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

Just received word on Friday that I passed the Building Systems ARE (first time I’d taken it). The Amber videos were fantastic, and I particularly found the vignette strategy to be a very very helpful way to make best use of the allotted time. Thanks to your entire team!

Nate Rogers

Hi Michael, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for giving me access to the videos. Your videos guided me through the materials very smoothly. They made the materials easy to understand. I went to the exam with more confidence than when I left. My version of the exam looked hard to me (the multiple choice questions of it, not the vignette). There were a lot of question that required calculations of 5-7 steps which took plenty of time. I just received my score report now and I’m happy to say that I PASSED! Thanks again. Appreciate all the help.

Wisam Aldabbagh

Hi Amber Team, I am happy to let you know that I passed the BS test and this completed the 7 ARE tests for me!! My friend who signed up with me is thrilled to know that taking this seminar helped me so much. I will gladly promote this seminar as much as I can. Not only was the information during the seminar great, but the customer service you all exhibited during the whole process has been outstanding. Thank you again!

Blair Bricken

First off, I passed!! Yay!!  I graduated from architecture school 12 years ago and only had about 4 years of actual experience as an intern with architecture firms before I headed down an ‘alternative’ career path. So, needless to say, I had not thought about MEP and other building systems in a long time. After reviewing Kaplan and Ballast, which is my usual MO when studying for exams, I realized I needed some additional help. The Amber seminar was exactly what I needed to bring it all together and drive home those basic concepts. It would have taken me many more weeks, and maybe even months, to absorb all the info necessary for this test without taking your seminar. I followed your advice and, after watching the videos through twice (taking careful notes the second time that I reviewed a couple times later), I scheduled my exam. I also skimmed and reviewed diagrams in much of the MEEB book, and I took all the practice tests I had access to multiple times—which were all instrumental to my success. Though the exam was very challenging and I left not sure whether I had passed or failed, I have to say, there were definitely several questions that I confidently knew the answers to thanks to your videos, and am pretty sure I would not have otherwise. Anyway, thanks again! I’m onto my very last exam and close to finally being able to call myself an architect.

Murrye Bernard

Amber Team, I just wanted to say thank you for such a great series of videos. I passed the Building Systems exam with no difficulty! I believe the videos were a big part of my success. The production values were far and away fantastic compared to other materials out there. I found I really retained the graphics and animations as a reminder of key concepts during the exam– and in my daily practice. And if the Amber Team is at all considering branching out into merchandising, I’d suggest  ‘More cooling, boys…’ emblazoned on t-shirts and coffee mugs. Could be a hit. Thank you once again.

Erin Gallagher

Just took the BS test today and I have to say your videos are spot on. The instruction to use the 6×6 or 8×8 quick method for the vignette lighting is worth the price of the seminar alone.  I left feeling very confident, so thanks for that.  

J. Evers

Hi there, I wanted to reach out and compliment well organized well communicated content of the amber building systems videos. Just received my passing ARE notification. I basically only had time to study the videos/amber book due to work and other life commitments, I’ll be HIGHLY recommending this course to coworkers taking building systems and have already spoken with my office director about reimbursing this course for coworkers taking the building systems exam, and he’s on board. I hope you sell 1,000,000,000 copies! Thanks again.


Jason Ross

And it’s a PASS. Michael, thank you again for such an amazing seminar, not only did I pass my ARE thanks to your course but I now have such a clear understanding of so many systems that I once only dreamed of understanding! Thank you!!!! 

Hermann Gonzalez

Hi Michael, I took the exam 3 weeks after your class, and I found out on Christmas that I passed! Better yet, that means I’m done with all of my exams!! I hope all is well and thank you for a great class! I found it to be a very valuable and enjoyable experience.

Scott Fallick

Michael!!! I passed BS!!! I can’t believe it!!! I can’t thank you enough. I LOVED your course! Not only did it help to get me to pass but it was really fun to watch. I went to grad school for user experience and learned a lot about graphics, font, and how to present information in a clear way so I appreciated every second of those videos and how much work they took to make. I was admiring the font the whole time. I’m going to post on the NCARB Facebook page right now about how much I loved your product.  Also, do you really have another series coming out in the fall for BCBS? If so, I might leave that exam for last. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are such a good teacher!!!

Courtney Rombough

I passed, thanks to your videos.  I had been unsuccessfully studying for months, desperately trying to memorize the concepts of mechanical heating and cooling and electricity to no avail.  Then, I spent 28 hours with the Amber videos and book and passed!  Whoopie!

I thoroughly credit Micheal Ermann and easy-to-comprehend and interesting videos.

Alexis Knepp

Hi Mike –Happy new year! I’ve been slammed since getting back to work after the holidays, but wanted to drop you a line and let you know that my Christmas present came early – I found out on 12/24 that I passed the Systems exam. Many thanks for the great workshop – it prepared me very well for the exam, but probably more importantly, gave me a fundamental understanding of many concepts that I’d never really grasped in systems class in school. That will be useful for the rest of my career, and I thank you for that.


Christian Mueller

Your seminar was instrumental in giving me the knowledge and confidence to pass the Building Systems exam back in March. I’m very grateful to this day.

Ryan Coffield

Just referred a friend to sign up for your building systems seminar this weekend! I told him how helpful your human diagrams were in understanding hvac and other concepts! It sure did help me pass the exam!! Anyways, thanks for doing these seminars!

Krista Bennett

I only used your class as my study material and felt very well prepared to take the test. It’s been almost 15 years since I graduated from College and I feel that your class taught me the cliff notes version of everything I should have learned in school but was never taught or forgot since then.  I’d recommend your course to anyone attempting to take the BS portion of the exam.  It was great! Just wish I would have had a teacher like Michael when I was in school!

Laura Michela

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