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California Civil Seismic Principles Exam Prep Options

The CA Civil Seismic Principles exam is an open book computer-based exam. Our Exam Prep Bundles are designed to make sure you have everything you need for exam-day success. Explore each bundle option below, or compare our bundles, to find the right study option that fits your learning style.

About the California Civil Seismic OnDemand Course Bundle

This OnDemand Course Bundle was created to help you study at your own pace, but also choose the course time frame that works best for you. We leverage over 45 years of PE exam prep experience when designing our OnDemand courses, offering you a thorough review of every exam topic. Our professional engineers have real-world experience and will guide you through each step of your exam prep. Your OnDemand course covers all California Civil Seismic Principles exam topics. Choose between the 3-month, 6-month, or 1-year options. 

Every PPI OnDemand course comes with:

  • Instruction from professional engineers. Includes 58+ hours of course activities including recorded lectures, problem-solving demonstrations, recommended reading, homework assignments, and practice exams.
  • Trusted exam prep materials designed to help you pass. You'll receive reference materials, and detailed class notes.
  • PPI's Learning Hub for a custom study plan, practice exam, web books, and more.

Access Time

Access to your OnDemand Course begins immediately upon purchase. For 3-month, 6-month, and 1-year courses, access ends automatically at the end of your chosen duration. For monthly and weekly courses, access renews monthly or weekly until you cancel the subscription.

What's Included:

Course Features

Upon registration for your course, you will gain instant access to OnDemand lectures to get your exam prep started.

All presentation slides are downloadable, providing you the opportunity to take notes as you follow along with your instructor.

The course syllabus and homework assignments help you stay on track and reinforce key concepts.

Proven test-taking and time management tips from your instructor are provided throughout your course to prepare you for exam day success.

Digital Materials
Your exam study plan acts as a central hub, assigning tasks and connecting directly to digital products, to keep you on track for your exam date.
California Civil Seismic Building Design Web Book provides a concise but thorough review of seismic theory, code application, design principles, and structural analysis with over 150 example problems.
California Civil Seismic Principles Solved Problems Twelfth Edition book cover
California Civil Seismic Principles Solved Problems Web Book includes 360 multiple-choice problems covering all exam topics, with step-by-step procedures to solve numerical problems, and detailed explanations for qualitative problems.
Two full practice exams with 55 multiple-choice problems each, consistent with CA Civil: Seismic Principles exam format, scope of topics, number of problems, and level of difficulty.
Print Materials
California Civil Seismic Building Design Twelfth Edition Book Cover
Provides a comprehensive introduction to core seismic concepts and principles, and offers essential background information for engineering and architecture exams.
Easily find the codes and terms you will need during the exam with the California Civil Seismic Building Design, 12th Edition downloadable index.
California Civil Seismic Principles Practice Exam Twelfth Edition Book Cover
Contains two realistic, full-length exams, each with 55 multiple-choice problems. This edition is updated to comply with the exam spec changes announced by the California Department of Consumer Affairs Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, who offer the California Civil (Engineering Surveying/Seismic Principles) Examinations.
California Civil Seismic Principles Solved Problems Twelfth Edition book cover
Provides comprehensive practice for both the California Civil Seismic Principles exam and the NCEES Structural Engineering (SE) exam.
Customizable Book Tabs Product Image
Organize your exam references using these attractive, durable, and easily customizable crack-and-peel book tabs.

Purchase Options

Select Access Period
OnDemand Course: California Civil Seismic - 1 Year Access
1-Year Access (Non-Renewing)
$1,015.75
$1,195.00

This course is a 12-month subscription that begins upon purchase. This course will not renew.

$1,015.75
$1,195.00
OnDemand Course: California Civil Seismic - 6 Months Access
6-Month Access (Non-Renewing)
$760.75
$895.00
This course is a 6-month subscription that begins upon purchase. This course will not renew.
$760.75
$895.00
OnDemand Course: California Civil Seismic - 3 Months Access
3-Month Access (Non-Renewing)
$590.75
$695.00
This course is a 3-month subscription that begins upon purchase. This course will not renew.
$590.75
$695.00

About the California Civil Seismic Learning Hub Bundle

PPI Learning Hub is the go-to destination for California Civil Seismic Principles exam prep. The Learning Hub is more than an eLearning platform—it is a time-tested program that guides examinees through their exam prep from start to finish. Our philosophy has a simple framework: kick-off your studies with a personalized PPI Study Plan, then “Assess, Review, Practice” until you are ready for exam day.

PPI Learning Hub is ideal if you need to review key knowledge areas and would like extensive practice to be part of your exam preparation. This bundle will also include our industry-leading print materials.

Access Time

Access to Learning Hub begins immediately upon purchase. For 3-month, 6-month, and 1-year Learning Hub products, access ends automatically at the end of your chosen duration. For monthly and weekly Learning Hub products, access renews monthly or weekly until you cancel the subscription. 


What's Included:

Digital Materials
Your exam study plan acts as a central hub, assigning tasks and connecting directly to digital products, to keep you on track for your exam date.
California Civil Seismic Building Design Web Book provides a concise but thorough review of seismic theory, code application, design principles, and structural analysis with over 150 example problems.
California Civil Seismic Principles Solved Problems Twelfth Edition book cover
California Civil Seismic Principles Solved Problems Web Book includes 360 multiple-choice problems covering all exam topics, with step-by-step procedures to solve numerical problems, and detailed explanations for qualitative problems.
Two full practice exams with 55 multiple-choice problems each, consistent with CA Civil: Seismic Principles exam format, scope of topics, number of problems, and level of difficulty.
Print Materials
California Civil Seismic Building Design Twelfth Edition Book Cover
Provides a comprehensive introduction to core seismic concepts and principles, and offers essential background information for engineering and architecture exams.
Easily find the codes and terms you will need during the exam with the California Civil Seismic Building Design, 12th Edition downloadable index.
California Civil Seismic Principles Practice Exam Twelfth Edition Book Cover
Contains two realistic, full-length exams, each with 55 multiple-choice problems. This edition is updated to comply with the exam spec changes announced by the California Department of Consumer Affairs Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, who offer the California Civil (Engineering Surveying/Seismic Principles) Examinations.
California Civil Seismic Principles Solved Problems Twelfth Edition book cover
Provides comprehensive practice for both the California Civil Seismic Principles exam and the NCEES Structural Engineering (SE) exam.
Customizable Book Tabs Product Image
Organize your exam references using these attractive, durable, and easily customizable crack-and-peel book tabs.

Purchase Options

Select Access Period
Learning Hub Bundle: California Civil Seismic - 1 Year Access
1-Year Learning Hub Access
$895.00

PPI’s Learning Hub Bundle gives you 12 months of access to all of the powerful features and learning hub study materials. No need to worry about renewing or cancelling a subscription. Get started today!

$895.00
Learning Hub Bundle: California Civil Seismic - 6 Months Access
6-Month Learning Hub Access
$595.00
PPI’s Learning Hub Bundle gives you 6 months of access to all of the powerful features and learning hub study materials. No need to worry about renewing or cancelling a subscription. Get started today!
$595.00
Learning Hub Bundle: California Civil Seismic - 3 Months Access
3-Month Learning Hub Access
$395.00
PPI’s Learning Hub Bundle gives you 3 months of access to all of the powerful features and learning hub study materials. No need to worry about renewing or cancelling a subscription. Get started today!
$395.00

About the California Civil Seismic Print Bundle

This collection of print resources provides you a traditional exam prep experience to help you prepare for and pass the California Civil Seismic Principles exam the first time. The review materials in this bundle are updated to the current exam specs, contain thorough coverage of principles and codes, and include numerous practice problems to challenge your knowledge of the concepts. This curated bundle includes California Civil Seismic Building Design, the leading reference manual in the industry, practice problems, the most realistic practice exams on the market, as well as the latest CodeMaster Seismic guides.

What's Included:

Print Materials
California Civil Seismic Building Design Twelfth Edition Book Cover
Provides a comprehensive introduction to core seismic concepts and principles, and offers essential background information for engineering and architecture exams.
Easily find the codes and terms you will need during the exam with the California Civil Seismic Building Design, 12th Edition downloadable index.
California Civil Seismic Principles Practice Exam Twelfth Edition Book Cover
Contains two realistic, full-length exams, each with 55 multiple-choice problems. This edition is updated to comply with the exam spec changes announced by the California Department of Consumer Affairs Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, who offer the California Civil (Engineering Surveying/Seismic Principles) Examinations.
California Civil Seismic Principles Solved Problems Twelfth Edition book cover
Provides comprehensive practice for both the California Civil Seismic Principles exam and the NCEES Structural Engineering (SE) exam.
2018 CodeMaster Seismic Design Image
This 6-page laminated reference guide provides an easy-to-follow 11-step procedure for seismic design in accordance with the 2018 IBC and ASCE 7-16, with emphasis on the seismic design of a typical one-to-three story building. Illustrations are provided for many of the difficult to understand requirements. Subjects addressed include determination of mapped spectral response accelerations; consideration of exceptions to the seismic code requirements; Seismic Design Category determination; consideration of plan and vertical structural irregularities; determination of seismic base shear, redundancy coefficient and seismic load effects; and compliance with drift control requirements.
2018 CodeMaster Seismic Design Image
This two-page laminated, handy reference tool contains everything you need to know about the determination of seismic design categories. It is a great time-saving tool and provides a step-by-step procedure to determine a structure's seismic design category in accordance with the 2018 IBC and ASCE 7-16. Shortcuts and illustrations are provided to help quickly assess applicability of exceptions and find the needed information.
Customizable Book Tabs Product Image
Organize your exam references using these attractive, durable, and easily customizable crack-and-peel book tabs.

Purchase Options

Print Bundle: California Civil Seismic
$370.00
$370.00

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California Civil Seismic Exam FAQs

It’s recommended that you submit your application for licensure to the Board after you have passed the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE Civil) exam. You must schedule and sit for the exam in the quarter following the quarter in which your application and exam fees are processed and approved by the Board.
You can see the specifications and exam topics here.
The exam tests the entry-level competency of a candidate to practice civil engineering within the profession’s acceptable standards for public safety. It is administered by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists in California. You must pass the PE Civil exam, as well as both the CA Civil Engineering Surveying exam and the California Civil Seismic Principles exam, in order to be licensed as a Civil PE in California.
The exam is 2.5 hours long with 55 multiple-choice questions. It’s a computer-based exam, but you are allowed to bring in as many reference materials as one trip and one box will permit. See prometric.com for the latest guidelines.
The passing rate for the exam is 49 percent. PPI offers an OnDemand prep course to support you in your studies and boost your chances of passing the exam.

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David Connor, PE, SE

David Connor, PE, SE is currently a structural engineer for Haines, Gipson, and Associates in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, structural emphasis, from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, structural and geotechnical emphasis, from the University of South Carolina.

He has been a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Georgia since 2002, and passed the 16-hour NCEES Structural Engineering (SE) Exam in 2014. He is registered as a PE in other states as well, and a registered SE in Illinois. Additionally, he wrote the book “Bridge Problems for the Structural Engineering (SE) Exam” which is currently available for purchase from PPI and other book sellers.

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David Micnhimer, PE, SE

David Micnhimer, PE, SE is a licensed professional engineer in California, Virginia, and North Carolina. He has known that he wanted to be a structural engineer since elementary school. The past few years, he has worked at a steel bridge manufacturing company, designing over 150 different bridges, including trusses, modular bridges, and buried structures.

Previously, he worked as a consultant designing bridges, retaining walls, solar site foundations, substations, and a variety of other structures. He has conducted bridge inspections and site investigations as well. He is particularly interested in the complexities of seismic design, finite element analysis, and soil-structure interaction. You will see his projects in nearly every state in the United States.

He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He successfully defended his Master’s Thesis in “Stochastic Modeling by Polynomial Chaos Expansions on the Long-Term Behavior of Concrete Beams with CFRP Composites.” He is expected to complete his MS in Structural Engineering soon with only one class remaining. While at Mines, he ran DII Cross Country and Track, racing events from the 1500m to the 10k. He also participated in ASCE, AGC, Civil Engineering Honor Society, and the Navigators.

He recently moved back to Colorado with his wife, 2 dogs, and 1 cat. In his free time, David likes to run long distances and is currently training for ultra-marathons. He likes to spend time with his wife hiking, playing disc golf, and exploring.

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Elena Badilla, PE, MCE

Elena Badilla, PE, MCE earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University–Northridge (CSUN) and a Master of Civil Engineering from Norwich University. She currently works as a survey engineer on a 10-mile segmental bridge project in Hawai’i.

She has over six years of experience in construction engineering, surveying, hydrology and hydraulics, geometry control and site development for residential, commercial and public works projects. Elena holds a professional engineer license in the State of California.

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