Modified: August 9, 2021

Welcome to Seismic Design Review

Seismic Design Review (SDR) provides civil engineering candidates the most comprehensive products to help them effectively prepare for the 2.5 hour CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) portion of the California Civil Professional Engineers Examination.

For over 30 years, the SDR seminars and SDR workbook have been helping candidates prepare for the California Civil P.E. exam. As the CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) exam passing statistics show, SDR seminar participants have twice the exam passing rate of those who have taken the exam without SDR's help.


Effective January 2020, the Board began using the 2019 California Building Code (CBC) and ASCE 7-16 as the building code and seismic load standard for the CA civil seismic principles exam.

The content for the Live Seminars, Live Webinars, and NEW On-Demand Webinars use the 2018 IBC (2019 CBC) and ASCE 7-16 for exam candidates who plan on taking the CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) exam between January 2020 through December 2022.

NOTE: All Live Seminar attendees, Live Webinar participants, and On-Demand Webinar - ALL Lectures participants will be provided access to a 55 question online computer-based testing (CBT) sample exam prior to their CA special civil seismic principles examination. This online CBT sample exam is timed (2.5 hours) and results will be providing immediately upon the completion of the exam. Participants will be allowed to take the online CBT sample exam twice.

NEW Intro Video for the 2020 through 2022 Exams

Seismic Design Review – Special Civil Seismic Principles Exam Preparation Products:

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Seismic Design Review Live Seminars

Taught by Steven T. Hiner, MS, SE, this 4-day (30-hour) intensive seminar series is specifically tailored for individuals who do not possess a strong background in structural analysis and/or principles of earthquake resistant design. Focusing on the review of exam specific areas, solving realistic exam-similar practice problems, along with tips and strategies, these seminars will help you effectively prepare the for the CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) examination.

COVID-19 Update - due to the uncertainty of whether in-person gatherings will be allowed in early 2021, there will be no Live Seminars in Pleasanton or Irvine. See the Live Webinar and On-Demand Webinar information below.

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Seismic Design Review Live Webinars

The Live Webinars are presented in the same manner as the Live Seminars, but over a period of five weeks. The Live Webinars include intensive and structured review of the important topics, problem solving practice, along with the tips and strategies that will be needed to pass the exam. The Live Webinar format allows you to ask questions and participate in the course from the convenience of your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet device.

The Fall 2021 SDR Live Webinars will begin on September 7, 2021 and end on October 23, 2021. Just as was the case for the Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021 SDR Live Webinars, the Fall 2021 SDR Live Webinars will be a hybrid of the 2020 SDR On-Demand Webinars with added question and answer (Q&A) live webinars offered twice a week for five weeks. The SDR Live Webinars resulted in a nearly 90% pass rate for the CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) exam in 2020 and so far in 2021.

Live Webinars are based on the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), 2019 California Building Code (CBC), and ASCE 7-16.

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Seismic Design Review On-Demand Webinars

Access selected portions or all of the approximate 32 hours of video content recorded from the 2020 Live Webinars.

The On-Demand videos are bundled into four individual lecture modules that match the content presented in the four Live Seminar lectures.

Purchase access to ALL of the On-Demand Webinar lectures, or purchase access to individual On-Demand Webinar lectures, to prepare for the 2021 CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) exam.

SDR On-Demand Webinars are available NOW and are based on the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), 2019 California Building Code (CBC), and ASCE 7-16.

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Seismic Design Review Workbook

2018 IBC (2019 CBC) version – SDR Workbooks are NOW in stock and available for order and shipping.

Workbook includes lecture notes, example problems (with comprehensive solutions), 456 multiple choice problems (similar to the exam format), multiple choice solutions, important definitions, notations, short-cut tables, TWO - 55 question sample exams, sample exam solutions, and an index for quick access to the information you will need when taking the exam.