South Dakota

State CPE Requirements

State Board Website:

South Dakota State Board Website

License Renewal Deadline:

8/1 annually

CPE Reporting Period:

7/1 to 6/30 over a rolling three year period

Total CPE Hours Required:

120 hours

Minimum CE Hours per year:

20 hours

Ethics Requirements:


Credit Limitations:

• Instruction: An individual employed by a college or university may not claim continuing education credit in excess of 60 hours during a reporting period for instructing college/university courses. An individual may elect to claim less than 60 hours for a course taught in one year and claim the balance in subsequent years if the individual teaches the course in each year the credit is claimed and the credit does not exceed the number of hours allowed.
• Published Materials: The board may approve credit for the writing of published articles, books, or CPE programs to include credit for research and writing time. The article, book, or CPE program must be formally reviewed by an independent party. This type of credit is limited to fifty (50%) percent of the hours required in a reporting period.
• Self-Study and Nano Learning: Self-study and nano learning courses must be from a NASBA approved provider.
• Subject areas: No more than 24 hours of behavioral/motivational courses are permitted in a reporting period for those engaged in public accounting.

Other Subject Area Requirements:


Other State Policies:

• Programs which contribute directly to the professional competence of a CPA or PA in the practice of accountancy are eligible for CPE credit.
• Personal development credits may be acceptable if they maintain or improve a CPA’s competence.
• South Dakota accepts CPE credits for programs offered by National Registry sponsors.

Nonresident Certificate Holders Exemption
• A certificate holder is considered compliant with this state’s CPE requirements if the individual meets the continuing professional education requirement for renewal in the state which is their principal place of business. The individual’s principal place of business is the location registered as the individual’s office on the board records.
• If the licensee’s principal place of business has no continuing professional education requirement for any renewal period, the nonresident must comply with all continuing professional education requirements in this state.