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Engineering Classification of Rock Materials

COURSE NO: G05-007
COURSE PROVIDER: Jeelan Moghraby, Ph.D.
Engineering Classification of Rock Materials
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides a systematic framework to assess the properties of rocks to guide decisions in engineering applications.


The engineering classification of rock materials categorizes rocks based on various properties such as mineral composition, strength, and weathering characteristics. This classification aids engineers in understanding how different rocks will behave under varying conditions, guiding decisions in excavation, foundation design, and slope stability assessments. This course focuses on the use of rocks in engineering applications, ensuring the durability and safety of structures in environments where rocks play a significant role.


This 5 PDH online course is applicable to geotechnical engineers, as well as other professionals who are interested in learning more about assessing the characteristics of rocks encountered at a given site to make informed decisions in engineering applications.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the fundamental principles of engineering classification as applied to rock mass and rock material properties
  • Knowing how to identify and classify different types of rocks based on their engineering properties
  • Familiarizing with the Rock Material Field Classification System to classify rock and assess rock performance for engineering applications
  • Learning the field and laboratory testing techniques for assessing the engineering properties of rock materials
  • Understanding the engineering properties of rocks, including strength, porosity, and permeability
  • Learning how to assess and mitigate risks associated with different types of rock formations
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Engineering Classification of Rock Materials”, which is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Resources Conservation Service. Part 631 Geology National Engineering Handbook, “Engineering Classification of Rock Materials”, dated October 2022.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions to earn 5 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

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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