• Supercharge Your Study of The California Seismic Exam

    Improve Your Study with the Best Seismic Prep Course Available

    Check out the details of this amazing course to help tip the scales in your favor of passing this the first time

    Civil Engineering Academy and PPI have partnered up to offer you a killer course for your California Seismic Exam. If you are ready for a course that gives you everything you need to pass then look no further. As an affiliate for PPI, Civil Engineering Academy has placed its stamp of approval on this amazing course – specifically for those taking the California exams.

Everything You Get In The Course Bundle

This OnDemand Course is available from 1 week to 1 year to fit your needs and style of learning.  Accessible anywhere you have the internet!

Lectures are always up to date with the latest specifications and they focus on what you really need to know. A detailed syllabus is also followed.

Homework that comes straight from PPI’s Learning Hub!  Add on print books and laminated references for additional practice.

Expert study and time management tips are provided by an expert instructor to help you on exam day.

A killer price. Because of this great partnership you are getting 15% off the price. No promo code needed. It’s built into the price.

Your Instructors

David Connor, PE, SE



David Connor, PE, SE is currently a structural engineer for Haines, Gipson, and Associates in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, structural emphasis, from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, structural and geotechnical emphasis, from the University of South Carolina.

He has been a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Georgia since 2002, and passed the 16-hour NCEES Structural Engineering (SE) Exam in 2014. He is registered as a PE in other states as well, and a registered SE in Illinois. Additionally, he wrote the book “Bridge Problems for the Structural Engineering (SE) Exam” which is currently available for purchase from PPI and other booksellers.

David Micnhimer, PE, SE



David Micnhimer, PE, SE is a licensed professional engineer in California, Virginia, and North Carolina. He has known that he wanted to be a structural engineer since elementary school. The past few years, he has worked at a steel bridge manufacturing company, designing over 150 different bridges, including trusses, modular bridges, and buried structures.

Previously, he worked as a consultant designing bridges, retaining walls, solar site foundations, substations, and a variety of other structures. He has conducted bridge inspections and site investigations as well. He is particularly interested in the complexities of seismic design, finite element analysis, and soil-structure interaction. You will see his projects in nearly every state in the United States.

He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He successfully defended his Master’s Thesis in “Stochastic Modelling by Polynomial Chaos Expansions on the Long-Term Behavior of Concrete Beams with CFRP Composites.” He is expected to complete his MS in Structural Engineering soon with only one class remaining. While at Mines, he ran DII Cross Country and Track, racing events from the 1500m to the 10k. He also participated in ASCE, AGC, Civil Engineering Honor Society, and the Navigators.

He recently moved back to Colorado with his wife, 2 dogs, and 1 cat. In his free time, David likes to run long distances and is currently training for ultra-marathons. He likes to spend time with his wife hiking, playing disc golf, and exploring.

Elena Badilla, PE, MCE



Elena Badilla, PE, MCE earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University–Northridge (CSUN) and a Master of Civil Engineering from Norwich University. She currently works as a survey engineer on a 10-mile segmental bridge project in Hawai’i.

She has over six years of experience in construction engineering, surveying, hydrology and hydraulics, geometry control and site development for residential, commercial and public works projects. Elena holds a professional engineer license in the State of California.

What People Are Saying

  • I just wanted to say thank you for going over and beyond to help us out in the class. You teaching the material and your explanations actually made the exam EASY! Without saying too much about the exam, let’s just say your seismic concrete design handouts were very beneficial. But not only did taking your class help with the exam, it made me a better structural engineer. So regardless if I pass or not, thank you!

    Michael P.

    PPI Student

What The Course Is Like

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