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

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.






Alright…I got my PASS today! You have a proven system, I took a leap and trusted it against my better judgement and saved weeks of studying and stressful worry! Thanks!!!

Rachel Johnson






Hi Michael, Just wanted to say thanks again for all your efforts the past couple days in teaching the seminar.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was incredible what you were able to communicate so quickly and patiently.  I am better off as an architect having taken your class. I wish that I could’ve had a chance to have you as a professor.  

Katrina Nguyen






I got my PASS!  The Ermann videos are fun to watch and they cut study time in half.  The videos very well organized and make understanding the study materials and concepts a LOT easier.  I recommend anybody studying for the Building Systems exam to watch these videos.  You’ll feel a lot more confident going into the exam after watching these videos and working the problems.  Two thumbs up! 

E. Martinez






A very many thanks to the Amber Team for the excellent study material.  I took the test on the 23rd, and received my pass results a few hours ago.  Prior to seeking out the online seminar, I read through Ballast section for Building Systems, and was confident that I was NOT going to be able to understand all the MEP content without a bit more explanation.  I’d say a third of the test was covered in the seminar, a third i was able to use work experience and deductive reasoning based on the seminar to answer, and the other third i just guessed.  I was definitely over prepared for the math portions, and that made me feel good. I’m glad to now have a much better understanding. Thank you again for everything.  It’s so hard to find good study material for the ARE, and I hope others continue to benefit from your work!

Jessica Hughes Bennett






…And it’s a” big fat PASS”!! Thank you so much Mr. Ermann for making the awesome AMBER videos. You cut straight into the topics very smoothly and precisely. This was my retake and I should say your videos helped me to approach the multiple choice questions differently this time (well I actually was able to answer the question before even looking at the choices). These videos has not only helped me to pass this division but also developed interest in building systems. I highly recommend your seminar for all those who would like to pass this division on their first try without stressing out.

Sujeetha Bharath






I can’t tell you how helpful it is to have thoughtfully designed study aids. I don’t think my BS class in university was nearly this good. I will be sure to recommend the [online] course to my peers.  I passed! Another mark for your score card! Will recommend you to my peers!

Sarah H.






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