South Dakota

South Dakota Construction and Home Improvement AssociationsSouth Dakota does not require general contractors to be licensed to perform work in the state. However, if you are an electrical contractor, inspector or Journeyman, then you will need to complete an online application. The form can be downloaded, printed and mailed back to the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. You can log onto their website at for more information.

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Carpenters who work in South Dakota do not have to be licensed. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is an organization that was founded in 1881 by Peter J. McGuire. He was the first UBC general secretary and a great labor leader for years. The first union was formed in Chicago. UBC members today enjoy many educational opportunities. They offer a variety of courses to accommodate different member's skill sets. You can find their website at

UBC offers many educational opportunities for carpenters to learn about green building principles. You will learn about green building concepts, materials and terminology. Detailed specifics related to different trades are included in the program. Programs that detail interior systems, framing and residential carpenters can be found on their website.

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General Contractors

The Associated General Contractors of American organization is another association where you can sign up to become a member on their website at Chapters are located across the country. There are two chapters located in South Dakota. The AGC of South Dakota is located in Pierre. The office phone number is 605-224-8689. The AGC South Dakota Bldg. Chapter is located in Sioux Falls. You can reach the Sioux Falls chapter by calling 605-336-9338. The organization is dedicated to improving the workplace for general contractors.

AGC also offers safety training, business and marketing information and networking opportunities. Student chapters provide students with the opportunities to learn, observe and develop their skills. Over 3,000 programs are accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. These programs are found in a variety of colleges and universities located around the country. You can find AGC student chapters on their website.

Home Decorators and Designers

Home decorators and designers can find a variety of working opportunities in South Dakota. There is no state mandated license requirement for home decorators and designers. However, if you would like to obtain a national certification, then you can visit the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. The NCIDQ is a nationally recognized certification within the industry. For more information, you can visit their website at

The American Society of Interior Designers is another organization where you can enjoy member benefits such as educational programs, networking opportunities and industry knowledge. Members can join by going to their website at Chapters are located in cities throughout the country. ASID is located in Washington, DC on Massachusetts Avenue.

The organization also presents awards to members for obtaining the highest level of professional recognition. There are national and chapter awards. ASID has a scholarship program that welcomes students who are interested in pursuing a career in design. They also have foundation projects that benefit the health, safety and welfare of the public through scholarships, education and interior design research.

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Electrical Contractors

Electrical contractors who work in the State of South Dakota should look into joining the National Electrical Contractor Association. This popular trade association supports its members with educational programs and networking opportunities. Membership also gives you access to the latest news in the electrical industry. Professional development programs offered by the association can help you grow your business. NECA also offers continuing education course information on their website. Learn about state code and licensing requirements for each state by visiting their website at

South Dakota requires installations to conform to approved methods by the National Electrical Code. They also require electrical contractors and electricians to be licensed by the State Electrical Commission. There are a variety of types of licenses and qualifications. The application and fees vary according to class. Experience and education determine each class. There are a few exemptions for employees of communication and electric utilities. To learn more about the specifics of licensing requirements, contact the State Electrical Commission in Pierre, SD at 1-800-233-7765. NECA is associated with Colleges and Universities that feature the Student Chapter program. Resources are provided for students who want to become involved with industry partners. Student chapter conferences can be found on their website.

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