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

Professor Ermann, Just found out today that I passed the BS exam! Your seminar helped me destroy the vignette and understand it far more than what I have been seeing people ask online. It was actually a HUGE confidence boost going into the exam. Thanks again! I have recommended your class to a few people on the ARE forum, and will post something over at ARE Coach as well. Thanks again for the great class!

Michael Frew

Michael, Just wanted to write and let you know that I PASSED the BS Exam! Your class was indispensable. Your strategy for the vignette was spot on, and made things go a lot faster in the exam.

Dave Robertson

Hi Michael, I wanted to let you know that I did pass the exam. Thank you so much!!

Juan Marmolejo

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I previously had taken the BS exam and failed the questions section. I found out about your course through my local AIA. I watched all of the videos over a 5 day period, took the exam two days after completing the course AND I PASSED! This was by far the best resource I have found for ANY exam. I wish you had a video series for every exam! Thank you again. I will tell anyone who will listen to utilize your course

John Rezsonya

I passed! Thank you! Thank you.

Julie Russell

Michael, I wanted to let you know that I passed the Building Systems exam on my first try after taking your Houston, Texas seminar. I did not study for it before the seminar and took the exam on the following Monday. I just got my score back this morning. Thanks again. It was a great seminar. I will recommend it to everyone preparing for their exam.

Rob Bradford

I passed! Found out Tuesday. I took the exam Friday the 26th (week after the seminar). Thank you again for a great seminar. I thought you covered everything very well in relation to the test questions given. I have already been raving about the seminar to friends/ colleagues in Charlotte. A few of which are planning to purchase the online version.

C. Derek Boesch

I just received my PASS results for my building systems exam! I couldn’t have done it without the online seminar. I am forever grateful, thank you for everything! Now onto Structures! This was the exam I was most nervous about and I passed on my first try.  I am recommending your course to all of my friends who have failed the exam before, or who have yet to take it.

Gina Grillo

Just want to thank you for the excellent seminar you gave us this past weekend. The interactive demonstrations were priceless, it will be hard to forget them for a while. 

Nagib Madi

Michael, A belated thanks for the great seminar. I’m happy to report that I took the exam 5 days after your seminar and passed the test. I very much enjoyed your seminar. Thanks for making this material interesting and enjoyable.


Michael, Thanks for a great seminar it was awesome and the test now seems a ton less daunting! 

Ryan Campbell

Hi Michael, Just wanted to convey the good news — I passed!  The class was invaluable and I’ll recommend it to anyone I can.

Laura Carter

Hi! I just wanted to send a quick thank you note – I PASSED the building systems exam on the 26th. I actually failed my first attempt at this exam (darn vignette!). The online course definitely helped me focus and feel much calmer going in to both portions of the exam. Thank you for this service! I will definitely be recommending to any colleagues that have this hurdle left. 


Michael, I took the Building Systems test a week ago, and got my Pass notification today. The seminar was very helpful, and I greatly appreciate it! I’m also recommending it to anyone who cares to read my recommendations. The most important thing, though, is that I not only enjoyed the seminars, but they helped me pass. Thanks again.

Andy Olson

Hey Prof & team – I appeared for the exam on the 6th of April and found out recently that i passed it – yayyyyyyy!!!!!! SUPER stoked!. Overall I took your advice on not studying any other material – other than the MEEB diagrams and the NCARB guide – and watching the lectures a couple times (picked up alot more information on the second time) along with taking extensive notes. Your way of teaching and explaining every concept to its basic details really works – along with your way of encouragement where i was able to feel confident about knowing much more than i thought i did – esp after having failed building systems twice before. I just wanted to send a thank you note as this was my third time appearing for the exam and this time around i felt like i could really pull from the concepts you had covered in the lectures – and have a logic to follow – this is invaluable to me. Onto BDCS and Schematic design for me! Thanks once again!


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