ARE PcM: Exam Prep, Quiz & Resources

ARE PcM

If you’re preparing for the Architecture Registration Exam 5.0 Practice Management (ARE PcM) this is your one stop shop.  While studying for the exams, a huge hassle was finding all the right resources.  This is a place you can come to find a list of resources for the exam.  If you have any additional resources, leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list.

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ARE PcM Books & Literature

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To help guide you I’ve located [$] below for any links that lead to paid resources.
[$] means less than $50
[$$]  means between $50 and $100
[$$$] means over $100

General Exam Resources
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NCARB Recommended References for the ARE PcM

NCARB ARE Handbook [Free] – An overview of what is tested on each of the ARE 5.0 divisions.
The American Institute of Architects Official Guide to the 2007 AIA Contract Documents
 [$$$] – “Using this book I actually found the entire topic [of contracts] engaging and I now have another level of depth concerning the profession of architecture. I read this book cover to cover and I am now enlightened in way I was previously not. Much to my surprise the content is interesting, well organized and clear. I will use this book as a professional resource for the rest of my career.” [Also Recommend for: PjM, CE]
The Architect’s Guide to Small Firm Management: Making Chaos Work for Your Small Firm [$$] – This book “offers organizational strategies perfect for any small firm in any economy. From the lifecycle of a small firm and scenario planning to building a ‘learning’ based organization that cultivates creativity and problem-solving thinking, this is a top pick for any business or arts library, offering concrete assessments based on knowledge of the architectural industry.”
The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice [$$$] – “This book is monstrously huge and covers every possible area of architectural firm operations to a significant extent. The problem is this is all very, very dry and academic information. You’ll read about all the things you’ll find in any other academic text on business – the academic way to do finance, the academic way to run projects, etc. This book takes no risks, violates no norms, and spells things out exactly as you would learn it from a professor or textbook.” [Also Recommend for: PjMPPD, PDD]
BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice [$$] – “The first book devoted to the subject of how BIM affects individuals and organizations working within the ever-changing construction industry, this book discusses the implementation of BIM software as a cultural process with a focus on the technology’s impact and transformative effect. [Also Recommend for: PjM]
Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct [Free] – As Architects we have to understand our obligations to the public, client, and profession.  The AIA code of ethics helps us navigate through some of the nuances of that balancing act.
Law for Architects: What You Need to Know [$] – “I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a a well-rounded understanding of the prevailing legal concepts in the field of architecture.”
Professional Practice: A Guide to Turning Designs into Buildings [$] – “A precise and vivid account of the complex process by which buildings come to be designed and realized through the progressive interaction of clients, architects, contractors, and a wide range of technical and legal specialists, this is destined to be of equal pertinence to any of the protagonists commonly involved in the act of making buildings.” [Also Recommend for: PAPjM]
Rules of Conduct [Free] – General rules for how an architect should practice architecture.  Basically, the dos and don’ts of the architect’s role.

Video Playlist on ARE PcM

Online Resources & Downloads for the ARE Practice Management Exam

ARE PcM ExamCode of Ethics and Professional Conduct [Free] – As Architects we have to understand our obligations to the public, client, and profession.  The AIA code of ethics helps us navigate through some of the nuances of that balancing act.
Rules of Conduct [Free] – General rules for how an architect should practice architecture.  Basically, the dos and don’ts of the architect’s role.

Ask questions on NCARB’s ARE 5.0 page.

Have any additional resources for the ARE PcM?  Leave them in the comments below!

12 Comments

  1. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    Nice post

  2. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  3. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  4. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  5. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  6. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  7. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  8. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  9. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  10. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  11. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  12. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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