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Geotechnical Engineering: Deep Foundations

COURSE NO: G12-002
Geotechnical Engineering: Deep Foundations
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course, as a part of Geotechnical Engineering Series, covers basic theories, engineering evaluations, design approaches, and practical construction quality control (CQC) procedures for design and construction of deep foundations.


For situations where shallow foundations are inappropriate for support of structural elements, deep foundations are necessary to transfer structure load through unsuitable subsurface to suitable bearing strata.


This 12 PDH online course is applicable to geotechnical, civil, mining, structural, and environmental engineers, as well as design and construction personnel involved with the planning, design, and construction of shallow foundations.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the general approach to foundation design
  • Learning about the various types of deep foundations including driven and CIP (cast-in-place) piles
  • Familiarizing with the pile design concept and procedure
  • Learning how to assess pile side and tip resistances
  • Understanding the practical design approaches of load tests and deformation-compatible side/tip resistances
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 9, Deep Foundations of the Federal Highway Administration "Reference Manual Volume II, SOILS {C}AND FOUNDATIONS", Publication No. FHWA NHI-06-089.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Geotechnical Engineering: Deep Foundations (5.5 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of sixty (60) questions to earn 12 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 9 of this FHWA Publication.


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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