Policies and Procedures

The SDCPA Society Board of Directors has approved the programs, fees, and the following policies and procedures. All courses are designed to meet the NEW CPE requirements of the South Dakota Board of Accountancy. There are no continuing education requirements for membership in the South Dakota CPA Society. However, there are CPE requirements for licensees in the state as well as for members of the American Institute of CPAs.


Registrations are accepted at any time. All courses require prepayment and there is a $50 late fee for registrations postmarked after the date published with each course. Deadlines are approximately three weeks prior to the course presentation dates. Online, mail, fax, phone and walk-in registrations are accepted but an adequate quantity of materials may not be available at the site for late registrants.

Payment Methods

CPE may be paid by cash, check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to “SDCPAS” or “South Dakota CPA Society”. The Society accepts VISA, MasterCard and Discover Card.

Instructor Delivery Method

Classroom / seminar

Computation of Credits

All course hours are based on a 50-minute classroom hour. 25-minutes compute to ½ credit hour after the 1st hour.

Attendance and Documentation

After the completion of the course we will send proof of attendance via email for your records. You will need to retain documentation for 4 years. All participants are asked to register their attendance at the course site on signature sheets. Copies of these sheets as well as the list of participants are forwarded to the South Dakota Board of Accountancy for their records. The same information will be kept on file at the South Dakota CPA Society office for a period of five calendar years following the calendar year of the course.

Confirmation and Cancellation

Approximately two weeks prior to the course date a determination will be made as to whether or not the course will be held. If the program will be held, confirmations will be sent via email to all participants reminding them of the date, time, course title, and location. If the program will be canceled (most likely due to insufficient number of registrants) an attempt will be made to reach each participant to notify him or her of the cancellation.

At the Site

Registration begins 30 minutes before the program. Eight-hour programs begin at 8:00 am. Breaks are scheduled at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM and are subject to change according to the discussion leader’s preference. Eight-hour programs include all materials and lunch. Course materials are distributed at the site unless a request has been made to ship materials in advance to a participant. Limited refreshments and meals are provided with the courses that are not held at motel or hotel sites.

If special arrangements or diet needs are required, please notify the Society office.

As a courtesy to all, cell phones are not allowed in the classroom unless ringers are turned on vibrate or Off.

The Board of Directors has determined that there will be No Smoking permitted in any meeting room where a South Dakota CPA Society CPE course is being held. Please confine smoking to designated smoking areas at the course sites.

Cancellation and Substitution

Substitutions may be made without penalty for any course registered for as a single course. If the participant cancels prior to the posted deadline to avoid the late fee, the registration fee will be refunded in full. Cancellations received 1 – 3 weeks before the course date may be subject to one of the following:

  • If nonrefundable materials have been ordered or produced the participant will be assessed the cost of these materials which will be withheld from the refund.
  • If materials are returnable a penalty of the lesser of 50% of the registration fee or $50 may be withheld from the refund. Persons who cancel their participation in a program seven days or less prior to the course date may forfeit the registration fee.

However, these situations are addressed on an individual basis. Persons registered for a course who do not qualify for reimbursement or who simply do not show up will be sent all course materials at the conclusion of the program. If an event is canceled due to inclement weather, we will attempt to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, registration fees will be refunded.

Lodging Arrangements

Blocks of sleeping rooms have been reserved for participants on a first-come first-reserved basis and will be released three weeks prior to the course dates by the motels. Please make your sleeping room reservations directly with the motel and tell the reservation staff that you are attending a South Dakota CPA Society presentation in order to receive the quoted rate. If you have difficulty making your motel accommodations, please contact the Society office at 605-334-3848 for assistance.