PE Exam Review

Course participants report a 90% pass rate, compared to the NCEES reported pass rate of 74%!

Taught by expert instructors with backgrounds across all areas of fire protection engineering, the SFPE PE Exam Review Course 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 June 2023 – with recorded sessions also available on-demand afterward.   Additional review sessions, online discussions, practice problems, and office hours with the instructors are included, providing the comprehensive preparation needed to head into the exam confidently. 

 “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 moved to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) format. With this format change, this course has been revised to meet the current NCEES exam specifications and format. Registering for this program will give you access to our 13 live, 1.5-hour sessions from anywhere. Each session is taught by one of our subject matter experts, using web conferencing technology and supported through SFPE's eLearning portal, allowing you to ask questions as they arise throughout each session. After every 3 to 4 sessions, you will have access to weekly office hours. 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 18-week schedule starts June 6th and runs every Tuesday and Thursday until the week of October 3rd.

Recordings of Tuesday and Thursday sessions will be uploaded to this course within 24 hours of the live session. You can attend the Tuesday and/or Thursday sessions each week. All live sessions are recorded and provided to the attendees of the course. If you cannot watch the live session, you can 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 2023 SFPE PE Exam Review Course is as follows:






Week 1:



FP Analysis

John Frank, PE 

Week 2:



Fire Hazard Analysis

John Frank, PE

Week 3:



Fire Dynamics Pt. 1

Adam Barowy, MSFPE

Week 4:



Fire Dynamics Pt. 2

Scott Rockwell, PhD, PE 

Week 5:


Office Hours

Stephen Dale, PE; John Frank, PE; Adam Barowy; Scott Rockwell, PE

Week 6:



Smoke Control

Christine Pongratz, PE 

Week 7:



Passive Systems

Bryan Hoskins, PhD, PE 

Week 8:



Human Behavior

Bryan Hoskins, PhD, PE 

Week 9:



Means of Egress

Derek Duval, PE 

Week 10:


Office Hours

Stephen Dale, PE; Bryan Hoskins, PE; Derek Duval, PE; Christine Pongratz, PE 

Week 11:



Detection & Alarm

Merton Bunker, PE 

Week 12:



Water Supplies

Christina Francis, PE 

Week 13:



Water-Based Systems

Mark Aaby, PE 

Week 14:


Office Hours

Stephen Dale, PE; Merton Bunker, PE; Christina Francis, PE; Mark Aaby, PE

Week 15:



Special Hazards Systems

Tim Carman, PE 

Week 16:



Explosion Control

Jeremy Lebowitz, PE 

Week 17:


Office Hours

Stephen Dale, PE; Tim Carman, PE; Jeremy Lebowitz, PE

Week 18:



Course Wrap Up

Stephen Dale, PE 


2023 PE Exam Date: October 23 -

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

All office hours on Thursdays - single weekly office hour (6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT)

PE Exam

The 2023 Fire Protection Engineering Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam is set for October 23, 2023.

The following is important information about the exam:

COVID-19: Taking the PE in 2023

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 you fully participate in. Your participation is verified by logging into the web conference technology during the session. The maximum number of PDHs that can be awarded is 23 PDHs, even if the sessions run long or you attend both a Tuesday and Thursday session in a given week.