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An Introduction to Slope Stability and Protection

COURSE NO: C06-006
An Introduction to Slope Stability and Protection
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents methods of analyzing stability of natural slopes and safety of embankments. Diagrams are included for stability analysis, and procedures for slope stabilization are discussed.  Methods of analysis are also discussed, including the limit equilibrium method, limit analysis and finite element method. Translational failure analysis and recommended safety factors are provided. Earthquake loading and the effects of soil parameters and groundwater on stability are presented. You will learn about slope stabilization techniques including regrading, seepage and groundwater control, as well as retaining structures.


This 6 PDH online course is intended for civil and geotechnical engineers and other infrastructure design and construction professionals who want to learn about the basic technology, design guidelines and materials and equipment used for analysis of slope stability and protection methods.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the modes of slope failure
  • Understanding the effects of soil or rock type on slope failures
  • Learning how to analyze slopes for failure risk
  • Understanding the Simplified Bishop Method for slope analysis
  • Knowing the slope stability charts, including rotational failure in cohesive soils
  • Learning about translational failure analysis methods
  • Understanding the effects of soil parameters and groundwater on slope stability
  • Learning about stability problems in special materials
  • Learning about stabilization structures such as piers and retaining walls
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Slope Stabilty and Protection".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Slope Stability and Protection (4.25 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty five (35) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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