ARE 5.0 Path to Licensure

ARE 5.0 Bundle

The Amber Book

The Amber Book

Hard Copy

Upcoming Live Seminars

Firm Licenses

(Now Available)

Online Seminar


Info and Tips

Study Tips

I really enjoyed your lecture last weekend. It was extremely informative and I am recommending it to all my friends for next year when you come.

Stephen Darre

Michael, I Passed! The seminar prepared me with a good foundation for the exam. I finished both sections with around 30% of my time left to review my answers. I felt that the approach to solving the exam questions was supported by your study method and content. I am especially grateful for the “Amber Protocol” approach to the vignette. I practiced using your system several times to get a handle on how to most quickly solve the vignette, and streamline my process and to develop a sort of muscle memory with the software. The methods used for solving the vignette efficiently with the Amber protocol can also be applied to a certain extent in everyday practice. I’m glad I took your seminar. Thank You!

Michele McIntosh

Michael, Just wanted to let you know that I think I did great on my exam on Monday. I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but I will be shocked and devastated if I didn’t pass. Thank you so much for your fantastic seminar. It was not only an enjoyable experience, it ingrained the concepts and fundamentals to where I feel like I’ll never forget them. I’m having our ARE coordinator send out a firm-wide email highly recommending your seminar.

Will Clinton

Michael, I have no words to thank you . . . This seminar is really energizing and full of useful information for the students. I’ll definately let you know how it goes and I will definitely spread the news of your seminar…it is OUTSTANDING!!! Thanks again, it was a real pleasure to having met such a creative mind.

Roxana ORourke

Thank you for taking the time and effort to come to Dallas. I will recommend your seminar to ANYBODY that I hear is preparing for this section of the ARE. it’s a must! We need more teachers like you, people that are not only brilliant on their fields, but that are also commited to pass along knowledge in innovative ways. Can’t thank you enough.

Mauricio Rojas

Prof. Ermann, I was a student in your seminar in March and couldn’t be more happy to tell you that I passed the Building Systems exam. After taking your seminar I truly felt 100% confident that I was ready to sit for the exam. I practiced the tricks for the vignette and reviewed the topics you told us to review in class but other than that I didn’t study day and night. When I sat for the exam I visualized some of the concepts you showed us in the seminar and it really helped me…I even drew some of them on the scratch paper. I want to thank you for encouraging me to take your seminar. I truly believe that it cut my studying time, the stress of studying, and the anxiety of sitting for this exam in half. I had 100% confidence going into this exam which I have never felt on any of the other exams I have taken. This was my last exam so I was thrilled to receive the PASS letter and receive notification from the state that I am officially licensed. Thank you for helping me complete that chapter in my career and start the next one as a licensed architect.

Casey Dowgiert

Hi Michael, I just got my BS result and it is a PASS and I am done! I just want to thank you for a great seminar. I will definitely recommend you to others. You are simply awesome!

Karin Yang

Michael, I just wanted to drop you a note and say that I passed. I hadn’t studied at all for Bldg Sys before your seminar on March 8-10. But I felt so confident coming out of it that I scheduled the exam for March 18. Your class was extremely helpful. Anyway, thank you for your help. I’m studying for the last exam right now. Almost done!

Pete Garofalo

Michael, I took my exam 2 weeks after your course and just got my results that I passed. Your course covered 70% of my questions. I thought I could have failed this part but passed. Thank you again for your course and assistance in passing my exam.

Tammy Davis

Michael, I did pass the ARE Building Systems portion of the Exam. I would like to thank you for the seminar, and for the presentation of an enormous volume of material in a clear, concise, and engaging manner. Your explanations of the compression/ refrigeration cycle, HVAC system types, and the differences between single-phase and three-phase electrical services explained these processes more clearly than any other presentation or illustration I have come across, both in my education and in almost 20 years of construction project management and architecture. The vignette tutorial was most helpful in avoiding the very simple mistakes that can cause an otherwise qualified individual from a passing the Building Systems Exam. I have, and will continue to recommend your seminar to everyone preparing for the Building Systems Exam.

Brad Evans

Michael, I just took the exam yesterday and I am happy because I didn’t think it was that bad compared to when I first took it. The exam was very straight forward and your class definitely helped me tremendously!! Your class was extremely valuable and it seemed like some of our discussions we focused on was directly on the test! The calculations on the power point presentation was very helpful to prepare me for the type of calculations on the test. The first time I took the test I couldn’t finish the exam and this time I had a little time to check things over.

Dena Spiro-Penna

Professor Ermann, I Just wanted to let you know I passed the BS ARE exam. I really enjoyed the seminar and just wanted to say thank you for providing such an exceptional learning experience. I think this was actually my favorite exam to study for, in particular the heat transfer and air infiltration aspects as i do a lot of envelope detailing in my office. Your seminar helped boil down a large amount of material into clear and concise concepts which was a massive help when undertaking this particular test.

David Moore

I just received my pass letter in the mail last night. Your seminar was a huge help, and demystified a lot of topics for me. Beyond the test, it’s been a real professional benefit. I’m already recommending your next seminar to all of my coworkers! Thanks so much!

Scott Hines

I just received my Building Systems score today, and I passed! Looking back, I think your seminar gave me a solid understanding of the fundamentals for HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing, and also basically everything I needed to know for the exam about Lighting. Thanks for a great class. I can tell you really love teaching, and I’ve been recommending the class to anyone who will listen.

Alanna Talty

This [Youtube “how air conditioning works” animation series] is SOOO GOOD, exponentially better than anything else I’ve seen. Amazing, this is how great teaching is done. Beautiful!

Youtube viewer