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

Thank you! I just received my pass letter, I’m sure you get this from everyone but you truly helped me with this exam.  I am now done with the ARE and am eligible to take the CSE.  If you are ever in Santa Barbara or Ventura, Ca. I would love to buy you lunch or a beer.

Daniel Saltee






Hi Michael, I took the Exam on the 9th, about two weeks after taking your seminar in NYC. I passed!!! It was a really tough exam. I felt very prepared going into the exam. Your course helped A TON!! I didn’t study hardly at all beforehand, so with your seminar and two additional weeks of studying I was able to make it happen! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Eva Pederson






Hello Mr. Ermann, I recently signed up for your online A.R.E. Building Systems Prep Seminar.  I took my Building Systems exam last Saturday.  I am happy to report that I have PASSED, and this was my final test!   Thank you for offering this course online!  It was extremely informative not only for the A.R.E. exam but also for everyday practice.

Eric Edwards






Hello, I received my PASS letter this morning! I took this exam last spring and failed (obviously since I was in your Nov seminar). Honestly, looking back on the spring exam, I was not prepared even though I studied for 6 weeks. I just didn’t know the material well enough. You made everything crystal clear. For the first time during my final ‘skim’ review of notes, I passed over the HVAC and elec sections because I felt completely confident in those areas. Your interactive teaching using students as molecules was unbelievably helpful and I pictured those examples in my mind many times. I would say that the Specialties review might need a bit more attention. Your method of laying out the lights for the vignette was great, too! …. it’s so simple! Thank you again. I have already told friends to take your spring seminar in NYC. This was my final exam, too.

Jaclyn Thomforde






Hi Professor Ermann, First and foremost, thanks for a great class here in NY several weeks ago. It was very informative and I really believe it helped me to understand building systems in a meaningful way that will carry through my career. I will recommend your course to colleagues that aren’t even taking the exam just because it is so clear and informative. I didn’t study before your class and I flipped through MEEB after your class the day before the exam on Dec 1st. I also ran through the Kaplan practice exam. Got my results today and I passed the exam. Thanks again for the great class, your students are very lucky to have you as their teacher.

Hedi Allameh






Michael, I just received the result of the Building Systems exam, and I passed!! Thank you for all your help, and thank you for creating such a great video series to watch. Not only did I pass the exam with flying colors (the first try!), but I learned A LOT from your video.

Wesley Azzouz






Hi Michael! I am happy to share that I passed the Building Systems exam–my final ARE exam! Thanks for your help in getting past this hurdle!

Tessa Kelly






Michael, Just wanted to let you know that I got my results back and I am elated to say that I passed. Thank you for getting me there! I have been practicing for almost 6 years now and yesterday I had a meeting with our consulting MEP engineers and it was the first time that I actually fully understood what they were talking about. They were describing the entire heating/cooling strategy for a building we are working on and it all was crystal clear in my head what it was, which is really amazing considering 2 weeks ago it was a total mystery. So thank you!

Andrew Lewis






Professor Ermann-I recently took your seminar in new York a few weekends ago.  Per your suggestion, I took the test the day after the seminar.  I just received my results and I passed!  This is a big win since it was my last exam.  Having failed it twice after passing all of my other exams, it is an especially big win. I’m really glad I took your seminar. I found it quite helpful and actually pretty interesting.  I look at buildings and mechanical rooms (especially our pipe-cladden stairwell) in a whole new light.  And I don’t think i’ll ever forget the principles of refrigeration now. Thanks again.

Megan Mills






Hi Michael, In case you were wondering, A.R.E. 4.0 Building Systems is history for me! I got the pass! Thank you so much for your seminar.  Of course, it was money well spent! Again, thank you for your time and the production of this resource.  This was a scary re-test for me, but you helped a great deal in my understanding of key concepts.  Keep up the good work.

Verna James






Michael, I wanted to let you know that a few days ago I found out that I PASSED!!!!  Your seminar truly was enjoyable and it did a wonderful job of laying down a great foundation for the major topics. I finished your seminar in about a week. Then I spent a week scanning all the diagrams in MEEB and re working through the Amber book and studying all the awesome matrix charts in the Amber book. Great job on the seminar! This is going to help A LOT of people!!!!

Megan Tegethoff






Prof. Ermann, Thank you for making these videos. Your online seminar was crucial to understanding the material needed to pass the exam, and also essential for practice after the exam. They were a breeze to get through, informative, and thorough. I was burnt out from months of studying for all of the exams, and not sure I could get through this last one. I am happy to report that I have now completed the ARE! Thanks again.

Jennifer Birks






Hi Michael, Thank you again for the videos. The series is GREAT and I will recommend to all of my friends taking the ARE. I really enjoyed the application of concepts to real life (like the double throw switch…comparison to a wedding venue!). That helped me the most. The pausing and answering questions is AWESOME. It keeps me engaged, rather than just sitting back and glazing over as a video is playing. Thank you!

Kristin Harbert






Hi Michael, I wanted to let you know that I PASSED the Building Systems exam.  This was my last ARE test so I am done.  Thanks so much for your seminar!  I think it definitely gave me the edge on concepts and facilitated a pass result.

Jacob Lauderdale






Professor Ermann, I’m pleased to inform you that I passed the 4.0 BS ARE! Thank you so much for coming up to Anchorage to provide us with your instruction and insights, it was a huge help!

Michael Henricks






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