South Dakota Professional Engineers

Professional Development Hour (PDH) Requirements

South Dakota engineers are required to complete 30 PDH every other year.  The deadline is based on your date of original licensure.  At least 20 PDH must be in “technical subjects that lead to further development in the registrant’s profession”.  Specific technical topics include electrical and plumbing systems, construction methods, accessibility, and building codes to name a few.

The state board does not approve continuing education providers or courses. However, the Board allows “successful completion of correspondence, televised, videotaped, audio taped, internet and other short courses or tutorials with verifiable passing scores from examination.  Note that all of our courses require completion of an online exam with a passing grade of 70%.

There is no limit to the number of hours that can be completed through online or correspondence courses.  A maximum of 15 PDH may be carried forward into the next renewal period.

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Subject Requirement

Hours Required

30 PDH biennially

Renewal Dates

Based on the date of original licensure

Course Approval

The Board does not require pre-approval for providers or specific courses.

Course Content

At least 20 PDH must be in technical areas such as design; environmental analysis; programming and planning; structural systems; lateral forces; mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and acoustical systems; construction methods; construction observation; site and soil analyses and design; accessibility; building codes; selection of building materials; and surveying methods and techniques.


There is no limit on the number of hours that can be earned through online or correspondence courses.

Board Website: South Dakota Commission of Engineering, Architectural and Land Surveying Examiners