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

Michael, Before I took the class, I had found it very difficult to prioritize the study material. I felt overwhelmed by all the charts and the wide range of subjects. The large number of graphs obscured any understanding I could have of the concepts. It was intimidating. The best part about the material as you covered it was that it suddenly became accessible, the fundamentals were clear and the way concepts were represented in the charts, graphs and formulas was finally evident. Thanks again! I am so glad I took the class, I have confidence I would not have had otherwise. Thank you, Michael!

Fé Rodríguez Márquez






Hi Michael, I was one of the lucky souls who attended your seminar a few months ago in New Orleans. I just wanted to follow up and thank you. About five years ago I had taken all the sections and passed all but one. I had been putting off retaking Building Systems for all the wrong reasons. It wasn’t until I saw that you were coming to New Orleans that I realized it was time to get back on the horse. Your seminar restored my confidence and your recommendation to take the exam immediately was the right call. I passed. I’m certain I would have not passed without your guidance and advice. I can’t thank you enough. Keep up the exceptional work. Your students are in excellent hands.

Steven Arroyo






Michael,I took and PASSED the Building Systems exam just prior to the ARE black-out period. Thank you so much! (I took your weekend seminar in NYC.) Your seminar was a real inspiration, and a pleasure to sit through on a summer weekend. From that day forward, I will always begin all design work with a passive strategy in mind. I really appreciated the “questions to ask your engineer” portion of your lectures. After working in this field for over 20 years and feeling jaded, your seminar refreshed my batteries and inspired me to keep pursuing new design knowledge. Hope all is well, and thanks again!

Manny Machado






Hi Michael! Hope you are doing well and enjoying summer. I just wanted to thank you again for teaching the BS seminar! I passed the exam, and know it was largely because of the your amazing seminar and the Amber book! I really can’t thank you enough.

Chloe Csadenyi-Benson






Hi Prof Ermann, I received the PASS letter a few days ago. The AMBER Book and your seminar was EXTREMELY helpful. Looking back, I really enjoyed your seminar. Your explanations and enthusiasm (and skillful teaching) on these so called mundane MEP topics was infectious. I never thought Building Systems would have any lasting impression but I truly have a new found appreciation for it. Thank you for your dedication to teaching.

Margaret Kim






Hello Michael, My name is Francis Sun and I attended your BS class in New Orleans in early June. I am happy to let you know that I passed the BS exam. I received my letter yesterday. I want to thank you for all your help. Your class helped me out immensely. I will definitely pass on the information regarding your class to my colleagues who are in the process of the exam. Again thank you.

Francis Sun






Hi Michael, I am happy to report to you that I passed the Building Systems exam. I took the exam 3 weeks after your seminar in Dallas. I am positive that your Building Systems seminar played a huge role in that success. Thank you very much for traveling around the country and teaching the Building Systems topics in such a simple and fun, but eye-opening way. I also thoroughly enjoyed your brief presentations at the beginning of each class and to start the afternoon sessions after lunch. Even though the seminar is described as an exam prep course, your thorough knowledge on the subjects and excellent teaching skills have ingrained the topics and concepts to where I feel like I will never forget them. I have recommended your seminar to 2 other colleagues and will do the same to anyone needing the take to Building Systems Exam. With Genuine Appreciation,

David McMillin






I passed my test. Thanks for a great seminar. I mentally walked through some of our stand up exercises at least once when answering the questions. It helped.

Christie Echols






Hi Michael, I attended your lecture in SoCal a few weeks back and just found out that I passed the exam! Your lecture was very helpful!

Jason Herber






Michael, I took my exam on 6/14/13 and just found out that I passed!!!! Thank you for the seminar. I found your lectures to be full of relevant content delivered in an interesting and entertaining way. I appreciate all you do for us prospective architects. I now have the California Supplemental Exam to tackle. Thanks again.

Ben Packard






Hi Michael, I just returned from BS exam: Your seminar helped me immensely to understand the concepts of HVAC, Electrical and Lighting. It is unfortunate that there are so many strategies expressed out there for the vignette. Yours is time efficient and limits confusion. Very helpful-Thanks!

Kait Gish






Michael! I took my exam last Saturday and it was a BREEZE! It was so easy, I started to feel a little bad for the guys who designed the test! Overall, I am glad I had the opportunity to take your seminar- it was a good refresher and a huge help! You are the “Tesla of Building Systems Pedagogy.” I hope all is well in Blacksburg! Enjoy your summer!

Stephen Bergeron






Hello Michael, I passed my BS exam!!! I had failed it three times before, and your class gave me the confidence and knowledge to pass! I want to thank you very much, for all the words of advice you gave. Taking the exam as soon as possible is instrumental. I took it two weeks after the course and if I could have I would have scheduled it sooner. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!

Bruno Santos






Mr. Ermann, I finished both parts of the exam (questions and vignette) with time to spare. I am happy to let you know that I PASSED this section. I do not think this would have been possible without your very thorough review course. Thank you so much for all of your help.

Robyn Johnston






Hey Michael – Just got my results and I passed it! 2 exams left. Thanks for the great seminar, really felt like it gave me the confidence in how to approach the exam and not get obsessed with all the millions of things that we have to be prepared for.

Natalia Ikemiya






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