University of Delaware - College of Engineering

Engineering Outreach Assistant Dean and Director: Kathy Werrell
Academic Support Assistant: Nadine Neiger
Phone: (302) 831-8302
Fax: (302) 831-1468

PE Exam Review

Updated December 18, 2013

Prepare for the PE Exam

Register Online!
Registration for distance-formatted review courses is accepted at any time. Distance format courses are self-study and do not have a registration deadline.

Below are dates for on-campus PE review classes to prepare for the April 11, 2014 PE exams. The review course for chemical engineering will be recorded as the sessions are taught this time (and the url for the recorded lectures will be made available within ~24 hours after they are recorded). The civil engineering and also the environmental engineering exam review courses were updated and recorded in 2013, and are made available on-line upon receipt of completed registration and payment.

PE review courses are offered twice a year, corresponding to the spring and fall exams. These review courses (19 sessions each; 20 sessions for the Civil Engineering Review) are designed to help the engineer prepare for the Principles and Practices of Engineering Examination, to provide a general refresher in a given field, and to present an introduction to other engineering fields. Taught by University of Delaware engineering faculty and engineers from industry, the review courses are offered in chemical, civil, and environmental engineering.

"John Richards [instructor for the chemical engineering PE review course] has an extraordinary depth of knowledge in every aspect of chemical engineering. He is also very approachable and explains the material extremely well."

James Kidd, P.E.
U.S. Army Research Laboratory

"I passed the P.E. and wanted to thank [the civil engineering instructors]. ... It [the review course] was definitely helpful ... "

M. Shane Minner, P.E.
Landmark Engineering, Inc.

"I passed the PE [civil engineering] Exam back in April. I liked having the DVDs so I could watch them as it fit my schedule and focus on the areas I needed."

Kyle Schmid, P.E.
Traffic Concepts, Inc.

"I just wanted to let you know that because of your Environmental Engineering PE Review CD-Rom course, I passed my Environmental PE exam. Many questions were exactly like the ones Ravi and Paul went over on the CDs and assigned. I really do believe that the PE Review Course is the only reason I passed and the CDs were great!! ... Ravi and Paul, they did a great job!!"

Kathryn A. Everson, P.E.
Consultant, WSP Environmental Strategies, Minneapolis MN

Registration Fee - same for live or distance format $975
Required notes for the chemical, civil and environmental engineering review courses will be made available for all registrants to download (free). Alternately, the required notes can be shipped to you for a separate fee to cover the cost of printing, assembly and domestic shipping. Notebook of Materials for Civil and Environmental Review Courses (by instructor)** $195
If you would like to receive DVD-ROM in addition to the on-line access to the ChE, CE, or Env'l Engineering review course, due to the cost of processing/shipping, there will be an additional charge. Also, please note that, due to copyright rules, the DVDs must be returned to us after you take the PE exam. $50

**The only "textbook" for the PE review course in mechanical engineering consists of the (very large!!) notebook of instructor-prepared materials. For the civil and environmental engineering PE review courses, the respective notebook of instructor-prepared materials is essential along with the respective Lindeburg textbook (see below). Therefore, those registering for any of these review courses should include the respective notebook fee (see above) in their registration costs.

The textbook for the civil engineering PE review course is the13th edition of Lindeburg's Civil Engineering Reference Manual that can be purchased at a 15% discount on-line at

Other recommended Environmental Engineering PE Review resources:

  • Environmental Engineering Reference Manual by Michael Lindeburg (Professional Publications Code ENVRM2)
  • Practice Problems for the Environmental Engineering PE Exam: A Companion to the Environmental Engineering Reference Manual, by Michael Lindeburg (Professional Publications Code ENVPP2)

    These publications can be purchased on-line at (Pricing may vary)

Copyright requires that all DVDs be returned to Engineering Outreach two weeks after the exam. The web site for each of the newly recorded courses (chemical, civil and environmental engineering) will be available through the end of April 2014 for all those registered for the course.

The PE exams in all states are scheduled for April 11, 2014. In Delaware, the closing date for exam application is November 1, 2013. Students must call the office of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers (302-323-4588) or the licensing organization in their state to request an application for the exam. Note that there are some variations from state to state, but the date of the exam and the exam itself are the same nationally. Be sure to verify with your state licensing organization who is managing the exam proctoring what all the criteria are for (1) approval to take the exam and (2) what materials you can bring into the exam room (e.g., hand-written notes - do they need to be in ink or can they be in pencil?) We have learned that, in Delaware, handwritten notations on materials brought into the testing room may not be in pencil. (From the NCEES web site: "All exams are open book. PE Civil, PE Structural I, PE Structural II examinees must bring their own copies of the applicable design standards. Rules may vary for each jurisdiction. Please contact your licensing board for more details.")

PE Review Orientation will be done within each review class.

Registration for the on-campus "live" ChE classes was due by October 15, 2013. Later registrations will be accepted pending availability of seats.

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Thursdays, October 24, 2013 - March 27, 2014. (April 3, 2014 may be used if a make-up class is needed due to inclement weather.) ALSO AVAILABLE ON-LINE, and DVD-ROM format available upon request; $50 additional charge
Civil Engineering

DISTANCE ONLY - ON-LINE (DVD-ROM format available upon request; $50 additional charge)

Environmental Engineering DISTANCE ONLY - ON-LINE (DVD-ROM format available upon request; $50 additional charge)

For more information, contact EO Director Kathy Werrell at (302) 831-4863 or by e-mail.

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