PE Exam Review

2022 Course Information Will Be Available Soon!

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

2020 marked the first year the PE Fire Protection Exam moves to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) format. With this change in format, this course has been revised to meet the current NCEES exam specifications and format. Registering for this program will give you access to our 15 live, 1.5-hour sessions from anywhere. Each session is taught by one of our 12 subject matter experts, using web conferencing technology and supported through SFPE's eLearning portal, which will allow you the opportunity to ask questions as they arise throughout each session. Following the 15 live sessions, you will have access to weekly office hours the five (5) weeks leading up to the exam date. 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 20-week schedule starts June 1 and runs every Tuesday and Thursday until the week of September 9. From September 13- October 11, there will be a single weekly office hour until the week of the exam.

All Tuesday sessions are from 2:30-4:00 pm ET 
All Thursday sessions run from 6:30-8:00 pm ET
Recordings of both Tuesday and Thursday sessions will be uploaded to this course within 24 hours of the live session. 

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

Week 1 - June 1/June3 Introduction to the course, an overview of course materials, setting a study roadmap
Week 2 - June 8/June 10 Information Types/Sources
Week 3 - June 15/June 17 Analysis Types
Week 4 - June 22/June 23 Fire Dynamics
Week 5 - June 29/July 1 Fire Dynamics
Week 6 - July 6/July 8 Smoke Control
Week 7 - July 13/July 15 Passive
Week 8 - July 20/July 22 Human Behavior
Week 9 - July 27/July 29 Means of Egress
Week 10 - August 3/August 5 Detection & Alarm
Week 11 - August 10/August 12 Water-Based Systems - Water Supply
Week 12 - August 17/August 19 Water-Based Systems - Suppression Systems
Week 13 - August 24/August 26 Special Hazards Systems
Week 14 - August 31/September 2 Explosion Protection
Week 15 - September 7/September 9 Course Wrap up 
Week 16 - Week of September 13 Office hours - Fire Dynamics/Smoke Control
Week 17 - Week of September 20 Office Hours - Passive/Human Behavior/Means of Egress
Week 18 - Week of September 27 Office Hours - Detection & Alarm/Water-Based Systems
Week 19 - Week of October 4 Office Hours - Special Hazard Systems/Explosion Protection
Week 20 - Week of October 11 Office Hours - General 

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

Reading Requirements

The following documents are highly recommended for studying for the exam and throughout this course. Please note that the only reference supplied during the exam itself is the PE Fire Protection Reference Handbook which is available for free from NCEES.

COVID-19: Taking the PE in 2021 

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 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 15 weeks is 22.5 PDHs, even if the sessions run long or you attend a Tuesday and Thursday session in a given week.