28, 2017; the March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018; and the March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019, time period. The recognition members receive will be:

1. All participating members will be awarded a certificate of recognition and a letter of commendation.

2.  All chapter SLC attendees will receive a special chapter ribbon noting the chapter's participation in the Big 33 program.

3.  All chapter SLC attendees who registered community service hours will receive a special individual ribbon noting the student's participation in the Big 33 program.

4. Members who achieve top 10 status will be recognized at the State Leadership Conference, but it will not automatically entitle a member to qualify to attend the State Leadership Conference.


Big 33 Overview/Examples

Big 33 Community Service Overview (please read)
Big 33 Community Service Examples (please read)

  updated 08.25.18

National FBLA Community Service Website:


The Community Service Awards Program recognizes members with extraordinary commitment to community service. It has three levels:

  • CSA Community (50 hours)
  • CSA Service (200 hours)
  • CSA Achievement (500 hours)

Hours for the CSA are cumulative and build throughout a student's FBLA career.

There has been some confusion about the "window" of hours shown for each of the CSA awards. The CSA Community Award is active from 0 to 50 hours and EARNED (that is, able to be submitted) when 50 hours are accomplished. The CSA Service Award is active from 51 hours to 200 hours and EARNED when 200 hours are accomplished. Likewise, the CSA Achievement Award is active from 201 hours to 500 hours and EARNED when 500 hours are accomplished. The student is working TOWARDS the award during the "window" of hours and has EARNED the award once the required hours are reached.

The Community and Service award winners will receive a certificate, available online to be printed out when a CSA Award is submitted by the adviser. The CSA Achievement award winners will be awarded a pin at the NLC.

The chapter adviser must register the student for the Community Service Awards. An email will be sent to the adviser containing the student's login credentials. When a student logs hours equal to the requirements for a CSA Award, the adviser will login to the adviser area of the CSA, review the student's hours and will find a link to submit the award. CSA Community and Service Awards must be submitted by March 1 each year. The CSA Achievement Award must be submitted no later than April 25 each year. Students may continue logging hours after the submission deadline, but the award levels reached may not be submitted until August 1 of the next school year once submission closes for the current school year.

Adviser Login to Manage Community Service Awards:


Student Login to Enter Community Service Data:


Recognition for the FBLA CSA

The Community and Service award winners receive a certificate of recognition, which the local chapter adviser prints when a CSA is submitted. The CSA Achievement awards are presented at the National Leadership Conference (NLC).

How to Register and Submit Hours for the FBLA CSA

Chapter advisers must register their members for the Community Service Awards. Advisers will receive an email containing student login credentials. When a member logs enough hours to reach one of the CSA levels, the adviser must login to the CSA adviser area, review the member’s hours, and submit the Award.

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