ARE 4.0 Path to Licensure

ARE 4.0
(7 exams to licensure)

ARE 4.0 / 5.0 Path to Licensure

ARE 4.0 / 5.0
(5 exams to licensure)

ARE 5.0 Path to Licensure

ARE 5.0
(6 exams to licensure)

The Amber Book

The Amber Book
(Building Systems Only)

Upcoming Live Seminars

Upcoming Live Seminars

Online Seminar

Online Seminar Overview

Info and Tips

Info & Tips

Tips for the ARE 5.0 transition

Tips for the
ARE 5.0 Transition

Hello, I would like to say thank you for helping me pass my building systems exam! The videos were very helpful and reinforced the knowledge I would need to pass the exam. I also found the videos very helpful for my practice of architecture in general. The videos also made me excited about learning about the building science. I am much more confident when talking with MEP engineers and I hope to apply some of the principles that I learned in the videos to daily practice. Thanks!!!

Joshua Hogan






Thanks for the videos, I got my pass Today.  I watched them twice and took notes, very helpful!  I doubt I could have absorbed that much information from a book.

Daniel McNamara






Michael, I took your advice, my exam was Sunday and I just got my results today and its a PASS! You are a genius and do a great job of breaking down concepts making them simple. I recommend your ONLINE CLASS to everyone as I pressed rewind when I did not grasp certain concepts. This was my re-take but your class took me to the next level and thanks. This is a proud moment for both of us and your work has not gone in vane. Please continue the good work because us/the ARE Building Systems Candidates need you. THANKS!

Aaron Saunders






Hello Michael, I wanted to let you know that I took the exam and passed! I followed your advice and took it two weeks after your course and a lot stuck. Thank you for the success. One more test for me. You gave me a great basis for understanding the different systems that were on the test. The group diagrams outside stuck in my mind clearly and still do.

Michael Finley






Hi Michael! Just wanted to drop a line about my PASS!!!!!!! Thank you very much for your guidance and encouragement. This was the third time around, but I do believe using your online seminar helped tremendously in finally passing BS. You covered all the content areas, and actually made it fun and engrossing so that I forgot I was studying for an ARE test. I took the test on January 23rd, found out the following Friday, the 30th, that I passed…and then had my 3rd child later that day too! It was my final ARE to officially make me a RA. It was an exciting Friday to say the least! Baby 3 is doing well and we are getting back to a normal schedule. Best wishes with your continued teaching. I think many of us are ever so grateful for your seminar. Thank you again!!!

Lana Smelley






Professor Ermann, I passed my Building Systems exam! Thanks so much for the wonderful [online] course. I wish something like this was available for all of the exam sections – it made studying so much easier and enjoyable, compared to pouring through stacks of books, not knowing if you’re focusing your energy in the right direction. I took your course, peeked at a few notes on communications/security systems, and read over the ADA bathroom dimensions. That was pretty much it. Thanks again for the hard work you’ve put into this resource. I will definitely recommend it to my friends and colleagues who are testing. I’ve got a full time job and couple of little kids – I’m trying to be efficient with this process! I know I’m not the only one. The two week intensive study plan was exactly what worked for me.Only one left, Building Design and Construction Systems!

Michelle Campbell






I received my pass notification today for Building Systems. Thanks for the excellent [online] seminar- I learned so much.

K.V.






I just found out yesterday that I passed! I’m very excited about this and wanted to thank you guys for all of your help. I could not have done it without the [online] seminar.

Matthew Vargas






I wanted to let you know that I passed the Building Systems exam; received my score results this past Friday. It was my last exam and I have officially completed the ARE process! Thank you for providing the Amber Seminar videos on such short notice, essentially two weeks prior to my exam. I got through each video twice and do not think I would have been able to pass without the videos. Thank you!

Yvonne Kolozsvary






I passed!  I had failed it once before I bought your class, so I wanted to do everything I could to pass it the second time around.    Thank you so much for such an entertaining and educational seminar!

Stephen Taul






I have raved about your seminar.  The fact I passed on the first try was all because of you and your course.  I had a professor who was shocked I took it first and passed.  He said it is the most difficult.

Teressa Merck






Hi Michael, I took your Amber Seminar this past November in NYC, took my exam 3 weeks later and passed!!!  This was my first ARE exam and I did not study anything prior to your seminar. I really enjoyed your class and would recommend it to future Building Systems exam takers. Hope you enjoyed the holidays!  Thanks!

Stephanie Francis






Professor Ermann First of all Happy New Year! Second, I have two friends who are also taking the ARE and I have highly recommended your videos for them to study off of. I passed my exam after watching your videos and they are by far the best study videos I have seen for the ARE. Thank you again for making them.

Wayne Lin






Hi, Wanted to let you know that I PASSED the Building Systems exam! Your videos should be the standard studying material for the BS exam. Puts everything into perspective and gives you the background knowledge necessary to take on any question on the exam. I was able to strategically navigate through questions on aspects in which I was not readily familiar. I walked out of the exam feeling like I had done exceptionally well, which scared me (haha). The results confirmed my initial notions. Four individuals at the firm I work for will be beginning to take their exams this upcoming year. I have strongly recommended your videos as the base study material for the BS exam.Thank you for making this invaluable resource available to us emerging architects. We are very appreciative.

Nicholas Robinson






Professor Ermann, Just wanted to share the good news that I passed the Building Systems exam, thanks in great part to your online course.  This was my last exam, so I have submitted all of my IDP and should be licensed by the end of the year. Thanks to your course, I was able to focus on the things I needed to study in order to pass the exam.  Thanks again for providing this course as a study tool, it really helped!

Shawna Hammon






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