Modified: July 16, 2013
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In order to be licensed as a Civil engineer in the State of California, applicants must take and pass all of the following:
Exams do not have to be passed concurrently, they may be passed separately. Applicants licensed as a professional civil engineer in another State may apply for Comity, and typically are only required to take and pass the CA Special Civil Engineer exams (i.e., seismic principles and engineering surveying principles), and the Take Home exam.
Besides the SDR Workbook, it is recommended that participants also have access to ASCE 7-05: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and either the 2009 International Building Code (IBC) OR the 2010 California Building Code (CBC).
Yes, BUT you need to understand that actual questions on the Seismic Principles exam will refer to 2010 CBC sections, tables and figures. These are essentially identical to the very same sections, tables and figures found in the 2009 IBC, BUT they DO NOT share the same page numbers. The advantage to using the 2009 IBC is that it is simpler (i.e., one volume instead of two volumes) and it is less than half the cost of the 2010 CBC.
From the BPELSG Special Civil Engineering Examinations Reference List - “If you currently have the 2009 International Building Code (IBC), you may use that in lieu of purchasing the 2010 CBC because the two codes contain the same material and the same section numbers. Both the CBC and the IBC refer to the ASCE 7-05 for the effects of earthquake motion.”
No. The 2012 International Building Code (IBC) has not been adopted into the California Building Code, and will not be the code reference until the April 2014 exam. Both the 2009 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2010 California Building Code (CBC) use ASCE 7-05 as the reference standard for seismic forces and design (ASCE 7-10 is the reference standard for the 2012 IBC).
Seismic Design Review has been providing Live Seminars since 1990 — more than twenty years. The Live Webinar and On-Demand Video options were added prior to the April 2010 Civil P.E. examinations.
No, currently there are no CEU's or PDH's issued for attending or participating in the Live Seminars, Live Webinars, or On-Demand Videos. These courses are not intended for continuing education or professional development, but rather are intended to prepare examinees for the California Civil P.E. Seismic Principles exam only.
All lectures, webinars and videos address the topics that fall under the five primary content areas of the Seismic Principles Test Plan:
Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card) or PayPal are available for all on-line purchases. Mail-in course registrations and mail-in workbook orders may use personal checks, cashier�s checks or money orders only.
State or Federal Agencies may contact us directly for additional payment options that may be accepted.
The Live Seminars are offered twice a year, beginning about two months prior to each Civil P.E. examination which occur in mid-April and late October. The Live Seminars are typically offered in Sacramento (Session 1), and in Pleasanton (Session 2).
The Sacramento course occurs over four consecutive Saturdays while the Pleasanton course occurs over four consecutive Sundays. Each of the seminars begin at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm each day.
Since April 2004, the passing percentage of SDR Live Seminar attendees has been approximately twice the passing percentage of all other examinees as shown on the SDR Passing Stats page.
No. But we feel strongly that “IF” you attend all the lectures, complete all of the assignments, and closely follow the recommendations for preparing and taking the seismic principles exam, that your chances of passing the exam will be greatly increased (see SDR Passing Statistics).
No. Spaces are filled by either receiving registration from the Credit Card/Paypal option, or by receiving a mail-in enrollment form with payment (personal check, cashier�s check, or money order). See the Live Seminar web page.
Yes, it is recommended that you enroll in the Live Seminar session of your choice using either registration option, as soon as practical. If you enroll using the Credit Card/Paypal option and later find out that you passed the exam, a full refund will be provided upon notification. If you enroll using the mail-in registration form option, it is recommended that you staple a post-dated personal check to your enrollment form per the instructions on that form. A space will be reserved for you pending notification of your exam results. If you passed, then your enrollment form and check will be destroyed.
A 100% refund will be provided with notification of a cancellation at least two weeks before the first lecture. An 80% refund will be provided with notification from two-weeks to the day before the first lecture. No refunds will be given on or after the first lecture.
There are no discounts available for repeating the Live Seminars (or signing up for the Live Webinars or On-Demand Webinars). For this reason, we strongly encourage that you do not sign up for any seminar until you are prepared to put in an adequate amount of time to study the material before the exam (typically estimated at a “minimum” of 50 hours in addition to the lecture time).
No, there are no group discounts available.
There is no workbook discount available for enrollment in one of the Live Seminars (i.e., Sacramento, Pleasanton, etc.). BUT if you purchased the SDR Workbook using a Credit Card/PayPal, it can be returned within 60 days of the order date (as long as the book is still in new condition and free of any markings). A Credit Card/PayPal refund will be provided, less the cost of the original shipping charge.
Attendees that end up with multiple copies of the SDR Workbook (likely with different printing dates) should consider offering one of those copies for sale on any number of engineering exam forums. An asking price of $70 is fairly common for the resale of the SDR Workbook.
No. While the Live Seminars cover the same Test Plan content areas as the Live and On-Demand Webinars, the material is not covered in the same order or even by the same modules. Live Seminar attendees can purchase access to Live or On-Demand Webinars if they feel they missed part of a seminar, or need additional help with specific areas, but those attendees should contact us to help them determine which module(s) cover the same material from a particular Live Seminar.
If you have a conflict with one of the Live Seminar dates, typically you can attend the same lecture at the other location. For instance, if you were enrolled in the Saturday course in Sacramento (Session 1), you could attend the following days lecture on Sunday in Pleasanton (Session 2). Please contact us so we can verify that adequate space will be available to make this switch.
Free access to the Live or On-Demand Webinars is not an option available for making up for one or more missed Live Seminars. Attendees of the Live Seminars can always purchase access to Live or On-Demand Webinars if they missed part of a seminar, or feel they need additional review of specific areas, but those attendees should contact us to help them determine which module(s) cover the same material from a particular Live Seminar.
Besides the Free SDR Workbook ($75.00 value), attendees may also be provided handouts and other valuable test preparation/reference materials. You will either be provided links to these materials or they will be handed out during the seminar sessions.
The Live Seminars require that the attendees travel to a particular location (e.g., Sacramento, Pleasanton, or Irvine) to participate in all of the scheduled lectures. The Live Seminars cover all of the topics on the Special Civil Seismic Principles Test Plan, but they DO NOT cover this material in the same order as in the Test Plan. The Live Seminars cover the topics essentially in the order as it is presented in the SDR Workbook.
For the Live Webinars, it is not necessary for the attendee to travel since their participation will be via online access of a web seminar from their desktop or laptop computer (PC or Mac), but the attendee must be available for the date and time of the scheduled webinar. The On-Demand Webinars provide for the added convenience of 24/7 access to view the purchased content (i.e., no need to be available at a certain date and time as is the case for the Live Webinars). Furthermore, the Live and On-Demand Webinars cover all of the topics on the Special Civil Seismic Principles Test Plan AND in the same order as in the Test Plan. The material is presented this way because it is anticipated that many of the participants of the Live and On-Demand Webinars may be registering only for specific modules (i.e., specific content areas) for which they received a �Deficient� or �Marginal� comment in their previous examination Diagnostic Report.
Steven T. Hiner, MS, SE is the presenter for all Live and On-Demand Webinars.
No, it is not. Live and On-Demand participants may purchase the SDR Workbook separately from the SDR Workbook page.
Prior to the day of the Webinar you may request a full refund for that webinar session(s). You can make up the missed webinar by viewing the recorded webinar video on the topic you missed. You may purchase whatever modules you need on the On-Demand Webinars section of the Webinars page.
No, but Live Webinar participants are encouraged to purchase access to the On-Demand Webinars if they missed one of the Live Webinar sessions, or feel they need extra time to review certain modules or portions of modules.
The Live and On-Demand Webinar options were first offered prior to the April 2011 examination, so there are no passing statistics currently available. However, because the Webinars are taught by the same instructor and cover the same materials as the Live Seminars, it is expected that the passing statistics will be comparable to those of the Live Seminars.
Both the Live and On-Demand Webinars are offered as five separate modules that coincide with the five specific content areas of the Special Civil/Seismic Principles Test Plan noted as follows:
Each module includes approximately 6 hours of lecture and Q&A time. The Live Webinars offer each module as two - 3 hour lectures held over two evenings (Pacific Standard Time). The On-Demand Webinars make each module available for access in two � approximately 3 hour videos.
The On-Demand Webinars will be the recorded Live Webinars that occur in February & March 2011. The main advantage to the Live Webinars is that they allow attendees to interact live with the presenter and the class during the webinars. The main advantage to the On-Demand Webinars is that the participant can watch (stream) the content on their own schedule, at a location that is most convenient for them (i.e., home, work, etc.).
Absolutely, and this approach may be preferred for examinees who receive a Diagnostic Report that is “Deficient” or “Marginal” in in any of the content areas noted below:
PC Minimum Requirements:
Mac® Minimum Requirements:
Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).
The On-Demand Webinars are viewed using Mircosoft® Silverlight® and can be accessed by using the Microsoft Silverlight player on either a PC or a Mac. To download the most current Silverlight player and to see minimum system requirements visit http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx
You will have 24/7 access to the number of hours of content that you have purchased, at least until the day of the exam. Although the content is likely to remain available after the exam, it is highly recommended that you consume all of your purchased content prior to the exam date.
When you purchased your webinar content you were asked to create a User Name and Password, with those two items you can log in to access your purchased content by clicking on the button at the bottom of the Webinars page or by clicking here.
If you have forgotten your User Name and/or Password you can request that they be mailed to you from the Returning Users Page.
The limit on how many times a particular video (or portion of a video) may be viewed is entirely related to how many viewing hours are remaining in your account. For instance, if you purchase the ALL modules option, you will begin with 30 hours of video viewing time. As you watch each video, time will continue to count down from your account accordingly. When you complete the viewing of all video modules, your account may have about three hours viewing time remaining. This additional time would allow you to go back to view portions of specific videos, but will not allow you to view any video an unlimited number of times. Once the total viewing hours are used up in your account, you could always purchase more viewing hours in 3-hour increments but those additional hours must be purchased by specific videos (i.e., modules).
If you have forgotten your User Name and/or Password you can request that they be e-mailed to the e-mail address that you provided at the time of registration from the Returning Users Page.
No, there are no discounts for multiple workbook orders other than a savings in the shipping charge. Please contact us to determine the applicable shipping charge for multiple workbook orders.
Yes, but please contact us to determine the applicable shipping charge prior to placing the workbook order.
If you purchased the SDR Workbook previously, please visit the SDR Workbook Errata web page for posted errata. Due to the extensive revisions required on the (New) SDR Workbook - 2009 IBC version, there will be no more errata posted applicable to any previous versions (i.e., SDR Workbook - 2006 IBC version).