A review of the principles of surveying for the California state specific engineering surveying examination.


Tyler Hatch, PE, PhD

Topics Covered

  • Horizontal and vertical curve calculations (covered during the combination class with the 8-hour group)
  • Slope staking and traverse calculations
  • Mapping and area calculations
  • Levels and chaining
  • Bearings
  • Earthwork
  • Topography
  • Photogrammetry

This intensive workshop is designed to review the basic principles of seismic design of structures for the California state specific seismic principles exam. This course has been updated using the new California Building Code (CBC) and International Building Code (IBC).


Chris Tokas, M.S., S.E.


Class is scheduled for Saturday's (4 total) from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.   For class schedule and room assignments see the PE Review Course Information page.


All classes will be held as California State University Sacramento.  For directions visit the PE Review Course Information page.

Topics Covered

  • Effects of earthquakes on structures
  • Generation of seismic forces
  • IBC requirements for earthquake-resistant design
  • Structural systems for earthquake-resistant design 
  • Load paths and transmission of loads through the structure
  • Base sear distribution
  • Analysis and design of small building structures with flexible diaphragms
  • Wall rigidities/Rigid diaphragms
  • Single degree of freedom oscillators/response spectrum
  • Practice problems and examples
  • Review of selected topics
  • Questions and final clarifications

Class order and dates may change as the year progresses. Please check the YMF website periodically for updates.  


Class Schedule

When: General 8 hour review courses are typically held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Engineering Surveying review courses will be held on a Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and the following Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Seismic Principles review courses will be held on four Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Where: All classes will be held at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

Schedule: To find out when and where the classes are being held proceed to the 2018 PE Review Course Schedule.


Class Pricing

NCEES National 8-hour Exam
For early registration discount, must register by August 6th 11:59pm.

ASCE Member (Early Registration) - $325
Non-Member (Early Registration) - $375
ASCE Member (Registration) - $375
Non-Member (Registration) - $425

Engineering Surveying
For early registration discount, must register by August 13th 11:59pm.

ASCE Member (Early Registration) - $150
Non-Member (Early Registration) - $200
ASCE Member (Registration) - $200
Non-Member (Registration) - $250

Seismic Principles
For early registration discount, must register by August 27th 11:59pm.

ASCE Member (Early Registration) - $275
Non-Member (Early Registration) - $325
ASCE Member (Registration) - $325
Non-Member (Registration) - $375



From Highway 50-west: Exit at the Howe Avenue offramp, and take the Sacramento State exit (a few hundred yards before you get to Howe Ave) and follow the signs to campus.  Once on campus, refer to the below map for specific location and parking.  



PLEASE BE AWARE:  Parking is not free! You may purchase a parking permit in person or on your smartphone using the PayByPhone App. The closest parking structure to the reviews is Parking Structure III and the permit machine is located on Level 3. Information on how to use the PayByPhone App can be found here: http://www.csus.edu/sacstatenews/articles/2013/04/PaybyPhone04-02-13.html. Free parking may be available on local streets.

YMF will not be responsible for parking tickets!


CSUS Parking

CSUS campus


A review of the topics covered in the 8-hour portion of the Civil Professional Engineer License Examination. This course is provided as a public service to the engineering profession. All courses are presented by local engineering professionals.

Topics Covered and Instructors*

  • Hydrology -- Pamela Dalcing-Walling, PE
  • Hydraulics -- Mike Konieczki, PE
  • Environmental  -- Ron Berry, PE
  • Structural Design and Analysis -- Ben Fell, PE, PhD
  • Structural Materials -- Ben Fell, PE, PhD
  • Construction -- Kevin Gilton, PE
  • Traffic -- Dave Stanek, PE
  • Geometric Design -- Adrian Engel, PE
  • Geotechnical -- Augie Smarkel, PE
  • Engineering Surveying -- Tyler Hatch, PE, PhD

*Subject to change

Frequently Asked Questions related to the PE Review Course and Registration. Please read the following before emailing questions, due to our limited staffing it may take a few days to respond.

Q: Can I purchase the course notes separately?

A: YMF does not sell the notes for individual courses or as a set, notes are only provided with full registration to the respective course.


Q: If I paid and attended the courses previously can I retake the courses for free or at a discounted rate?

A: To allow YMF to keep costs to a minimum, YMF does not offer former students to take the courses free of charge.  Discounts for registering early are available to all students.  Additionally a current ASCE membership in good standing qualifies for a discount.


Q: How do I request a refund?

A: Please see the terms and conditions in the email you received after reserving your seat.  If you did not receive an email please send an email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Q: Do I have to pay for parking, if so, how much does parking cost?

A: The YMF PE Review courses are held at CSUS and therefore all parking rules and regulations must be adhered to.  To find information on the University Parking rules please visit the University Parking website at http://www.csus.edu/UTAPS/


Q: Can I pay for one or more of the General review courses at a prorated rate?

A: YMF does not offer the course a-la-cart.


Q: I will be unable to attend some of the review courses, how can I receive the notes for the class I will miss?

A: Please coordinate with the class helpers or if you will not make the first day of class please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Q: Can I get a receipt for my payment?

A: Yes, a receipt will be produced at the conclusion of online registration, please save the virtual copy and print the form for your personal records.


Q: When will registration open?

A: Registration for the spring review typically opens in Late December or Early January.  Registration for the fall review typically opens in June.


Q: I have a question that is not described here, who do direct my question to?

A: Please send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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