DTC Review for the Civil PE Exam:



Get $100 Off Through October 31 on any Civil 20-Week Review. Discount Code: civilhero20W

If you eat, sleep and dream about concrete, steel, timber and masonry, and wake up thinking about load failure, then the Structural PE Exam is probably the right exam for you.

– Dr. Tom

Before you choose the Structural 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: Structural 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.

“After reviewing other available material and courses, I realized that Dr. Tom’s 20-week PE Review Course is the right choice for me. I passed the Civil PE exam on my first try in October 2018 and I attribute this to Dr. Tom’s Classroom for providing the best schedule, study material, and strategies and also introducing a great team of instructors. I would highly recommend his classes to anyone who is planning on taking their PE exam.”

– Dadbeh Dowlatshahi, P.E., Houston, Texas

Structural Course Structure

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

Structural 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 Structural: Shannon Warchol, PE.

Time Frame Options

12 months to 6 months before the exam


6 months to 3 months before the exam



3 months to 1 months before the exam


With each of these options, you receive the same comprehensive review; the only difference is how long you have access to the course. You are paying for access to a specific course for a set period of time. That’s why longer access to the course costs more. 

You have access to all the course materials from the day you sign up until the day of the exam, so you can start your review immediately and work at your own pace until the exam. Check out the Civil Catalog to see which time frame options are currently available or coming soon for upcoming exam dates.

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: Structural 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

Structural Course Syllabus

1     AM     Geotechnical Week 1: Soil Mechanics and Soil Properties
2     AM     Geotechnical Week 2: Soil Mechanics
3     AM     Geotechnical Week 3: Materials
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     Structural Week 1: Solid Mechanics
14   AM     Structural Week 2: Advanced Design and Materials
15   AM     Structural Week 3: Applications to Structures
16   PM     Structural Week 4: Types of Loads
17   PM     Structural Week 5: Timber and Masonry Design
18   PM     Structural Week 6: Concrete Design
19   PM     Structural Week 7: Steel Design
20   PM     Structural Week 8: Concrete Formwork, Scaffolding & Safety

Structural Course Required & Recommended Texts

Required Texts:

  • PE Civil Reference Manual (CERM)
  • NCEES PE Civil Practice Exam
  • AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications
  • IBC 2015 – International Building Code
  • ASCE 7-10 – Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
  • Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete
  • Steel Construction Manual
  • NDS – National Design Specification for Wood Construction ASD/LRFD
  • NDS 2015 Supplement – National Design Specification Supplement, Design Values for Wood Construction 
  • NDS – Special Design Provisions for Wind & Seismic
  • ACI 530 – Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry Structures (and related commentaries)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Standards:
    • Subpart A, General, 1910.1–1910.9, with Appendix A to 1910.7
    • Subpart D, Walking-Working Surfaces, 1910.21–1910.30
    • Subpart F, Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms, 1910.66–1910.68, with Appendix A–Appendix D to 1910.66
  • Safety and Health Standards for Construction:
    • Subpart E, Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment, 1926.95–1926.107
    • Subpart M, Fall Protection, 1926.500–1926.503, Appendix A–Appendix E
    • Subpart Q, Concrete and Masonry Construction, 1926.700–1926.706, with Appendix A  
    • Subpart R, Steel Erection

Recommended Texts:

  • PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete

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



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