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Hi Michael, I wanted to say thank you for the seminar. It was awesome. It gave me the courage and confidence to take it!  6 people from my office took the seminar and passed with your seminar plus a week or two of study time.

Gia Zapattini

Hey Prof & team – I appeared for the exam on the 6th of april and found out recently that i passed it – yayyyyyyy!!!!!! SUPER stoked!. Overall I took your advice on not studying any other material – other than the MEEB diagrams and the NCARB guide – and watching the lectures a couple times (picked up alot more information on the second time) along with taking extensive notes. Your way of teaching and explaining every concept to its basic details really works – along with your way of encouragement where i was able to feel confident about knowing much more than i thought i did – esp after having failed building systems twice before. I just wanted to send a thank you note as this was my third time appearing for the exam and this time around i felt like i could really pull from the concepts you had covered in the lectures – and have a logic to follow – this is invaluable to me. I am an over-studier and i feel that this is not the correct approach for building systems. From my experience what i have noticed is that studying one particular source – in my case the Amber course – is MUCH better than pouring over Kaplan + Ballast + MEEB + any other resource out there – as this just ended up confusing me on the day of the exam the first two times. Onto BDCS and Schematic design for me!Thanks once again! Hope others see my post and are able to turn to your course for much needed understanding of the concepts behind Building systems – as i am sure that this has not only helped me pass my exam (which was priority for me) but also that i’ll be able to utilize all this information in practice too.


Dear Amber Team, Just want to let you know that I have passed the BS division.  The online videos and the amber book are all very helpful. Thanks a lot!

Eddie Chou

I just wanted to say thanks, I got my pass today.  Your videos are very informative and easy to grasp.  Wish you had them for all of the exams but I thank you for putting this one together. Thanks again.

Chris Taglich

Hey Michael, I just wanted to let you know I found out today that I passed my BS ARE! Only Schematics left! Thank you so much for holding the prep course, it helped so much!

Nathan Williams

Hi Michael, I was in the class you gave in DC earlier this month. Let me first thank you again for taking the time to put together and give this seminar. It was a great refresher class and the visual aid were very helpful. It is without a doubt the best class I have ever attended and you probably are the best teacher I have ever had.

Valery Tessier

Hello, I took my exam on March 19th and got my pass result on March 26th.  I watched your video once, did the NCARB exam and then watched your video again, pausing a lot and rewinding the videos. I’m a mother to an 11-months baby. Without your video, it would have been  impossible for me to study for 4 weeks and then pass the exam. So just wanted to say thanks.

Michelle Asadies

PASS!!! Thanks, your seminar was awesome!!!

Yoosook Lee

Michael Er”THE”mann – thank you! Your videos…priceless.  I must admit I compared the price at first to that nice spring coach bag in Macy’s but finding out I just passed my last exam couldn’t compare:-) When I first took this exam I used the same materials that have been suggested  MEEB, this study guide that study guide which lead me to a place of being overwhelmed and as a result I failed with flying colors.   That’s when I purchased the Amber online seminar.  If you are looking for a concise, straight to the point, organized study session THIS IS IT!  The videos and explanations were on point.  As a visual person there were several times in the exam I would mentally just recall the animated pictures. The vidoes are professionally made and top notch.  There are times in the videos where you use live examples to explain how things  work.  Like one instance you show what each light  does to a colored sheet and after seeing it I was able to understand and get it.   I would recommend this seminar to anyone who wants to study and pass in 3 weeks.  I did exactly what he said watch the videos for three weeks and take the exam right away.  I took my exam day 22!  And now I have my license number and NCARB certificate :-)I’m not sure how long it took you to make those videos (and the Mech one was super effective) but I thank you! Sincerely, Andrea Henderson, now Miss. Licensed Architect 🙂

Andrea Henderson

Michael, Just wanted to write and let you know that I PASSED the BS Exam! Your class was indispensable. Your strategy for the vignette was spot on, and made things go a lot faster in the exam. If all of the classes had that level of quality, that you put into it, life would be a lot better!

Dave Robertson

Michael, wanted to let you know that I passed the test. Even if I hadn’t, the clarity that the seminar provided on electricity and mechanical systems would have been worth it alone.  Thanks again! I had a coordination meeting this week where we were talking about all the available power in the building, and how a new 4000 amp circuit is half allocated before we’ve even touched the new project. It was great to follow and understand the conversation!

Whitney Ludvik

 I wanted to share that with the help of your online seminar, I passed my Building Systems Exam.  With the overwhelming amount of info to study for this exam, the videos do a great job of conveying the right amount of info to pass.  I would recommend anyone taking the exam to take the online seminar.  Thanks again for putting these videos together.  The production value was solid and they were great at keeping your attention.  I wish there were videos like this for every section of the ARE.  

Josh Johnson

Enjoyed the videos and found the questions to be very helpful from the workbook. They really require you to analyze the information from the perspective of concepts and organization. I highly recommend the Amber course! It really helps visualize the most important concepts and gives you the confidence you need to succeed in passing this exam!

Hayley RuthRauff

Hi Michael, I passed! I just wanted to let you know:)  This was my last ARE exam and now I am all done. Your [online video] class I think was just the ticket I needed to get me the Pass. I ended up going through your videos 2x since the first time I paused a lot to jot down notes and sketches. I learn better with sketching. The second time I just listened. I reviewed all my notes and your book 3x. I think by you showing images, experiments and sample questions it helped me formulate the concepts in 360. In addition your graphics were much more relatable to what is on the test versus what is in the other books. Especially for mechanical systems. Thanks again!

Danielle Meyers

Hi, just want to say thank you for the Building Systems seminar.  I know you get a lot of these emails, but feel that I should make sure I express my gratitude for the online seminar.  I took the exam immediately after the course and passed.  Had struggled with the material for months so I can honestly say I don’t think I would have passed without it. Thank you!

Andrea J.