PPI California Civil Surveying Prep Course

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Updated to the Latest Exam Specifications


  • PPI's CA Civil Surveying Prep Course
    for the California Civil Engineering Surveying Exam
  • OnDemand Prep Course


  • Study at your own pace with PPI’s OnDemand Prep Course. From 1 week to 1 year, choose the time that's right for you.
  • Course Overview
    • Provides focused, modular review of all topics on the California Civil Engineering Surveying exam
    • Includes 45+ hours of course activities, including lectures, problem solving demonstrations, recommended reading, homework assignments, and practice exams
    • Contains the latest course content that aligns to current exam specifications
    • Provides interactive opportunities that allow you to work through practice problems on your own before your instructor walks through step-by-step solutions
    • Includes brand new, unique practice problems you won’t find anywhere else
    • Includes access to the PPI Learning Hub—set up a study plan, take practice exams in the online exam simulator, and read PPI’s industry-leading web-books
    • Gives you everything you need to pass—from reference materials to homework assignments to detailed class notes


  • OnDemand Prep Course Benefits
    • Watch lectures and problem solving demonstrations on your own schedule
    • Stay on track with structured, focused reading and problem assignments
    • Download presentation slides for easy note-taking
    • Assess your exam readiness with digital resources in the PPI Learning Hub
    • Hone your test-taking and time management skills


  • Topics Covered
    • Topographic Surveys—Types of Surveys, Use of Datums, Measurement of Elevation, Leveling Calculations
    • Construction Surveys—Basics of Construction Surveys, Measurement of Horizontal Distances, Measurement of Angles, Traverse Surveys, Potential Construction Conflicts, Construction Staking
    • Accuracy and Error Analysis—Accuracy Requirements for Maps, Measured Data Requirements and Limitations
    • Preparation of Reports and Maps—Reduction of Field Data, Earthwork Calculations, Topographic and Planimetric Maps, Interpreting Maps, Rectangular Coordinate Systems


  • Your Instructor
  • Elena Badilla, PE earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University–Northridge (CSUN) and a Master of Civil Engineering from Norwich University. She has previously worked as a survey engineer on a 10-mile segmental bridge project in Hawai’i. She has over ten 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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  • Options
    • Weekly, Monthly, 3-Month, 6-Month, and 1-Year OnDemand Prep Courses: Sign up for our flexible weekly or monthly renewing subscriptions. Want multiple months up front? Choose between the 3-Month, 6-Month, or 1-Year option for additional study time.


  • Payment Plans
  • Payment plans are available for this course! Payment plans let you enroll now and pay for your course over several months. For more details, Contact Us and enter "Payment Plan" in the Subject field. (Not available for Weekly or Monthly Renewing Courses.)

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