PE Exam Review

Taught by 12 expert instructors with backgrounds across all areas of fire protection engineering, the SFPE PE Exam Review Course is fully integrated with the SFPE core curriculum and leverages the deep knowledge from SFPE’s member community to prepare candidates for the PE Fire Protection Exam.  All courses are live, online, and conveniently offered twice weekly beginning in late May 2022 – with recorded sessions also available on-demand afterward.   Additional review sessions, online discussion, practice problems, and office hours with the instructors are included – providing the comprehensive preparation needed to head into the exam with confidence. 

 “The SFPE PE Exam Review Course focuses on the fundamentals of each topic area of fire protection engineering while preparing attendees to think critically, adapt to the exam, and be successful Professional Engineers.” – Stephen Dale, Chair, SFPE PE Exam Preparation Subcommittee

2020 marked the first year the PE Fire Protection Exam moves to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) format. With this change in format, this course has been revised to meet the current NCEES exam specifications and format. Registering for this program will give you access to our 16 live, 1.5-hour sessions from anywhere. Each session is taught by one of our 12 subject matter experts, using web conferencing technology and supported through SFPE's eLearning portal, which will allow you the opportunity to ask questions as they arise throughout each session. Following the 16 live sessions, you will have access to weekly office hours the four (4) weeks leading up to the exam date. This effective educational online prep course will help you organize and navigate through the reference materials and allow for maximum retention.

Who Should Attend

Anyone preparing for the PE Exam, or anyone needing a refresher including existing engineers, fire marshals, and loss control specialists: participants will come away with an understanding of the principles of fire protection engineering, and even if you are not taking the exam this year, but want to assess your readiness for a future exam, this online PE exam prep course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles of fire protection engineering.


  • Exam Preparation & Exam Taking Strategies
  • Fire Protection Analysis
  • Fire Protection Management
  • Human Behavior
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Protection System
  • Smoke Management
  • Explosion Protection
  • Passive Building Systems

Enrollment Includes

  • Participation in either the Tuesday and/or Thursday session
  • Two hours of access to instructors outside class hours
  • Electronic copies of the online PE exam prep training slides



The full 20-week schedule starts May 31 st and runs every Tuesday and Thursday until the week of September 13. From September 19 to October 14, there will be a single weekly office hour until the week of the exam.

All Tuesday sessions are from 2:30 - 4:00 pm EDT
All Thursday sessions run from 6:30 - 8:00 pm EDT

Recordings of both Tuesday and Thursday sessions will be uploaded to this course within 24 hours of the live session. You have the flexibility to attend the Tuesday and/or Thursday sessions each week. All live sessions are recorded and provided to the attendees in the course. If you are unable to watch the live session, you will be able to go back and watch the recorded sessions up to 1 month after the last session. Once you complete all of the course content, survey, and quiz, the portal will provide your PDH certificate.

The schedule for the 2022 SFPE PE Exam Review Course is as follows:

Week 1
May 31 / June 2
Introduction to the course, an overview of course materials, setting a study roadmap
Week 2
June 7 / June 9
Fire Protection Analysis
Week 3
June 14 / June 16
Applying Information for Analysis
Week 4
June 21 / June 23
Fire Dynamics
Week 5
June 28 / June 30
Fire Dynamics
Week 6
July 5 / July 7
Smoke Control
Week 7
July 12 / July 14
Passive Building Systems
Week 8
July 19 / July 21
Human Behavior
Week 9
July 26 / July 28
Means of Egress
Week 10
August 2 / August 4
Mid-point Review
Week 11
August 9 / August 11
Detection & Alarm
Week 12
August 16 / August 18
Water-Based Systems - Water Supply
Week 13
August 23 / August 25
Water-Based Systems - Suppression Systems
Week 14
August 30 / September 1
Special Hazards Systems
Week 15
September 6 / September 8
Explosion Protection
Week 16
September 13 / September 15
Course Wrap-up and Final Review
Week of September 19 Office Hours - Fire Dynamics/Smoke Control
Week of September 26 Office Hours - Passive/Human Behavior/Means of Egress
Week of October 3 Office Hours - Detection & Alarm/Water-Based Systems
Week of October 10 Office Hours - Special Hazard Systems/Explosion Protection

The time and date for office hours have not been established yet. A poll will be provided to attendees to determine the best time/day for the office hour.

COVID-19: Taking the PE in 2022

For updates on testing and exam administration related to the current global health thread visit: Approvals by state boards are handled individually and your specific board should be contacted if there are questions related to that process.

Continuing Education Credits

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are only granted for the sessions in which you fully participate. Your participation is verified by being logged into the web conference technology during the session. The maximum number of PDHs that can be awarded for the 16 weeks is 24 PDHs, even if the sessions run long or you attend a Tuesday and Thursday session in a given week.