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Geotechnical Engineering: Earth Retaining Structures

COURSE NO: G06-002
Geotechnical Engineering: Earth Retaining Structures
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course, as a part of Geotechnical Engineering Series, covers basic theories, engineering analyses, and practical approaches for design of retaining structures.


As a special case of an earthen slope with a truncated toe, earth retaining structure is used to hold back the earth and to maintain a vertical or near vertical elevation difference of the ground surface, for the benefit of saving space.


This 6 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 earth retaining structures.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the general approach to design of retaining structures
  • Learning about the various types of earth retaining structures and the significant development since 1970
  • Learning about the analytical methods involving active, at-rest, and passive lateral earth pressures
  • Understanding the practical design approaches for checking retaining wall performances against  overturning, sliding, bearing capacity, and global stability
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 10, Earth Retaining Structures 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: Earth Retaining Structures (2.7 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 10 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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