Online A.R.E. Building Systems and BDCS Prep Seminars

Free Sample Videos

Watch a free excerpt of each of the following topics through the links below. Links will open in a new window or tab.


Steel 1
Steel 2

Building Systems

Heating and Air Conditioning

Purchasing Information

For most people, these courses are intended to replace studying (rather than initiate it), even if you study no other content.

Tuition is $395 for Building Systems (which includes a book) and $375 for BDCS (which doesn’t include a book)

To enroll, email Let us know which prep course you want, your mailing address, and the date you want to start.

0% of this course is simply tripod video of me giving a class. I’ve hired animators, a movie maker, an audio recording studio, and a video recording studio to make this the kind of thing I’d want to watch for that many hours. I take production quality seriously.

You will not be able to share or copy this video. The license is only for one user on one computer. We customize each video with a watermark of your name (one frame only, in several different locations in the video, so too fast and too small to find it.) If you share the video, you’ll be charged for each person you share it with. If you receive a bootlegged copy, let us know. We’ll give you half of the net legal damages we recover.

Know that there is a $100 discount per video for all orders of two or more so if you have a friend or friends who are interested, you EACH receive $100 off, and you don’t need to start your three week video access window simultaneously. You and your friend will also be billed separately so you won’t have to gather the money for everyone.

There is no discount for signing up for both videos.

To purchase either online course, send an email to

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my partner and I want to pay separately and start at different times?
No problem. Just send the addresses of everyone interested to and we’ll work out the details and contact each of you separately.

You say that people can pass these exams with these videos, even if they don’t study other material. Can this be?
Yes. . . . and no. Bear with me, here. I believe that this video series gets you the highest likelihood of passing in the least amount of time. Taking these exams is a bit like playing poker. In poker, the goal isn’t to win each hand, but to make sound decisions, and work within the odds structure so that you win over the course of the night. With the AREs, if you have a 90% chance of passing each of the seven exams, that means you have less than a 50% chance of passing all seven exams on the first try. so the goal for most of you isn’t to pass this exam, but to get licensed as quickly as possible. Say you start, right now, without any studying and, were you to take the exam, you have a 10% chance of passing the BS or BDCS exam. It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to schedule the exam for tomorrow. Now, after taking my course, say you’ve spent 30 hours and increased your chances of passing to 83%. You could spend an additional 72 hours studying, which, boosts your likelihood of passing to 88%. Once you have mastery of the content, which I hope you will have after taking this course, you reach a state of diminishing returns. It takes a lot more studying to yield a small increase in the odds of passing. That is time you could have spent studying for ANOTHER exam, and gotten your odds up to (a respectable) 83% chance of passing that second exam. In most cases, it is better to be 83% sure your going to pass each of two exams than 88% or even 95% sure that you are going to pass one. This advice obviously doesn’t apply to you if you are at the end of your rolling clock and BS is your last exam and you are having difficulty with the material and have lots of free time to study. For the rest of you, this is solid advice.

Do you really think I should schedule the exam for right after I’m finished with the video?
Yes. This suggestion isn’t based on a deep-held conviction, but rather sprouted organically from the emails I’ve received from folks who took the test right away and from emails of those who waited.

What is the discount if there are three of us signing up together?
$100 off each one.

What is the discount if I take both seminars?
There is no discount for that.

What is the discount if I take the BS seminar and my friend takes the BDCS seminar?
There is no discount for that. The $100 discount is for two or more different people taking the same course.

How old is the video?
I’m always adding content. I won’t let this series of videos become outdated.

Will you have videos for ARE 5.0?
Yes, in the fall. Stay tuned.

Which ARE 5.0 exams will you prepare us for with your videos?
Programming & Analysis, Project Planning & Design, Project Development & Documentation, Construction & Evaluation


Good luck to everyone.

Online Seminar Preview