ARE PcM: Exam Prep, Quiz & Resources


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

ARE Exam Prep PcM
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

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!


  1. Matt123 January 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    You aced the exam because at no point in your life has your brain been deprived of oxygen for 10 plus minutes. Seriously. That’s about the only way to fail.
    I took mine last year and after all the reading online I was scared. I bought practice tests, books, did hours of reading and studying.

    All this mess about the questions have several answers is a lie. EVERY SINGLE ONE of my questions had 1 answer. I rocked through the test in less than 20 minutes. I do have building/construction experience, but I remember the quality of the questions. Anyone using basic common sense and process of elimination can figure them out. I thought myself surely I’m not the lucky one who got the easy test? Nope, that’s just how the test is. But the internet likes to scare you, because they know you will buy study material.

    LEED has gotten a bad rap, and the deeper I get into green and natural building the more the joke of LEED is seen. Don’t waste your money or time on their “Green Associate” garbage and certainly don’t waste MORE money to keep up this phony “credential”

  2. 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

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

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

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


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


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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  6. 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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