South Dakota CPA Requirements

A CPA is a certified public accountant who is licensed by a state board of accountancy.

To earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, you are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the CPA exam and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience.

The two most important aspects of becoming a CPA are passing the Uniform CPA Exam and meeting licensing requirements in the state where you want to practice.

South Dakota CPA licensure Requirements – Overview
Educational Hours Required for Licensure150 Semester Hours
Residency RequiredU.S. citizen or legal resident
Degree RequiredBachelor’s or Master’s
Minimum AgeNot required
Application Fee$100.00
Additional RequirementsSouth Dakota Board of Accountancy Site

Educational Hours Required for licensure

The Certified Public Accountant certification is one of the most prestigious professional certifications available. It indicates that the accountant has satisfied a demanding set of educational, professional, and ethical standards. In addition, candidates must pass the rigorous CPA exam in order to earn the distinction of this credential. Before candidates can sit for the exam, they must satisfy their South Dakota CPA requirements and qualifications. Each state has its own set of eligibility requirements for the CPA licensure, which should not be confused with CPA exam requirements. Below we will be discussing the requirements for the state of South Dakota.

At least 150 semester hours of college education, including graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate or a graduate degree in accounting, or the satisfactory completion of a course of study which the board has determined to be substantially the equivalent of an accounting degree, including related courses in other areas of business administration. Such courses of study may be in a college or university, recognized by the board.

Minimum age required

Minimum age not required. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or legally present in the United States.

Professional Ethics

Candidates who have successfully passed the examination will be required to complete the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s continuing professional educational course “Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course On-Demand (For Licensure).”

Fees

$100 for the individual application and $65 for firm annual permit.

Work Experience

The candidate will have one year of experience. This experience shall include providing any type of service or advice involving the use of accounting, attest, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills, all of which were verified by a licensee.

A firm license process

Each firm and office thereof established or maintained for the practice of public accountancy in this State shall register with the Board within 30 days after it is opened, and annually thereafter, on a form prescribed by the Board.

Each office shall be under the direct supervision of a resident manager who must be registered with this Board and the holder of a valid annual permit.

South Dakota CPA firm Registration

Additional Information

While we do our best to keep all of this information up to date you are welcome to visit and or contact that South Dakota Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

South Dakota State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: 301 East 14th Street Suite 200
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 367-5770
Fax: (605) 367-5773
Email: nicole.kasin@state.sd.us
Web: dlr.sd.gov
CPA Certification form: South Dakota CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: South Dakota Annual Registration Form

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