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

Thank you so much for giving the seminar this weekend. You are really a phenomenal teacher and cleared up a lot of- what i thought would be- tough material. I wish I had you for Building Systems in school! I am feeling very confident about the test, so thanks again.

Sara Murray

A [“How Air Conditioning Works” Youtube] video that explains it in layman’s terms, then expands upon that as it goes. Genius really.

Youtube username Kngpin41

Also wanted to let you know that thanks to you I passed Building Systems!!! I passed on the first attempt after your seminar, and a colleague did too on his third attempt for his last exam, nearing the 5 yr. limit. So great job! I honestly felt like it was a fabulous class. The way you explained exam material made it easy for me to understand concepts I was having trouble comprehending.


Your class was for me certainly the key to passing. I think your explanations of the refrigeration cycle, heat loss and gain, and electrical matters generally (lamp types specifically) were breakthroughs for me in a mass of material that – of all the sections – was least familiar. I also appreciated your insistent emphasis on energy efficiency and new technologies/approached across all of the disciplines. I taught (history of architecture) for some years and have a special appreciation for what it takes – you are an exceptional teacher

Derek Moore

I am happy to report that I just received my pass letter for the building systems exam. I took the exam three weeks after taking your seminar in New Orleans. Just wanted to thank you for all your help! It was a great seminar. I think your seminar was the one thing I did different that allowed me to pass this exam!

Erik Singman

Fantastic [animation]! and the slow-paced narration gives me just enough time to absorb whatever you have explained before introducing the next point! Thank you!

Youtube user “Bonsgunify”

Thank you for hosting a great seminar. I really enjoyed your class. Your format of focused ARE content and variety of teaching methods has helped a great deal in allowing me better understand difficult topics. In addition, the analysis and photos of your recent projects provided visual context for grasping building system principles.

Tim Cruz

I took the exam on 23rd July and received the letter yesterday. It’s a PASS!! I am so happy and relieved. This was a retake for me. Your Prep Seminar in NYC helped immensely in this PASS. Thank you so much for all your help and guidance. I have posted a thread on the forum:–-Passed!!

Saurabh Govekar

I just received my pass letter! Thanks to Michael and to all at the seminar!

Yildiz Duransoy

Thanks for the amazing seminar. I really had no clue of where to start studying for that exam, and your class made a world of a difference. Not only was I prepared enough to pass the exam, but I feel better as a design professional with the building systems information learned. The refresher from this course will really help me make smarter design decisions moving forward.

Julia Ellrod

I wanted to follow up and let you know that I PASSED!! Thank you for taking the time to teach your course. You really helped me to understand what is actually happening with electricity and HVAC systems and not just memorize facts. The conceptual understanding was instrumental! I will absolutely recommend your course to my colleagues.


I just received the good news and am very giddy. PASS! Thanks so much for you informative class and one-of-a kind teaching style. I’ll recommend your class to anyone who will listen.

Shannon Brown

Many thanks for your insightful, engaging, confidence-building, and not to mention, informative, seminar. Using real-world examples for context and the role-playing we did to understand the counter-intuitive concepts of HVAC and electrical was key. Things finally “clicked.” I wish I could go back to school and take one of your courses for a semester!

Jennifer Gurney

Thank you, Michael, and everyone at the seminar. This was actually my 4th try and you guys made it possible for me to pass!


I have passed and it was my final exam!!! It took me 4 years, while working full time and had two children in the meantime. So, the feeling is great as you can imagine! I found your course to extremely helpful and pretty much fundamental to my passing. I enjoyed it very much and felt confident when I went in.

Clementina Ruggieri

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