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
Hard copy (No video)

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

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

I received the results from my BS exam yesterday. I feel that the exam prep class and good participation by all of the students greatly helped me achieve my PASS-ing grade. Thanks Michael and everyone.

Brett Hutchinson

I attended the class in NYC. My results were a pass, so you can put another one on the board. Thanks again, and I will recommend your class to colleagues.

Daniel Rogers

I took the exam on the Wednesday following the seminar. I had not studied at ALL before your class, so I only studied the Monday and Tuesday after the class. I credit my entire pass to your class. I really felt you helped me UNDERSTAND the concepts rather than memorize them. Which was your goal as I recall. Funny, when I was taking the exam, I was thinking “I must have gotten an easy one, this is not that bad!”


I really enjoyed your class! I took the exam this Monday. I felt really confident on the electrical, plumbing, acoustic, lighting and HVAC questions.

Christian Ricci

Your seminar ROCKS! It’s amazing how you can explain everything in such simple way. I highly recommended it to all my friends and colleagues that are going through the same process. [Then one month later. . . ]Just got my pass letter yesterday. I am glad that I took your seminar, which really was the best thing I did to prepare for this exam.

Fang Kuei-Chen

I just wanted to send you a quick email and let you know that I took the Building Systems Exam on March 5th and just recently heard back that I passed it!! I’m pretty excited about this and so glad that I don’t have to take that beast of an exam over again. I took your seminar in NYC in early January so I simply wanted to say “Thank you!!”

Deanna Buckman

I took your ARE Building Systems Seminar in New York early this year. I took the test in mid February– my third try and the last exam. I received the pass letter this week. I couldn’t have put things together without attending your class. Thank you very much.


I took your Building Systems class in January at the Center for Architecture and I wanted to drop you a quick line and let you know that I passed! Thank you again for coming to NYC to teach. I really learned a lot in the class and I feel that I have a much better understanding of Building Systems overall (not just in relation to the ARE).

Jessica Sheridan

After failing the Building Systems code section I felt I needed to boost my confidence before a second attempt. Michael’s seminar was a great review on the major topics of the exam. Two weeks after the seminar I retook the exam and this time I passed! Thanks for coming to New York City!

Carolyn M.

I passed!!!! Thanks for the great course.

Rosa Maria Colina

I took the exam yesterday, and I think it went well. Thank you for the wonderful sessions this past weekend- your explanations were extremely helpful and I felt that the class as a whole was fantastic and exactly what I needed. Again, your class was priceless for me. I wish I lived closer to VT so I could sign up for some of your classes, as I find the material extremely interesting, and the way you teach it makes me want to learn more (I am even conducting an experiment with a container of water sitting on top of our refrigerator…measuring how much water evaporates each day-I’m having a blast!)

Ismini Naos

Thanks again for the 3 day seminar. I have to compliment you on your teaching style. I’ve been working 13 hour days for the pass week and going to work after your class as well. And I didn’t fall asleep. I think that says a lot.

Andrew Williams

I did PASS!! 
This was my 4th time taking BS – What a relief – as it was my last exam. I am now licensed in New York! In my opinion, your seminar was excellent in that it focused on drilling the main concepts behind BS and not the misc. details of the very broad subject matter. I only wish I was fortunate enough to have studied BS from your perspective as a student. Many thanks again for your seminar! I left feeling empowered to do better work, and push the boundaries that so much of the Industry seems “stuck” in.

Andrea Zaff

I took the exam not too long after the seminar and passed it. The class was great – I think you had the balance just right. The diagrams you sketched were incredibly useful.

Elizabeth Emerson

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