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Fire Protection Engineering PE Exam Review

The online PE exam review course is an excellent preparation tool to prepare you for the Fire Protection Engineering PE Exam.

2020 marks the first year the PE Fire Protection Exam moves to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) format. With this change in format, this year's course has been revised to meet the current NCEES exam specifications and format. Registering for this program will give you access to our 14 live, 1.5 hour sessions from anywhere. Each session is taught by one of our 12 subject matter experts, using web conferencing technology, which will allow you the opportunity to ask questions as they arise throughout each session.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 the 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

  • Access to Four pre-course Open Office Hours 
  • 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


NEW: Optional Office Hours

This year to give attendees additional resources to study for in light of the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis, our instructors are offering 4 additional open office hours to discuss topics with attendees: 

Thursday, May 21  6:00pm EDT – 7:00pm EDT – Fire Analysis/Fire Dynamics
Thursday, June 4  6:00pm EDT – 7:00pm EDT –  Smoke Control/Fire Detection & Alarms
Thursday, June 18  6:00pm EDT – 7:00pm EDT – Water Based/Special Hazards
Thursday, July 2  6:00pm EDT – 7:00pm EDT – Passive/MOE/Human Behavior

Full Course Schedule

The full 14-week schedule starts July 14th and runs every Tuesday and Thursday until the week of October 15th:

  • July 14 - October 13, 2020 (Every Tuesday) from 2:30 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
  • July 16 - October 15, 2020 (Every Thursday) from 6:30 - 8:00 PM Eastern Time

You have the flexibility to attend the Tuesday and/or Thursday session each week. 


  • Member of SFPE HQ: $1,795
  • Non-Member: $2,095
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Reading Requirements

Taking the PE in 2020

The Fire Protection Professional Engineer examination is continuing as scheduled and will be administered on October 22, 2020. The Pearson Vue testing facilities are open following the local regulations for the test center location. Most of these facilities are operating near 50 percent capacity, which means seats are limited. Once you have been approved by your state board it is imperative to register for your testing seat as soon as possible.

SFPE, NCEES, and Pearson Vue are all aware that testing on October 22nd has limited seating availability. The best course of action is to contact NCEES directly through your “MyNCEES” account so they can track the issue and work towards solutions. If you are in a situation where you cannot get the test site you desire, there are wait lists and cancellations do occur regularly. NCEES has published the following:

    “Please note that there are seats available for exams at testing centers. While they might be a couple of hours away, there is that option as well as being able to test in other states. Pearson VUE must operate in compliance with local guidelines and restrictions. Due to varying government restrictions, capacity has been reduced at many test centers to comply with social distancing requirements. Appointments may be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. NCEES is aware that this has caused scheduling issues for some candidates. NCEES is monitoring the situation and is working with Pearson VUE to evaluate other testing options. In the meantime, please continue to check for availability; there may be cancellations or additional appointments added to a test center’s calendar as capacity increases in some areas. NCEES will notify you if other testing options become available.”

For updates on testing and exam administration related to current global health thread visit: Approvals by state boards is 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 14 weeks is 21 PDHs, even if the sessions run long or you attend a Tuesday and Thursday session in a given week. Recordings of the sessions are available in case you miss a session or if you wish to listen to the session again, however no PDHs credit can be given to sessions that were missed and then made up by listening to the recording. These rules are necessary to maintain the integrity of the PDH granting process.


SFPE is a registered provider for the American Institute of Architects continuing education system (AIA/CES) Provider # G219


SFPE is a Preferred Provider with the International Code Council Provider # 1699

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