DTC Review for the Civil PE Exam:


If you’re not sure which exam to take, you may want to consider the Water Resources & Environmental Exam. With the fewest references and interrelated topics, it’s the easiest to prepare for, even if fluid mechanics are not your strong suit. If they are, then this is your exam.

– Dr. Tom

Before you choose the Water Resources & Environmental 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: Water Resources & Environmental 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 participated in the 20-Week Review class for the Water Resources & Environmental exam. All of the hours put into studying and developing the materials following the Dr. Tom method paid off as I passed the Exam. Taking the 20 weeks to absorb the material and develop organized references I believe was also critical to my success. I will recommend anyone taking the test in the future to use the Dr. Tom courses, they were worth both my monetary and time investments. “

– Chris Bakey, PE, Cochranville, PA

Water Resources & Environmental Course Structure

The Review covers both the AM Breadth Exam and the PM Water Resources & Environmental 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.

Water Resources & Environmental 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 Water Resources & Environmental: Dr. Beth Schiaudone, 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: Water Resources and Environmental 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

Water Resources & Environmental 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     Geotechnical Week 1: Soil Mechanics and Soil Properties

5     AM     Geotechnical Week 2: Soil Mechanics

6     AM     Geotechnical Week 3: Materials

7     AM     Construction Week 1: Cost Estimating and Project Scheduling

8     AM     Construction Week 2: Construction Methods, Loading & Temporary Structures

9     AM     Construction Week 3: Surveying, Earthwork and Safety

10   AM     Transportation Week 1: Horizontal Alignment

11   AM     Transportation Week 2: Vertical Alignment

12   AM     Transportation Week 3: Traffic Volume

13   AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 1: Fluid Mechanics

14   AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 2: Rainfall Runoff Prediction

15   AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 3: Stormwater Collection

16   AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 4: Hydraulics & Hydrology

17   AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 5: Groundwater and Wells

18   AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 6: Water Quality and Loading

19   AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 7: Drinking Water Distribution & Treatment

20   AM     Water Resources/Environmental Week 8: Wastewater Collection and Treatment

Water Resources & Environmental Course Required & Recommended Texts

Required Texts:

    • PE Civil Reference Manual (CERM)
    • NCEES PE Civil Practice Exam
    • Water Resources and Environmental Depth Reference Manual

Recommended Texts:

    • Introduction to Environmental Engineering by Davis and Cornwell
    • Wastewater Engineering by Metcalf and Eddy
    • A hydraulics/hydrology textbook from college OR Water Resources Engineering by Linsley et. al.
    • A Dictionary of Civil, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering by Friebel
    • Roadside Design Guide
    • Highway Safety Manual

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