Modified: April 25, 2017

About the Civil P.E. Exam and the Seismic Design Review Course

The CA Civil P.E. Exam

The California Civil Professional Engineers examination is offered twice a year, generally in mid-April and late October. The exam consists of the following four parts:

  • Part I: General NCEES - eight hour examination administered on a Friday.
  • Part II: California P.E. State Laws and Board Rules - Take Home Examination.
  • Part III: California Special Civil - Seismic Principles Examination - two and one-half hours in length, all multiple choice.
  • Part IV: California Special Civil - Engineering Surveying Principles Examination - two and one-half hours in length, all multiple choice.

All four parts need to be successfully completed to be licensed as a Civil Engineer in the State of California, but you do not need to pass all parts at the same time (i.e., each part may be passed separately from the other parts).

Both the Special Civil Seismic Principles and Engineering Surveying Principles examinations are administered by PROMETRIC Services in a computer based testing (CBT) format.

The Fall 2017 seismic principles and engineering surveying principles examinations will be offered over a three week time period from Thursday October 19 through Thursday November 9, 2017. Check with the BPELSG website for additional information.

The Seismic Design Review (SDR) Course

The Seismic Design Review course is presented in preparation for the two and one-half hour Special Civil Seismic Principles portion of the California Civil Professional Engineers Examination (i.e., Part III). The course is specifically tailored for individuals who do not possess a strong background in structural analysis and/or principles of earthquake resistant design.

The course covers seismic design, analysis, and retrofit principles that pertain to buildings and other structures using the 2015 International Building Code (IBC), 2016 California Building Code (CBC), ASCE 7-10, as well as other reference standards.