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Call for Experts: New 2020 SFPE PE Exam Prep Course
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2020 marks the first year where the PE Exam for Fire Protection Engineering is moving to a computer-based test format. Over the next few years, this test will continue to expand the types of questions possible for examinees to answer from simple multiple-choice questions to new varieties such as drag-and-drop, matching and fill in the blank. Beyond this, there is now the potential for the test to be offered multiple times a year and with much more global access.

Due to the change in format, SFPE is overhauling our existing PE Exam Prep Course for 2020. We are looking for up to 12 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to serve as developers and instructors for the following modules:

 Module Topic Dates - 
Tuesdays - 2:30 - 4:00pm EST
Thursdays - 6:30 - 8:00pm EST
 1  Fire Protection Analysis – Types  July 21 & July 23
 2  Fire Protection Analysis – Information Sources & Management  July 28 & July 30
 3 Fire Dynamics  August 4 & August 6
 4 Water-Based Suppression - Systems  August 11 & August 13
 5  Water-Based Suppression - Water Supplies  August 18 & August 20
 6  Special Hazard Systems  August 25 & August 27
 7  Fire Detection and Alarm Systems  September 1 & September 3
 8  Smoke Management Systems  September 8 & September 10
 9  Explosion Protection and Prevention Systems  September 15 & September 17
 10  Passive Building Systems  September 22 & September 24
 11  Means of Egress  September 29 & October 1
 12  Egress and Occupant Movement – Human Behavior  October 6 & October 8


Expectations of Subject Matter Experts:

  • Attend monthly PE Exam Prep committee calls from January – October
  • Develop 90 minutes of content for assigned modules independently, working with PE Exam Prep committee and SFPE staff to deliver on course objectives
  • Work to develop resources around your assigned module with PE Exam Prep committee and SFPE sStaff
  • Deliver assigned modules twice during your assigned week based on the schedule above
  • Answer questions for students during the week of your assigned module

SFPE will offer an honorarium to those volunteers for the delivery of the content.

If you are interested in participating in this project and helping SFPE prepare our next generation of professional engineers, please send an email to Louis Guerrazzi, SFPE Manager, Professional Development @, with the subject line “SME – PE Exam Prep Course – Module(s) #” and include a resume or C.V..


PLEASE NOTE: You cannot volunteer to serve as an SME for this project if you have participated in the NCEES PE Exam Question Development Process within the last 3 years. 

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