Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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South Dakota Board of Technical Professions

The South Dakota Board of Technical Professions (SDBTP) is a regulatory board charged with licensing and regulating the professional practice of architecture, engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, and petroleum release services for the purpose of safeguarding public health, safety and welfare in the State of South Dakota. A person must be licensed by the Board before being permitted to offer and provide these professional services on projects located within the State of South Dakota.

Primary responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Reviewing applications
  • Administering examinations
  • Enrolling interns
  • Licensing qualified professionals
  • Communicating with licensees and the public regarding the laws, rules and professional standards of practice of these professions
  • Investigating complaints
  • Conducting disciplinary proceedings where appropriate
  • Restricting or revoking licenses when generally accepted standards of practice or conduct are not met
  • Encouraging continuing professional development for those who practice the professions

The Board is self supporting and generates its revenues from fees charged to applicants and licensees. The Board meetings are open to the public, with meeting agendas and minutes posted on this website after they have been prepared and approved.


The information provided on this website is provided as a courtesy to applicants and licensees. Reference should be made to South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) and Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) [which are duplicated in the Blue Book provided on this website in Adobe PDF format] for the most recent, complete and official information available. The SDBTP is not liable for any inaccurate or non-current information nor any sites linked to from this website.


As of the Sept. 21, 2018, Board meeting, the Structural Engineering I (ST I) exam by itself will not be accepted itself as a Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam; applicants must pass both STI I and Structural Engineering II (ST II) exams to be considered as having passed a PE exam and to qualify for licensure. For more meeting information, see the Sept. 21 minutes on the Board’s Meetings page.

Contact Us

2525 W. Main St., Suite 211
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 605.394.2510
Fax: 605.394.2509

Kathryn Patterson, Executive Director
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Lorrie Thompson, Senior Secretary
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