About the Instructor

PE Exam instructor

Jim Monroe began teaching the Civil PE Exam Review courses for Michael Lindeburg in 1988 at Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area. After two years of supervised training and practice under Michael, he established the Sacramento venue where he has taught uninterrupted since.

In the late 1990s he went on to establish the Burbank/Pasadena/Glendale venue for PPI, then on to San Diego, then Irvine, Redding, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and occasionally returning to the San Francisco Bay Area to deliver either portions of the Civil Principles & Practice Exam Review course there or the California Special Civil Seismic Principles & Engineering Surveying Examinations.

In the late 2000s he developed and delivered a live online Civil Principles & Practice Exam Review course for Kaplan.

Authorship for PPI includes Civil Surveying Practice Exam for the California Special Civil Engineer Exam by James R. Monroe (1999, Paperback) available on ebay, the "Instructor in a Box" classroom materials, and developmental editing for the first edition of Surveying Principles for Civil Engineers by Paul A. Cuomo

After the October 2010 exam cycle, Jim established California Civil PE Review.

Current passing rates for students of California Civil PE Review have typically been in the 80% range.

Registrations & Certificates

  • Registered Civil Engineer – California, 1987

  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) – Project Management Institute, 2004


  • BSCE, University of the Pacific – 1983

  • MSIT, National University – 2002