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Soil Bioengineering for Soil Stabilization

COURSE NO: G04-006
Soil Bioengineering for Soil Stabilization
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses the attributes and limitations of various vegetative and structural components and contains recommendations about which approach is most appropriate for a given slope stabilization problem. Practical design considerations, construction techniques, and guidelines for the selection of appropriate materials, including plant species, are presented.


Soil bioengineering for slope stabilization consists of using live, woody vegetative cuttings that will provide soil reinforcement and prevent surface erosion on slopes. The soil bioengineering techniques discussed in this course are generally appropriate for immediate protection of slopes against surface erosion, shallow mass wasting, cut and fill slope stabilization, earth embankment protection, and small gully repair treatment.


This 4 PDH online course is intended primarily for civil and geotechnical engineers, construction managers, as well as technical professionals interested in gaining a better understanding of slope stabilization.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the vegetative and structural components of soil bioengineering systems
  • Learning about soil bioengineering plant species
  • Learning about plant tolerance
  • Understanding the basic principles and design considerations of soil bioengineering
  • Learning about the construction techniques and materials including:
    • Live staking
    • Live fascines
    • Brushlayers
    • Branchpacking
    • Live gully repair
    • Live cribwalls
    • Vegetated rock gabions
    • Vegetated rock walls
    • Joint plantings
    • Vegetated structures
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 18 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (DOA) Engineering Field Handbook, "Soil Bioengineering for Upland Slope Protection and Erosion Reduction", October 1992.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Soil Bioengineering for Slope Stabilization (4.3 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this DOA 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

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