Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam

Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam

The information that was used to write and update
this book was based on the exam specifications at the
time of publication. However, as with engineering
practice itself, the PE examination is not always based
on the most current codes or cutting-edge technology.
Similarly, codes, standards, and regulations adopted by
state and local agencies often lag issuance by several
years. It is likely that the codes that are most current,
the codes that you use in practice, and the codes that
are the basis of your exam will all be different.
PPI lists on its website the dates and editions of the
codes, standards, and regulations on which NCEES has

announced the PE exams are based. It is your respon-
sibility to find out which codes are relevant to your exam.

If you are a practicing engineer and have obtained this
book as a general reference handbook, it will probably
sit in your bookcase until you have a specific need.
However, if you are preparing for the PE examination in
civil engineering, the following suggestions may help.
. Find out the current edition of this book. You might
be reading this book long after it was published.
Newer editions mean that older editions are no
longer appropriate for the current exam. Newer
editions mean that the codes, standards, and
regulations on which the exam is based are not
represented in the older edition, that the
exam body of knowledge has changed, and/
or the exam format and policies have changed.
New editions are published for a reason, and it’s not
reasonable for you to expect the older edition to
serve your needs when it is out of date.


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