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Amber Team, I just wanted to say thank you for such a great series of videos. I passed the Building Systems exam with no difficulty! I believe the videos were a big part of my success. The production values were far and away fantastic compared to other materials out there. I found I really retained the graphics and animations as a reminder of key concepts during the exam– and in my daily practice. And if the Amber Team is at all considering branching out into merchandising, I’d suggest  ‘More cooling, boys…’ emblazoned on t-shirts and coffee mugs. Could be a hit. Thank you once again.

Erin Gallagher

Just took the BS test today and I have to say your videos are spot on. The instruction to use the 6×6 or 8×8 quick method for the vignette lighting is worth the price of the seminar alone.  I left feeling very confident, so thanks for that.  

J. Evers

Hi there, I wanted to reach out and compliment well organized well communicated content of the amber building systems videos. Just received my passing ARE notification. I basically only had time to study the videos/amber book due to work and other life commitments, I’ll be HIGHLY recommending this course to coworkers taking building systems and have already spoken with my office director about reimbursing this course for coworkers taking the building systems exam, and he’s on board. I hope you sell 1,000,000,000 copies! Thanks again.


Jason Ross

And it’s a PASS. Michael, thank you again for such an amazing seminar, not only did I pass my ARE thanks to your course but I now have such a clear understanding of so many systems that I once only dreamed of understanding! Thank you!!!! 

Hermann Gonzalez

Hi Michael, I took the exam 3 weeks after your class, and I found out on Christmas that I passed! Better yet, that means I’m done with all of my exams!! I hope all is well and thank you for a great class! I found it to be a very valuable and enjoyable experience.

Scott Fallick

Michael!!! I passed BS!!! I can’t believe it!!! I can’t thank you enough. I LOVED your course! Not only did it help to get me to pass but it was really fun to watch. I went to grad school for user experience and learned a lot about graphics, font, and how to present information in a clear way so I appreciated every second of those videos and how much work they took to make. I was admiring the font the whole time. I’m going to post on the NCARB Facebook page right now about how much I loved your product.  Also, do you really have another series coming out in the fall for BCBS? If so, I might leave that exam for last. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are such a good teacher!!!

Courtney Rombough

I passed, thanks to your videos.  I had been unsuccessfully studying for months, desperately trying to memorize the concepts of mechanical heating and cooling and electricity to no avail.  Then, I spent 28 hours with the Amber videos and book and passed!  Whoopie!

I thoroughly credit Micheal Ermann and easy-to-comprehend and interesting videos.

Alexis Knepp

Hi Mike –Happy new year! I’ve been slammed since getting back to work after the holidays, but wanted to drop you a line and let you know that my Christmas present came early – I found out on 12/24 that I passed the Systems exam. Many thanks for the great workshop – it prepared me very well for the exam, but probably more importantly, gave me a fundamental understanding of many concepts that I’d never really grasped in systems class in school. That will be useful for the rest of my career, and I thank you for that.


Christian Mueller

Your seminar was instrumental in giving me the knowledge and confidence to pass the Building Systems exam back in March. I’m very grateful to this day.

Ryan Coffield

Just referred a friend to sign up for your building systems seminar this weekend! I told him how helpful your human diagrams were in understanding hvac and other concepts! It sure did help me pass the exam!! Anyways, thanks for doing these seminars!

Krista Bennett

I only used your class as my study material and felt very well prepared to take the test. It’s been almost 15 years since I graduated from College and I feel that your class taught me the cliff notes version of everything I should have learned in school but was never taught or forgot since then.  I’d recommend your course to anyone attempting to take the BS portion of the exam.  It was great! Just wish I would have had a teacher like Michael when I was in school!

Laura Michela

I PASSED!!! I passed it on the first try!!! Thanks to Michael’s’ awesome videos and his teaching method. It helped me tremendously, not only on the exam but also in the real professional practice.

Som Iempinyo

Thank you again for making the seminar available to candidates, the videos were very instrumental to my success. The course was fantastic in the way that it turned dry information into an effective learning experience. The examples were great because it related photographs and demonstrations to building systems and concepts which made it easier to remember the information.

Danny Thai

Found out yesterday I passed Building Systems and am now done with the ARE! Your videos were informative, easy to follow, and much more enjoyable than studying from a book. Thanks again.

Devin Bushey

I passed. I felt I was well prepared for the test. I was very pleased with the videos; they were very good and I don’t know if I could have studied the information in that short of time without them.  They were a pleasure to watch, which is no small accomplishment with some of the subject matter. Thanks again for the great class and I look forward to seeing more good research.

Cody Farris