Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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South Dakota Board of Technical Professions

Information for Providers of Education

The South Dakota Board of Technical Professions does not pre-approve providers of continuing education for licensees. The Board accepts continuing education that provides lifelong learning to stay current in technology, equipment, procedures, processes, tools, professional ethics and business practices. Licensees are encouraged to select meaningful activities which will be of benefit in the pursuit of their chosen fields.

The Board accepts monographs from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), designer shorts from Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and referrals from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES).

It is important, as providers, to keep records in the form of certification or other documents supporting attendance at and completion of continuing education activities. Providers must never provide blank certificates or documents to attendees. If the provider cannot furnish the attendee with a certificate showing the professional development hours completed at the activity, the provider must mail the certificate at a later time. Also if the attendee leaves early, the provider must note this on the attendance records, and the attendee should only receive the amount of actual time spent at the activity shown on a certificate either given at the activity or mailed at a later time. Generally, the certificate is not handed out until the end of the day or end of the session or activity. Many providers use a sign in sheet at each of the various sessions being conducted as part of the activity in order to keep records of attendance.

In the case of an audit, the Board may need to contact the provider for verification of the licensee's attendance. In addition to a sign in sheet of those in attendance at a specific session, the provider should also have on file:

  • Type of activity claimed
  • Sponsoring organization
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Instructors or speaker name, address and telephone number
  • PDH credits earned

This information can then be used to verify the authenticity of the certificates issued to attendees, if needed during an audit.

Providers should refer to the Blue Book (covering South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 36-18A-39 and Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:38:35:01-10) for other specific information regarding continuing professional development requirements for maintaining licensure in the technical professions in South Dakota.