CA Seismic Principles Exam

EET offers a Seismic Principles review class for the California Seismic Principles Exam.

  • A comprehensive program totaling 56 hours of live instructions that covers closely the California Seismic Principles Exam Test Plan effective January 2018.
  • The program elements include: Class Lectures, Textbook, Practice Exam Book and CBT software, Problem Solving Workshops, Weekly Homework, Weekly Consultation Hours, Class Summary Sheets, Mini-Exams and Simulation Exams.
  • Program is designed for full interaction with class participants to enhance the learning experience and maximize the chance for passing the Seismic Exam. Class participants are expected to solve exercises during the class and submit their homework promptly.
  • Review classes for CA Seismic Principles Exam are offered live either in-person or online, and on-demand. Please click on the schedule below for detailed information.
  •   All registration to CA Seismic On-Demand class will be subject to the following access terms:
  • 120 days since initial registration date.
  • 90 days  - free repeat with proof of exam results and requested within 1 year from initial registration date.
  •   All registration to CA Seismic Live Webinar class will be subject to the following access terms:
  • 120 days since first day of live webinar class.
  • 90 days  - free repeat with proof of exam results and requested within 1 year from date of the first live webinar class.

Effective January 2020, the California Board for Professional Engineers will begin using the 2019 California Building Code (CBC 2019) and the ASCE 7-16 as the building code and seismic load standard for the CA seismic exam.


EET Live Seminars and Webinars conducted in October and November, 2019 will address both of the exam applicants taking their seismic exam in the 4th quarter of 2019 using the 2016 California Building Code (CBC 2016) and the ASCE 7-10; and exam applicants taking their seismic exam starting January 1, 2020 using the new 2019 California Building Code (CBC 2019) and the ASCE 7-16. Separate sessions will be conducted where major changes occur.


Exam applicants planning on taking their seismic exam in the 2nd, and 3rd quarters of 2019 should register for the On-Demand webinars.


    EET Live Seminars conducted in October and November, 2019 will address both of the exam applicants taking their seismic exam in the 4th quarter of 2019 using the 2016 California Building Code (CBC 2016) and the ASCE 7-10; and the exam applicants taking their seismic exam starting January 1, 2020 using the new 2019 California Building Code (CBC 2019) and the ASCE 7-16. Separate sessions will be conducted where major changes occur.

  • The review course for the California Seismic PE Exam will be held on Seven Saturdays live seminars: Oct. 12, 19, 26,  Nov 2, 9, 16 and 23 – 2019.
  • Seminars are held from 8:00am to 5:00pm (PT) at the National University Campus - located at 10901 Gold Center Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. 
  • Seven additional online sessions solving workshops and numerical examples are held every Thursdays starting Oct. 17 to Nov 21 - 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. 
  • Three Mini-Exams throughout the class are held on Tuesdays: Nov. 5, 12 and 19 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm (PT).
  • Final Sunday Class solving 55 exam-like questions, exam strategy tips and tools will be held online on December 8 - 2019.
  • A second Simulation Exam is held online on December 15, 2019 followed by a discussion of Exam Questions.
  • Weekly homework and weekly consultation hours offered online every Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (PT), starting on Oct.17, until the last week of class, on December 19, 2019. 
  • Live Seminar Class participants have full access to the recorded webinars at no extra charge.
  • Seismic Class Textbook "Fundamentals of Seismic Analysis and Design of Buildings" and "Practice Exams for the California Seismic Principles Civil P.E Examination" with accompanying CBT website are included free with the registration´╗┐ and will be distributed first day of class. 
  • Registration fee is $550.
Date and Time (PST) Class Content
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Basic Seismology, Earthquake Characteristics,  Vibration Theory, Introduction to Seismic Codes
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019*
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Introduction to Seismic Codes (Cont'd)
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Seismic Analysis of Building Structures
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019*
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Seismic Analysis of Building Structures (Cont'd)
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Seismic Analysis of Building Structures (Cont'd)
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019*
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Seismic Analysis of Building Structures (Cont'd)
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Diaphragm Theory 
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019*
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Diaphragm Theory (Cont'd)
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Non-Building Structures, Non Structural Components, Detailing of  Wood Structures
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019*
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Detailing of  Wood Structures (Cont'd)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Detailing of  Wood Structures (Cont'd), Detailing of Steel, Concrete Structures
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019*
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Detailing of Concrete Structures (Cont'd)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Detailing of  Masonry Structures, Geotechnical Hazard, and Retrofit of Structures, Special Inspection, Structural Observation and Professional Engineering Act 
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019*
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Exam tips and strategy.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019*
7:30 AM-6:00 PM
 Simulation Exam I - Solving and discussing 55 exam-like questions
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019*
9:00 AM-11:30AM and
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Simulation Exam II. Discussion of Solution 

* Indicates online session. All times are shown in Pacific Standard Time.

    EET Live Webinars conducted in October and November, 2019 will address both of the exam applicants taking their seismic exam in the 4th quarter of 2019 using the 2016 California Building Code (CBC 2016) and the ASCE 7-10; and the exam applicants taking their seismic exam starting January 1, 2020 using the new 2019 California Building Code (CBC 2019) and the ASCE 7-16. Separate sessions will be conducted where major changes occur.

  • The live Webinars for the California Seismic PE Exam will be held on seven Sundays: Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24 – 2019.
  • Webinars will be held from 7:30am to 4:30pm (PT) - (10:30am - 7:30pm- ET). 
  • Seven additional online sessions solving workshops and numerical examples are held every Thursdays starting Oct. 17 to Nov. 21 – 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm (PT). 
  • Three Mini-Exams throughout the class are held on Tuesdays: Nov. 5, 12 and 19 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm (PT).
  • Final Sunday Class solving 55 exam-like questions, exam strategy tips and tools will be held on December 8 – 2019.
  • A second Simulation Exam is held on December 15, 2019 followed by discussion of Exam Questions.
  • Weekly homework and weekly consultation hours offered every Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm (PT) via video conferencing starting on Oct. 17, until the last week class, on December 19, 2019. 
  • Live Webinar Class participants have full access to the recorded webinars at no extra charge.
  • Seismic Class Textbook "Fundamentals of Seismic Analysis and Design of Buildings" and "Practice Exams for the California Seismic Principles Civil P.E Examination" with accompanying CBT website are included free with the registration´╗┐ and will be shipped one week before first Webinar starting date. Shipping outside of the US requires additional fees.
  • Registration fee is $525.
Date and Time (PST) Class Content
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019
7:30 AM-4:30 PM
Basic Seismology, Earthquake Characteristics,  Vibration Theory, Introduction to Seismic Codes
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Introduction to Seismic Codes (Cont'd)
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019
7:30 AM-4:30 PM
Seismic Analysis of Building Structures
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Seismic Analysis of Building Structures (Cont'd)
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
7:30 AM-4:30 PM
Seismic Analysis of Building Structures (Cont'd)
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Seismic Analysis of Building Structures (Cont'd)
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019
7:30 AM-4:30 PM
Diaphragm Theory 
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Diaphragm Theory (Cont'd)
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019
7:30 AM-4:30 PM
Non-Building Structures, Non Structural Components, Detailing of  Wood Structures
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Detailing of  Wood Structures (Cont'd)
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019
7:30 AM-4:30 PM
Detailing of  Wood Structures (Cont'd), Detailing of Steel, Concrete Structures
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Detailing of Concrete Structures (Cont'd)
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019
7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Detailing of Masonry Structures, Geotechnical Hazard, and Retrofit of Structures. Special Inspection, Structural Observation and Professional Engineering Act 
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Exam tips and strategy. 
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
7:30 AM-6:30 PM
Simulation Exam I - Solving and discussing 55 exam-like questions
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019
9:00 AM-11:30AM and
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Simulation Exam II. Discussion of Solution 

All times are shown in Pacific Standard Time.

    EET On-Demand Webinars are suitable for exam applicants taking their seismic exam in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters of 2019 using current  2016 California Building Code (CBC 2016) and the ASCE 7-10.

  • Registration for the On-Demand Webinars for the California Seismic PE Exam is available all year round. 
    • Available recordings are from the Spring 2019 webinars following CA Seismic Principles Test Plan, effective January 2018.
    • Over 56 hours of recorded lectures, quizzes, workshops, mini-exams and simulation exam. Content of the recording matches the Live Webinar Topics.
    • Access to all Webinar Recordings and Problem Solving Workshops are subject to the following access terms:
    • 120 days since initial registration date.
    • 90 days  - free repeat with proof of exam results and requested within 1 year from initial registration date.
    • "Unlimited Access", you can watch, rewind, and watch again "Unlimited Hours".
    • Instructor is available, upon request, via one-on-one, on line meetings, up to 7 meetings, 1-hr each to answer questions and elaborate on any topic of choice. Instructor is also available to answer questions via emails until the participant's 
      exam date.
    • Seismic Class Textbooks "Fundamentals of Seismic Analysis and Design of Buildings" and "Practice Exams for the California Seismic Principles Civil P.E Examination" with accompanying CBT website are included free with the registration.
    • Registration fee is $525.00, including Textbooks, Workshop materials, and Exam simulation access. Shipping outside of the US requires additional fees.

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Seismic - Webinar
Seismic - Webinar
California Specific Seismic Webinar
Price: $525.00
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Seismic - On-Demand
California Specific Seismic On - Demand
Price: $525.00
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Seismic - Seminar
California Specific Seismic Seminar
Price: $550.00


"Great class. The textbook and class lessons were thorough and the homework problems were comprehensive. You were extremely invested in the success of each candidate. There was great value in the time you  devoted to make yourself available for one-on-one , small group & class discussions.   The personalized sessions gave me the confidence I needed to prepare for this exam. I would highly recommend this course to people studying for the seismic exam."

Kathryn D.,  San Diego, CA


"Unlike other review courses out there; the subject matter approach was to master the fundamentals of the material rather than memorize where to use what formula.  Ahmed was a coach and an instructor, always there to explain and encourage. The personal attention paid to each student taking the course was unlike anything I 've ever seen.  Simply put, if you are willing to focus and work with Ahmed to learn the seismic analysis of buildings, take this class and feel confident knowing you will be passing the exam. Thanks again Ahmed for all your help." 

Ross H., Chicago, IL


"The other famous class was good, but Dr. Ibrahim's class is much much better.  Thanks again for such a wonderful class. Wish I would've taken it last year!."

Edward W., Walnut Creek, CA


"I have taken this test five times, and have also taken several classes to better understand the subject matter. Only after this class, I passed the exam.  I  cannot say enough about how great this class was. I only wish I have taken this class earlier, and saved myself a lot of money and heartaches. This is hands down the best class available and would recommend it to anyone taking the seismic exam. I do not have any structural background and this class provided me with great understanding of the concepts and test taking tips I needed.    Ahmed, I wish there were more teachers out there that had your dedication and commitment to seeing their students achieve. You are truly one of a kind." 

Kristen W., Irvine, CA

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