Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 1:09
Subject: Notice to Candidates of
the SE Exam
NOTICE TO CANDIDATES OF THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS EXAM
ENGINEERS IN CALIFORNIA TAKING THE SE EXAM WILL BE REQUIRED TO REFERENCE THE
2000 IBC BEGINNING IN OCTOBER 2004.
WE REQUEST MEMBERS RECEIVING THIS NOTICE INFORM THEIR ASSOCIATES AND FRIENDS,
WHO PLAN TO TAKE THE EXAM, OF THIS IMPORTANT NEW REQUIREMENT.
PLEASE BEGIN BY POSTING A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON YOUR COMPANY BULLETIN BOARD
AND FORWARDING THIS EMAIL NOTICE.
IT IS IMPORTANT THIS MESSAGE BE DISTRIBUTED TO YOUNGER ENGINEERS BEYOND THE
Information for engineers taking the exam in October 2004.
"Beginning with the October 2004 examination administration, Civil
Engineers wishing to use the title "Structural Engineer" will be
required to pass both a national structural engineering examination as well as
a California state-specific examination. Each examination will be 8 hours in
length, for a total of 16 hours, administered over two days. Each examination
can be passed separately." From the BOPELS website.
While the 8-hour California exam will test on the 2001 California Building
Code, the 8-hour national portion of the SE exam will require reference to the
2000 IBC. Visit the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land
Surveyors website for details of California exam requirements at
http://www.dca.ca.gov/pels/. Look for the notice dated 2-20-04
concerning the SE exam. Details of the national exam topics and reference
standards may be found on the NCEES website at
http://www.ncees.org/. Study materials are available from NCEES.
For most engineers in California, the wind and seismic provisions of IBC 2000
will be especially unfamiliar and it is imperative that your preparation begins
well in advance of taking the exam. Preparation should begin with the
review of the IBC and the fundamental source documents, NEHRP and ASCE 7-98 for
wind and seismic design and the materials standards for general design as well
as material specific wind and seismic design requirements.
Structural Design Standards
Following is an abbreviated list of reference standards from the NCEES
website. Look for a link to "Structural Design Standards" for
the detailed list.
AASHTO, 2002 (highways and bridges)
ACI 318, 1999 (concrete)
ACI 530, 1999 and ACI 530.1 1999 (masonry)
AISC/ASD, 1989 or AISC/LRFD, 1994 (steel)
NDS, 1997 (ASD Only) Alternates listed on website (wood)
PCI Design Handbook, 1999 (precast/prestressed concrete)
ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, 1998
IBC International Building Code, 2000 Edition (without supplements).
Chapter 35 of the IBC provides a list of all standards referenced in
Note that IBC references national standards and you will need the standards
listed above. Not mentioned on the NCEES website, but probably also
1. For seismic design of steel structures, AISC Seismic Provisions
for Structural Steel Buildings, 1997, including Supplement 1. Hardcopies and
free downloaded pdf's and may be obtained from the AISC website at
2. For general, wind and seismic design, the AISI Specification
for Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members, 1996, is referenced from
IBC Chapter 22 for. This publication may be ordered from
http://www.steel.org. Search for the title under
In addition to studying the design standards, the following resources are
1. Obtain FEMA 368 and 369, NEHRP Recommended Provisions for
Seismic Regulations for New Building and Other Structures, (Provisions and
commentary), 2000. These documents will be helpful in understanding the
IBC Chapter 16 seismic provisions. They may by downloaded as free pdf's
from the BSSC website: http://www.bssconline.org/index.html Inexpensive
(shipping costs only) hardcopies may be ordered by calling 1-800-480-2520.
2. Review Seismic Design Manuals for IBC 2000. They are available
from ICC web site at http://www.iccsafe.org.
3. Obtain and review study materials and sample questions
available from NCEES website.
4. The January 2004 issue of Structural Engineer magazine
has an article written by S.K. Ghosh and John Henry that gives an overview with
explanations of the IBC seismic provisions.
5. Attend seminars concerning use of IBC 2000. ACI is
planning a seminar for application of wind and seismic provisions to concrete
5. The February 2004 Macro Seminar presented by the SEAOSC
Seismology Committee included a presentation on the seismic provisions in ASCE
7-02 (similar methodology as ASCE7-98 and IBC 2000) with design examples and
comparisons the CBC 2001. The Power Point presentation may be purchased
from the SEAOSC office by faxing (562-692-3425) or emailing (seaosc(--nospam--at)seaint.org)
the SEAOSC office. Cost (including tax and shipping) is $48.71 for
members and $70.36 for non-members. Include a credit card number and
expiration date along with an address where to ship the publication.
Credit card information may not be accepted via telephone.
Seminars to familiarize engineers taking the October exam with IBC 2000 may be
offered by SEAOSC/SEAOC. Though these will be intended for those
taking the exam, it would be of general interest to engineers.
If you would be interested in receiving information and notices related to the
October exam, please email Bob Lyons at Rlyons(--nospam--at)BJASE.com. Indicate whether you
would be interested in attending an exam preparation seminar and if so, whether
your interest is primarily in preparation for the exam or of general
interest. If you wish to comment without being placed on the email list,
state so on you email.
Note that email notices and the exam preparation seminar will be available to
all interested engineers and not limited to SEAOC/SEAOSC members.
Beginning with the April 2004 exam last month, the PE exam taken in California
also requires use of the 2000 IBC for the structural portion. Future
candidates for the PE may be interested in this information as well.