Firm licenses offer seats to a firm allowing the firm’s emerging professionals to access the Amber Book online animated video course, hardcopy workbook, and searchable case-study pdf. The cost to the firm is $190 per month per seat, discounted from $390 per month the enrollee would pay if signed up as an individual. Seats come in baskets of three, so firms can purchase three seats, six seats, nine seats, and so forth. To be clear, we are closer to a full ARE 5.0 university course aimed at licensure than we are to a normative study resource aimed at the next division.


The firm pays for one year up front, and we guarantee you’ll love the course; you can cancel anytime if you’re not thrilled and we’ll refund the rest of your year. Email online@amber-book.com to start.


Whether it is to move up the online firm rankings, groom the next cohort to lead the firm, provide licensure as a service to your design professionals for staff recruitment and retention, get folks through the tortured exam process more efficiently so they can spend more time in billable hours, or make better architecture . . . .you want architects to become licensed more quickly, and we can help because we’ve helped over 5,000 emerging professionals study for these exams. We’re sure we offer the highest likelihood of passing in the least amount of time studying, because 500 people have written to us, unsolicited, and told us so. Plus, our course is fun.


None (other than storage of the Amber Book workbooks at your office(s)).


  1. To work with you, beginning right now, to get as many firm architects licensed in the shortest amount of time. We are not study material for the next exam division, but rather a comprehensive, animated, high-quality course with expedited licensure as the goal. If you are not thrilled with the course, we’ll refund your firm license fee. (Talk to those in your firm who have already completed the Amber Book program. . . . you’ll be thrilled with the course.)
  2. To provide the Amber Book online video course to the firm’s employees. If the firm purchased, for instance, six seats, then up to six employees at a time will have access to the course. Simply have the course participant email online@amber-book.com with a preferred course start date and we’ll take care of everything else.
  3. To provide hardcopy books to each location of the firm, as required. If you forget to tell us you are out of books, that’s not a problem. We will mail a hard copy directly to the course enrollee and a new batch of hard copies for the office to store.
  4. To keep a running list of those waiting to enroll. Each enrollee will have access to the course for three months. If they need an additional three months’ access, they’ll email us and we’ll get them in the queue (if there is no queue, they can renew and start their second three-month stint right away). If an enrollee has completed the course and no longer needs access to it, they can let us know and we’ll open up a spot for a new enrollee. If the queue gets long, we’ll alert you and you can choose to purchase an additional three-pack of licenses at a pro-rated cost. If we see a pattern of empty course seats, we’ll alert you and the firm can choose to purchase fewer baskets of seats next year. If this sounds complicated, it’s not: If there are seats available, then design staff can enroll right away. If there are not, they wait in the line until there are seats available.


I was the first person in the nation to pass all six ARE 5.0 divisions, and I’ve worked with thousands who are taking these tests, including intensive three-day courses at AIA New York, AIA Miami, AIA Dallas, AIA Houston, AIA Raleigh, AIA Northern Virginia, AIA New Mexico, AIA Alaska, and AIA Washington DC (more than one thousand total have completed my in-person courses). I’ve partnered with AIA National to provide AIA members access to my online course; I have 17 years as a full-time university professor; and I know more about this test, and how people study for it, than probably anyone in the world. So even if you are not interested in purchasing a firm license, use me as a resource in crafting your firm’s approach to licensure and learning because I live this stuff. I can be reached at ermann@amber-book.com.