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

Professor Ermann, I just had to write and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the letter I just got from NCARB…I passed BS!!!!!!!!!!!! This was the last of all my exams and the 3rd time I have taken it. I quit my job the 2nd time to study for it and still failed. This time I was working, had to attend my Grandfather’s funeral out of state in the middle of studying and am 7 months pregnant, but thanks to your course, I finally PASSED!!! To say I am elated is an understatement. Now I can focus on my son who will be arriving shortly and finally call myself a licensed architect!!! And none of that would have been possible without your [online] course and personal guidance. Not only was your seminar interesting and easy to follow, the fact that you personally called me when I had questions blew me away. Thank you again!

Caty Blake






Thanks for your great course.  I would not have understood all the concepts BS covers had I just studied out of standard prep material. I took the exam on Tuesday.   I think the Online Amber Seminar captures around 80% of what we get tested on, Coming back from the exam I realized that it’s not just knowing the material, but understanding it at a “curve ball question proof” level. Thanks again, [then one week later. . . .] I passed!  Everything you claim works.  Unbelievable.

JJ Riestra






Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I passed with flying colors. It was the exam I felt the most confident taking. This online video course was invaluable, especially with all of the animations. I am recommending it to all of my friends who haven’t taken BS yet!

Anita Hsieh






Hello, I would like to say thank you for helping me pass my building systems exam! The videos were very helpful and reinforced the knowledge I would need to pass the exam. I also found the videos very helpful for my practice of architecture in general. The videos also made me excited about learning about the building science. I am much more confident when talking with MEP engineers and I hope to apply some of the principles that I learned in the videos to daily practice. Thanks!!!

Joshua Hogan






Thanks for the videos, I got my pass Today.  I watched them twice and took notes, very helpful!  I doubt I could have absorbed that much information from a book.

Daniel McNamara






Michael, I took your advice, my exam was Sunday and I just got my results today and its a PASS! You are a genius and do a great job of breaking down concepts making them simple. I recommend your ONLINE CLASS to everyone as I pressed rewind when I did not grasp certain concepts. This was my re-take but your class took me to the next level and thanks. This is a proud moment for both of us and your work has not gone in vane. Please continue the good work because us/the ARE Building Systems Candidates need you. THANKS!

Aaron Saunders






Hello Michael, I wanted to let you know that I took the exam and passed! I followed your advice and took it two weeks after your course and a lot stuck. Thank you for the success. One more test for me. You gave me a great basis for understanding the different systems that were on the test. The group diagrams outside stuck in my mind clearly and still do.

Michael Finley






Hi Michael! Just wanted to drop a line about my PASS!!!!!!! Thank you very much for your guidance and encouragement. This was the third time around, but I do believe using your online seminar helped tremendously in finally passing BS. You covered all the content areas, and actually made it fun and engrossing so that I forgot I was studying for an ARE test. I took the test on January 23rd, found out the following Friday, the 30th, that I passed…and then had my 3rd child later that day too! It was my final ARE to officially make me a RA. It was an exciting Friday to say the least! Baby 3 is doing well and we are getting back to a normal schedule. Best wishes with your continued teaching. I think many of us are ever so grateful for your seminar. Thank you again!!!

Lana Smelley






Professor Ermann, I passed my Building Systems exam! Thanks so much for the wonderful [online] course. I wish something like this was available for all of the exam sections – it made studying so much easier and enjoyable, compared to pouring through stacks of books, not knowing if you’re focusing your energy in the right direction. I took your course, peeked at a few notes on communications/security systems, and read over the ADA bathroom dimensions. That was pretty much it. Thanks again for the hard work you’ve put into this resource. I will definitely recommend it to my friends and colleagues who are testing. I’ve got a full time job and couple of little kids – I’m trying to be efficient with this process! I know I’m not the only one. The two week intensive study plan was exactly what worked for me.Only one left, Building Design and Construction Systems!

Michelle Campbell






I received my pass notification today for Building Systems. Thanks for the excellent [online] seminar- I learned so much.

K.V.






I just found out yesterday that I passed! I’m very excited about this and wanted to thank you guys for all of your help. I could not have done it without the [online] seminar.

Matthew Vargas






I wanted to let you know that I passed the Building Systems exam; received my score results this past Friday. It was my last exam and I have officially completed the ARE process! Thank you for providing the Amber Seminar videos on such short notice, essentially two weeks prior to my exam. I got through each video twice and do not think I would have been able to pass without the videos. Thank you!

Yvonne Kolozsvary






I passed!  I had failed it once before I bought your class, so I wanted to do everything I could to pass it the second time around.    Thank you so much for such an entertaining and educational seminar!

Stephen Taul






I have raved about your seminar.  The fact I passed on the first try was all because of you and your course.  I had a professor who was shocked I took it first and passed.  He said it is the most difficult.

Teressa Merck






Hi Michael, I took your Amber Seminar this past November in NYC, took my exam 3 weeks later and passed!!!  This was my first ARE exam and I did not study anything prior to your seminar. I really enjoyed your class and would recommend it to future Building Systems exam takers. Hope you enjoyed the holidays!  Thanks!

Stephanie Francis






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