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Dominate Project Development & Documentation

The first-ever ARE® 5.0 Project Development & Documentation study materials to receive the NCARB stamp of approval. Prep with video lectures, practice exams and flashcards. Prepare on your own schedule, or in one of our structured groups, or with a private tutor. All materials are designed by ARE veterans and built in alignment with NCARB’s exam objectives.

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About Project Development & Documentation

Once design development is complete, it’s time to prepare construction documents. This requires a deep understanding of how building systems, materials and assemblies integrate. This ARE division covers building materials and systems, construction documentation and project manuals. You’ll get up to speed on cost estimates, site features and IBC requirements.

PDD Division Study Materials & Resources

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Video Lectures

ARE veteran Mike Newman walks through everything you need to know for the PDD exam. Go deep into specialty systems, project specifications and design team and owner communication. He’ll even showcase the PDD exam objectives in practice with a real-life project.

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Practical Applications

Get the whole picture as you deep-dive into the specifics. Follow along with the presenter as she explains the use of EIFS and Interior Building Coordination involved in the construction of community church. Available with your Pro Subscription.

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Practice Exams

Get into PDD test taking mode with our practice exams, modeled after NCARB’s same objectives. With similar questions and the same format, and 3 forms to practice from, it feels like the real deal. Get tested on construction estimates, security systems and conveyor systems.

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Digital Flashcards

Master the difference between wall types, wrap your head around what a SIP is, and review glazing types. Study our flashcards to get an in-depth understanding of PDD concepts and vocabulary. They’re all stored on your phone so you can study anytime, anywhere.

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Study On Your Own

Already have a plan of attack? Sign up for one of our ARE Prep Subscriptions and get access to what you need. You can use all of our tools anytime, anywhere. Watch videos while cooking dinner, take an exam with your coffee, and review flashcards on your evening commute. Your study materials are always at your fingertips.

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Group Coaching

Looking for a plan & help? Apply for our Group Coaching program to get the structure, support, and accountability you need to tackle the ARE. Use your day-by-day syllabus, dedicated coach, and committed peers to master all 6 divisions. Our PRO subscription is included so you have access to lectures, practical applications, practice exams, and flashcards.

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Black Spectacles is the first and only NCARB Approved Test Prep Provider for all 6 divisions of ARE 5.0.