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

I passed the exam due to your seminar. So far, it’s been the only portion of the ARE where the studying the material actually felt useful and relevant to the practice. I followed your advice and watched the videos over the ten days before the exam. I was extraordinarily skeptical this would work, but felt well prepared once the test questions began. Best wishes and sincere thanks!

Jenny S.

I found out today it is a PASS!!! Thank you so much for creating these videos, they are worth GOLD. I had very little knowledge on building systems prior to studying for this exam and I have to say Mr. Ermann’s great ability to explain and engage his viewers on this often abstract & tedious material is invaluable. Thanks you again! Keep up the excellent work!

Emma Colon

I just wanted to say thank you soooooo much for your AWESOME videos! I just got my pass for BS yesterday! You make this material so much more interesting to understand.

Nicole Cavanaugh

I cannot overstate the importance of  this course. I purchased the online seminar in preparation of retaking BDS nearly one year after I failed it. The information provided is current, relevant and the principles outlined are critical to understanding and passing this exam. Michael presented this seminar in an easy-going manner and I appreciate his approach. Just received my passing results this morning and needless to say, am thrilled. I highly recommend this seminar to any and all preparing for this ARE section.

Aimee Zielinski

I was so upset after i finished my exam, it was so hard and the vignette was kind of difficult as well. Today I received my pass on the exam, thank you so much for putting together such good videos that helped me to understand better my buildings not only for the exam but for my professional life.


Ivan Heredia

Just wanted to thank you for the amber course. It was invaluable to helping me pass (BS was my last test and I’ve since become licensed), especially since I was burnt out on having my head in a book 20 hours a week for over a year. Thanks again.

Erick R.

I passed!!!! Thank you so much for your lectures. I passed this exam on the first try!! I just stuck to your video and studied the video repeatedly. The lectures are super valuable and brilliant. I also got some BS question in SPD exam which I took together and passed too. THANKS again!

Song Han

Thank you so much for this course! I sat for the exam last Thursday after about two and half weeks of prep using your online seminar. I started with my same old materials a few weeks prior and didn’t feel like I was making any meaningful headway. I felt pretty in control during the exam but I was so afraid I hadn’t done enough to prepare! This was the shortest amount of study time I’ve given myself out of the 6 tests I have passed. Happy to say I received my PASS this morning! Thanks again for all of the help!

Sam Pruitt

Your videos were a total eye opener. I don’t think I ever experienced the level of concept understanding as clearly as Michael teaches it. These videos will make me think differently moving forward in regards to any application of architecture. Thank you for all your help and I do look forward to the next seminar.

Matteo Rapallini-Hough

Just wanted to share the good news I got this morning – its’ a MEPasssssssss 🙂 First try! Followed your instructions and took the test after 3 weeks of watching your videos. Did not study anything else. Thank you!!!!!! Totally worth in terms of quality education and time spent on studying. I really understand how building systems work and the strategies to make our building more environmentally-friendly.

Irina Mitina

Amber Seminar is the best of all the online videos that I’ve found. Not to mention that the content is great, sharp and easy to understand and memorize. What impressed me the most was actually their attitude towards creating the best online seminar. They are not recording live seminars and just reselling it online. And they spend a lot of time putting together all the graphics, diagrams and small flash. It’s so much better than just hearing the teacher describing a thing by words only. And the real exam uses graphics too instead of sentences to test the applicant so you get how important it is to get familiar with images. I really appreciate all the experiments that Michael did at the lab to explain the concepts. As a designer who makes video from time to time, I know it takes time and is not easy.

Lynn Liu

I took it and passed it.  I am already registered as that was my last one!!!  I felt prepared, my only struggle was time but I was able to finish and double check.  The headache was huge afterwards but a relief to have it done. Thanks for the support, your class was really critical to be able to achieve the results with so little study time.

Maria R.

Just wanted to let you know I received my PASS for Building Systems using the Amber Book!  Thank you for helping make that exam study time quick and successful for me. I will recommend it to anyone taking this exam.  Thanks again.

Adam Zingrone

Thank you for your online seminar! I took my exam a couple weeks after completing the videos and just found out that I passed! This exam was the one I was dreading the most as I felt the least familiar with the content on this exam compared to the other exams. After trying to read through Kaplan & Ballast, I knew I needed something that presented the information in a way that was simple and easy to understand, and your videos did just that. Now I only have two exams left. Thank you once again!

Christopher Stelly

Michael, Thank you for the seminar / videos—they were very informative. Also, I received the “pass” notice today—so I can say they a big thanks for that! I watched the videos at my own pace once; then within a few days/hours before the exam I watched them all again and I found that method very helpful.

Brandon Young

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