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Soil Mechanics: Description and Classification

COURSE NO: G04-002
Soil Mechanics: Description and Classification
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course, as a part of soil mechanics series, covers basic standards in soil description and classification. Human beings have been building structures on, in, and with soils for centuries, and the principles of soil mechanics have been used for a long time, whether they were theorized or not.


Soil consists of three phases of solid, liquid and gas. Because of the three-phase composition, soils exhibit different appearances and forms. A required task in geotechnical engineering is to describe and classify the soils for ensuing engineering evaluations in design and construction.


This 4 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 building structures on, in, and with soils.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Learning about the basic soil description terminologies
  • Learning about the basics and commonly used standards in soil classification
  • Understanding the major engineering characteristics of the main soil groups
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 4, Engineering Description, Classification and Characteristics of Soils and Rocks of the Federal Highway Administration "Reference Manual Volume I, SOILS {C}AND FOUNDATIONS", Publication No. FHWA NHI-06-088.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Soil Mechanics: Description and Classification (1.56 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 4 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 may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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