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South Dakota CPA Exam Requirements


For Candidates in South Dakota that have not Taken the Uniform CPA Exam

The South Dakota Board of Accountancy is the regulatory agency that administers and enforces all laws and rules that govern certified public accountants operating in the state.

All applicants for the Uniform CPA Examination in South Dakota must complete at least 150 semester hours of post-secondary education.

This education must result in a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university OR the completion of an educational program deemed equivalent to an accounting degree by the Board of Accountancy. In either case, education must include:

*Today’s CPAs are expected to look beyond the numbers and serve as strategic leaders in business. Capella University offers online programs at two levels that provide a business education while also giving you the accounting skills you need to prepare for the Uniform CPA Exam:

*Accredited online master’s programs in accounting are helping to make the 150 semester hours required for a CPA license more accessible than ever. The AICPA recognizes Master of Science in Accounting programs as providing bachelor’s degree holders with the most direct path to earning the additional credit hours required for CPA licensure.

  • 24 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate accounting courses
  • Accounting courses must include one class in elementary principles of accounting as well as one class in each of the following subjects:
  • Intermediate or advanced accounting
  • Cost accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation

Examination Fee Requirements

All CPA examination applicants in South Dakota must pay a $30 fee upon submitting a Uniform CPA Initial Examination Application form.

Applicants are also required to pay a fee for each examination section they intend to sit for:

  • Auditing—$222.03
  • Business Environment and Concepts–$202.51
  • Accounting–$222.03
  • Regulation–$202.51

Prometric test centers in South Dakota can be found in:

  • Rapid City
  • Sioux Falls

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