South Dakota CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for South Dakota? Each state or region in the United States has a different set of requirements in order to sit for the test. If you are considering South Dakota, you should first understand if you meet all of the necessary qualifications including education, residency, and age requirements. Below you will find the appropriate prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all South Dakota CPA requirements. For example, did you know that you do not need to have a Social Security Number in order to sit for the exam?

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in SD may require additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience.

The data on this page was last reviewed and updated in November 2017.

CPA Exam Requirements in South Dakota


  • Baccalaureate degree is required.
  • 120 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Additional semester hour requirements. See full education requirements on the South Dakota Board of Accountancy website.

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South Dakota State Requirements & Education Options

The Educational Requirement is:

At least 150 semester hours of college education, including graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a baccalaureate or 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.

Both a major in accounting or a course of study substantially equivalent to a major in accounting must include 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate r graduate level from a regionally accredited college or university, including elementary principles of accounting and at least one course in each of the following: intermediate or advanced accounting, auditing, taxation and cost accounting. A degree in accounting or a course of study substantially equivalent to a major in accounting must also include 24 semester hours in business courses other than accounting courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.

A course may not be audited, but must appear as semester or quarter hour credit on an official transcript. A semester hour means the conventional college semester hour. Quarter hours may be converted to semester hours by multiplying them by two-thirds.


US citizenship is not required.
South Dakota residency is not required.


NO Age Requirements.

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Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $120.00
Audit: $208.40
Financial: $208.40
Regulation: $208.40
Business: $208.40
Total: $953.60

*Registration fee for re-examination depends on the number of parts you are retaking.

Contact Information:
South Dakota Board of Accountancy
Phone: 605-367-5770

301 E. 14th St., Suite 200
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-5022

CPA License Requirements in South Dakota


Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

Work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number is not required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

Getting your CPA license in South Dakota can mean that additional requirements must be met. Since fees, requirements, and rules may change on a frequent basis, we highly recommend contacting the South Dakota State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing information.

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