Engineering Professional Development Hours (PDH) FAQs

Continuing education for Professional Engineers in South Dakota is Measured in Professional Development Hours or PDH.

How many PDHs are required for professional engineers in South Dakota?

Engineers in South Dakota are required to complete 30 PDHs every two years.

When do South Dakota engineers renew their license?

Engineer renewals in South Dakota renew on the anniversary of initial licensure.

Do your engineering courses qualify for credit with the state of South Dakota?

Yes, the South Dakota State Registration State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors does not pre-approve providers of engineering continuing education courses. Each engineer has the power to determine which courses meet the board requirements and their educational needs. Our courses include a short quiz at the end of each PDH that fulfills the requirement to show evidence of achievement and completion. Quizzes are graded automatically, and certificates are available immediately upon completion.

What content is approved for PDHs in South Dakota?

Technical, managerial, and ethical content that is relevant to the practice of engineering is approved as continuing education for engineers in South Dakota. Business skills, professional development skills, computer skills not related specifically to engineering, and subjects that are "elementary" or entry level are not accepted.

Who stores my engineering continuing education records?

Technically each engineer is responsible for keeping track and submitting their own certificates, BUT WE STORE ALL CERTIFICATES INDEFINITELY and they can always be accessed for free. CPC completion records must be maintained for a minimum of 4 years.

How do I renew my South Dakota professional engineer's license?

License renewals can be completed online at

Who is in charge of engineer's licenses in the state of South Dakota?

South Dakota Board of Technical Professions
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3101

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