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

Hi Michael! Hope you are doing well and enjoying summer. I just wanted to thank you again for teaching the BS seminar! I passed the exam, and know it was largely because of the your amazing seminar and the Amber book! I really can’t thank you enough.

Chloe Csadenyi-Benson






Hi Prof Ermann, I received the PASS letter a few days ago. The AMBER Book and your seminar was EXTREMELY helpful. Looking back, I really enjoyed your seminar. Your explanations and enthusiasm (and skillful teaching) on these so called mundane MEP topics was infectious. I never thought Building Systems would have any lasting impression but I truly have a new found appreciation for it. Thank you for your dedication to teaching.

Margaret Kim






Hello Michael, My name is Francis Sun and I attended your BS class in New Orleans in early June. I am happy to let you know that I passed the BS exam. I received my letter yesterday. I want to thank you for all your help. Your class helped me out immensely. I will definitely pass on the information regarding your class to my colleagues who are in the process of the exam. Again thank you.

Francis Sun






Hi Michael, I am happy to report to you that I passed the Building Systems exam. I took the exam 3 weeks after your seminar in Dallas. I am positive that your Building Systems seminar played a huge role in that success. Thank you very much for traveling around the country and teaching the Building Systems topics in such a simple and fun, but eye-opening way. I also thoroughly enjoyed your brief presentations at the beginning of each class and to start the afternoon sessions after lunch. Even though the seminar is described as an exam prep course, your thorough knowledge on the subjects and excellent teaching skills have ingrained the topics and concepts to where I feel like I will never forget them. I have recommended your seminar to 2 other colleagues and will do the same to anyone needing the take to Building Systems Exam. With Genuine Appreciation,

David McMillin






I passed my test. Thanks for a great seminar. I mentally walked through some of our stand up exercises at least once when answering the questions. It helped.

Christie Echols






Hi Michael, I attended your lecture in SoCal a few weeks back and just found out that I passed the exam! Your lecture was very helpful!

Jason Herber






Michael, I took my exam on 6/14/13 and just found out that I passed!!!! Thank you for the seminar. I found your lectures to be full of relevant content delivered in an interesting and entertaining way. I appreciate all you do for us prospective architects. I now have the California Supplemental Exam to tackle. Thanks again.

Ben Packard






Hi Michael, I just returned from BS exam: Your seminar helped me immensely to understand the concepts of HVAC, Electrical and Lighting. It is unfortunate that there are so many strategies expressed out there for the vignette. Yours is time efficient and limits confusion. Very helpful-Thanks!

Kait Gish






Michael! I took my exam last Saturday and it was a BREEZE! It was so easy, I started to feel a little bad for the guys who designed the test! Overall, I am glad I had the opportunity to take your seminar- it was a good refresher and a huge help! You are the “Tesla of Building Systems Pedagogy.” I hope all is well in Blacksburg! Enjoy your summer!

Stephen Bergeron






Hello Michael, I passed my BS exam!!! I had failed it three times before, and your class gave me the confidence and knowledge to pass! I want to thank you very much, for all the words of advice you gave. Taking the exam as soon as possible is instrumental. I took it two weeks after the course and if I could have I would have scheduled it sooner. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!

Bruno Santos






Mr. Ermann, I finished both parts of the exam (questions and vignette) with time to spare. I am happy to let you know that I PASSED this section. I do not think this would have been possible without your very thorough review course. Thank you so much for all of your help.

Robyn Johnston






Hey Michael – Just got my results and I passed it! 2 exams left. Thanks for the great seminar, really felt like it gave me the confidence in how to approach the exam and not get obsessed with all the millions of things that we have to be prepared for.

Natalia Ikemiya






Hi Mike! I PASSED!!! To your credit and the proof of the seminar, my additional studying was even limited because I had to retake, due to a power outage, the Schematic Design Exam between the seminar the the Building Systems Exam, and I STILL PASSED!! It was a tough exam but I am glad to have it behind me now. Two-down & Five-to-go. Thanks again!!

Louie Barbieri






Hi Michael, I passed the Building Systems ARE! I am so happy and you really helped a lot! I cried when I found out, I couldn’t believe it. Thank you once again!

Lauren Fries






Hi Michael. Wanted to let you know that Aaron and I both passed the BS exam. Thanks again for all of your help and for being such a great teacher. Hopefully we will meet again sometime in the future. We will be referring you to people out here for sure.

Harper Halprin






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