DTC Review for the Civil PE Exam:


If your work is focused on soil mechanics and properties, earth structures and foundations, the Geotechnical PE Exam is the right exam for you.

– Dr. Tom

Before you choose the Geotechnical Exam as your PM Exam, we recommend that you watch Dr. Tom’s Civil Exam Strategy – Part 1 Video to see Dr. Tom’s recommendations on PM Exam choice. 

Signing up for the DTC Review for the Civil: Geotechnical PE Exam gives you access to Dr. Tom’s successful, exam-focused, online course from the day you sign until the day of the exam.

“I passed the Civil Geotechnical PE Exam with a score of 79. Thank you for providing excellent tools for taking the test. It really was the best method to help me prepare well. I will be telling my colleagues about your course and how well it worked for me.

Thanks again!” – PE, Texas

Geotechnical Course Structure

The Review covers both the AM Breadth Exam and the PM Geotechnical Exam.

Civil AM Exam (Breadth)

For the first 15 weeks, you will review the common Civil AM Exam topics in each of the five Civil Engineering areas: Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation and Water Resources & Environmental. Each area is covered in three weeks and you will have five expert instructors, one for each topic.

Geotechnical PM Exam (Depth)

For the last 5 weeks, you will review PM Exam topics for your area, familiarizing you with solutions for the type of problems you will see on the exam. You will continue with the expert instructor for Geotechnical: Mike Batten, PE.

Payment Options

Pay Up Front

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Start for only $50 and save $100!

Purchase the course in 2 modules:

  • First AM Review module for $50
  • All other modules for $800



Start for only $50 and spread out your payments!

Purchase the course in 7 modules:

  • First AM Review module for $50
  • 6 other modules @ $150 each


Special Pay Up Front Price for Final Pencil-and-Paper Civil Exam

October 2021 is the last time that the pencil-and-paper version of the Civil PE Exams will be offered. NCEES has moved up the conversion of the Civil PE Exams to CBT to 2022 and, unfortunately, has yet to release information about the scope of these new exams or the Reference Handbook, making it impossible for DTC to begin creating new Civil courses for the CBT exam format. 

Because of these circumstances, the DTC team has made the difficult decision to discontinue our reviews for the Civil PE Exams after the October 2021 Exam and concentrate our efforts going forward on providing the best Mechanical PE Exam Reviews available. 

We will continue to fully support participants in our Civil Reviews right up until the day of October Exam, but we will not be able to offer any retakes of the course after that date, as the course we currently offer will no longer be applicable to the CBT Exam and we will not be creating a new Civil Course. Read Civil Terms & Conditions for complete details.

We are offering a Special Discount Price on our Pay Up Front option for this last pencil-and-paper Civil Exam. May 1 through August 31, you can purchase the Pay Up Front option of any Civil Review for only $550! 

PAY UP FRONT$550 (Save $400!) 

With each payment option, you receive the same comprehensive review; the only difference is when you pay and the overall cost. You have access to all the course materials you have paid for from the day you purchase them until the day of the exam, so you can start your review immediately and work at your own pace until the exam. Keep in mind that the sooner you start, the more time you will have to complete your review. The ideal time to begin your 20-Week Review is 24 weeks before the exam.

What to Expect

This comprehensive and targeted review uses Dr. Tom’s tried and true method for relearning the needed engineering concepts, organizing your exam resource materials, and using his problem-solving strategy to maximize your ability to solve problems quickly during the exam.

You course will be 100% online, and you can access the course materials 24/7 allowing you to work at your own pace and on your own schedule. We have also kept the course videos short (10 to 30 minutes) to give you the flexibility to fit your review into your schedule.

In the Review, you follow detailed, day-by-day assignments in your study plan in which you:

  • go online to watch pre-recorded video lessons (over 50),
  • read selected assignments in the CERM and other reference books,
  • learn the most efficient ways to solve problems,
  • work numerous, carefully chosen problems including:
    • assigned NCEES practice exam problems,
    • weekly Challenge Problems with solution videos in the course (over 50),
    • weekly Assessment Problems in the course,
  • access a Participant Forum to ask your instructors questions about the course content,
  • download handouts for every lesson and problem presented,
  • use these handouts and your notes to build your own Personalized Resource Notebooks,
  • download and use the Civil: Geotechnical Exam Day Companion reference.

It’s a lot of material and a lot of work, but if you follow the plan, you will be prepared for the exam

Geotechnical Course Syllabus

1     AM     Structural Week 1: Solid Mechanics
2     AM     Structural Week 2: Advanced Design and Materials
3     AM     Structural Week 3: Applications to Structures
4     AM     Construction Week 1: Cost Estimating and Project Scheduling
5     AM     Construction Week 2: Construction Methods, Loading & Temporary Structures
6     AM     Construction Week 3: Surveying, Earthwork and Safety
7     AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 1: Fluid Mechanics
8     AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 2: Rainfall Runoff Prediction
9     AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 3: Stormwater Collection
10   AM     Transportation Week 1: Horizontal Alignment
11   AM     Transportation Week 2: Vertical Alignment
12   AM     Transportation Week 3: Traffic Volume
13   AM     Geotechnical Week 1: Soil Mechanics and Soil Properties
14   AM     Geotechnical Week 2: Soil Mechanics
15   AM     Geotechnical Week 3: Materials
16   PM     Geotechnical Week 4: Site Characterization, Soil Mechanics and Testing
17   PM     Geotechnical Week 5: Seismic, Groundwater, and Earth Structures
18   PM     Geotechnical Week 6: Earth Structures
19   PM     Geotechnical Week 7: Earth Retaining Structures
20   PM     Geotechnical Week 8: Shallow Foundations & Deep Foundations

Geotechnical Course Required & Recommended Texts

Required Texts:

  • PE Civil Reference Manual (CERM)
  • NCEES PE Civil Practice Exam
  • ASCE 7 – Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
  • OSHA 29 CFR – Part 1926, Subpart P – Excavations, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction

Recommended Texts:

  • FHWA NHI-01-031 Subsurface Investigations – Geotechnical Site Characterization Reference Manual
  • NAVFAC DM 7.01 Soil Mechanics
  • NAVFAC DM 7.02 Foundations and Earth Structures
  • Other references recommended by NCEES in the NCEES Exam Specifications

You will receive detailed information about which editions to acquire and where to get them after you sign up for your course.