PE Exam Study Guide



Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Examination in Fire Protection Engineering

The study guide presents a technical overview of all subjects in the NCEES exam specifications, including sample exercises, problems, and concepts that are equivalent in length/difficulty to what may be encountered on the actual exam.  The study guide includes technical content, references, and corresponding answers, and is divided into three parts:

  • Part I, General Information, contains background and historical information on engineering licensing as well as information specific to licensing in fire protection engineering. This part explains the roles of SFPE and NCEES in engineering licensing and contains suggestions for preparing for and taking the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination. 
  • Part II, Technical Subjects, covers the technical subjects on the exam specification with divisions/chapters matching the exam topics. The technical chapters contain sample problems and answers meant to familiarize candidates with basic concepts that may be incorporated into a PE exam problem, including objectively scored problems equivalent to PE exam problems in length and difficulty.
  • Part III, Appendices, consists of information on how to contact state licensing boards that administer NCEES exams; a list of jurisdictions that have given the exam in fire protection engineering; specification for the PE exam in fire protection engineering; dates of future PE exams; NCEES’s model rules of professional conduct; and a list of additional study publications. 

SFPE’s study guide is 507 pages and includes a separate 65-page answer manual. 

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Additional Study Resources

An SFPE best-selling handbook – perfect for additional self-guided study, exam preparation, and ongoing reference:

SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering

Available as a printed or electronic handbook

Known as the definitive reference on fire protection engineering and performance-based fire safety, this three-volume handbook covers fire protection fundamentals, fire dynamics, hazard calculations, fire risk analysis, modeling, and more. Includes over 1,800 figures and step-by-step equations.

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