Upcoming A.R.E. Building Systems Prep Seminars

Professor Michael Ermann holds A.R.E. Building Systems Prep Seminars. Below is a list of the upcoming seminars.

The 3-day seminar is comprehensive and it is expected that with some reading most participants will be ready to take the exam itself within two weeks of the seminar. Rather than initiating studying, this class REPLACES studying for most people. The program includes extensive content introduction and review, a group session dedicated to practicing the vignette, practice vignette grading, and the Amber Book study guide and practice exam. The schedule for seminars:

Day 1: Thermal comfort, pyschrometrics, heat transfer, thermal resistance*, infiltration and ventilation, climate, solar geometry, passive heating, active heating, passive cooling, air conditioning*, air distribution*, HVAC concepts*, overall strategies for studying, practice exam.

Day 2: Plumbing*, power*, electric lighting*, air quality, daylighting, room acoustics, noise control, practice exam.

Day 3: Vignette group practice*, content wrap-up.

* =in-depth coverage of a topic


July 07, 2017 - July 09, 2017

New York,

536 LaGuardia St New York,


Registration happens through AIA New York at http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=10580.

July 07, 2017 - July 16, 2017

New York, New York

536 LaGuardia PlaceNew York, New York


Over two three day weekends (July 7-9 and July 14-16) we will cover all the content most people need to take both ARE 5.0 exams needed for the five-exam-shortcut, the one that has you taking three exams in the ARE 4.0 format and two exams in the ARE 5.0 format (see the transition calculator at https://arecalc.ncarb.org/). Registration happens at http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=10586

July 14, 2017 - July 16, 2017

New York, New York

536 LaGuardia Place New York, New York


Registration happens through AIA New York AT http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=10583.

June 09, 2018 - June 17, 2018

NY, LA, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Atlanta, Miami, Houst,

NY, LA, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Atlanta, Miami, Houst,

Tuition: 395/mo for six months


No studying or knowledge of the exam necessary. . . . We’ll take care of everything and work to take you form zero to licensed as quickly as humanly possible. Here’s how it will work: 1. we study for two straight four-day weekends 2. you take all six ARE 5.0 exams over the next six days 3. You retain access to all my ARE 5.0 videos for the next six months so you can study for two rounds of re-tests on any exams you don’t pass. You will not need to do any studying before my classes begin. The goal is to be licensed after zero or one round of retakes (3 weeks to three months total time). If you are busy, this is for you. If you are looking to attain the highest likelihood of passing in the fewest total hours studying, this is for you. If you don’t know where to begin and are overwhelmed, this is for you. If you want to know exactly when the class will be, this is probably not for you, because I’ll wait until I get enough interest in one city before opening up registration. If you want to put your name on the mailing list so that when I come to your city, I’ll send you an email to let you know how to sign up, email us at online@amber-book.com (and let us know which city). When I get a sufficiently large group of interested people from one city, I’ll book a classroom and you can join us. Putting your name on our mailing list obligates you to nothing.