South Dakota
Retirement System
Proudly Serving South Dakota's Public Employees Since 1974



SDRS provides an array of retirement planning tools for its membership. Throughout the year, SDRS retirement planners travel our state to reach out and educate members. Retirement can be a complex phase of a person's life. SDRS strives to provide members with every opportunity to be better prepared for this life-changing event through our educational services and outreach programs.

Individual Counseling Sessions

SDRS retirement planners travel to communities throughout South Dakota to meet one-on-one with members for personal retirement counseling sessions. Whether you are new to the system, are nearing retirement, or are somewhere in-between, you will benefit from a session with our retirement planners. It's never too early, or too late, to plan for your retirement!

Individual Counseling Session Schedule

To schedule an appointment, please contact SDRS toll-free at 1-888-605-SDRS (7377) or

On the Road to Financial Success:
Early & Mid-Career Workshops

The "On the Road to Financial Success" workshops target those members in the early and middle stages of their careers and offer a wide-ranging spectrum of money-related topics to promote personal financial awareness and increase retirement preparedness through budgeting and financial planning exercises.

What people are saying about this workshop:
  • "This was incredibly helpful. I wish it were required of all employees. I'm very glad I came."

  • "I wasn't sure what to was very informal, educational, and even kind of fun."

  • "Surprisingly interesting and thought-provoking."

  • "I really need to go to another one of these because I didn't know how much I was missing!"

Workshop Schedule & Registration

Women & Financial Planning Workshops

Statistically speaking, women live longer, are more conservative investors, and are more apt to take time off work to care for children and elders, creating unique challenges when it comes to financial and retirement planning. The Women and Financial Planning workshop focuses on strengthening the overall financial wellness of SDRS' largest membership group.

What people are saying about this workshop:
  • "The focus on women was refreshing."

  • "Speakers were engaging and easy to follow. Topics were diverse and covered relevant topics."

  • "I never knew how important all of this was until this presentation."

Workshop Schedule & Registration

Successful Transitions to New Beginnings:
Pre-Retirement Planning Workshops

The "Successful Transitions to New Beginnings" pre-retirement planning workshops offer members nearing retirement the opportunity to expand on income planning skills while increasing awareness of the many challenges retirees face during this phase of their lives. The workshop provides a general overview of SDRS, the SDRS Supplemental Retirement Plan (SRP), and Social Security and also discusses retirement income and budgeting as well as risks and additional retirement planning considerations.

What people are saying about this workshop:
  • "Relevant information for a variety of situations, easy to understand and follow."

  • "I was impressed. Many of my questions were answered and I feel confident that if I do have questions, there are people who I can trust to turn to."

  • "Awesome! So helpful to know what to expect and how to plan! This workshop empowers me to dive into some planning and gives me confidence."

Workshop Schedule & Registration

Coffee Talk:
Retiree Forums

The "Coffee Talk" forums are specifically designed for SDRS retirees as another method of remaining connected with SDRS. Stay informed on your benefits, legislative changes as they relate to SDRS, cost-of-living adjustments, and other topics of interest and importance to our retirees.

Forum Schedule & Registration

Employer & Authorized Agent Training Sessions

Training designed specifically for SDRS Authorized Agents who assist members at the local level. Topics covered during the training session include SDRS forms, Foundation and Generational benefit designs, steps to SDRS retirement, refund process, electronic reporting and direct deposit of contributions, and the SDRS Supplemental Retirement Plan (SRP) and Special Pay Plan (SPP).

Training Session Schedule & Registration