ARE 5.0 Project Development and Documentation Virtual Workshops

Your Education, Our Expertise

You know how live music is the best? So are our Virtual Workshops. Find comfort in knowing you’re studying the right topics and fully comprehend them in a live, virtual environment with a licensed architect. We put together a curriculum to get you live, weekly, virtual, in-depth exercises, accompanied by a Q&A session with a practicing architect. The Virtual Workshop will occur every Sunday for 2 hours, where you can talk to a real architect in real time, about anything pertaining to the ARE and your studies. For the first portion of the workshop you’ll partake in an immersive lesson focusing on the concepts ARE candidates struggle most with in that division, then will have time for Q&A with full access to a licensed architect the entire time. Did we say licensed architect? At your fingertips? Let’s go.

Virtual Workshops

Virtual Workshops

How We Did it

We convened our ARE Committee, a group of highly qualified architects who continuously evaluate the topics candidates struggle with the most. They then created some world class exercises for you to hone your skills in these problem areas. If that wasn’t good enough, we doubled down and thought, “let’s put them in front of a licensed architect in a live setting, every week, to review these concepts and hammer them home.” For 2 hours every Sunday have access to a licensed architect who will guide you through these curated, in-depth exercises, and then a live Q&A. It’s like Reddit’s AMA but your question will actually get answered.

How It Works

Virtual Workshops run in a 4-week cycle, with no start or end date. Once your Expert membership starts, you can hop into the cycle, and in 4 weeks you’ll cover all the topics. If you elect to stay for more than one month, you’ll review the same topics again, but with new exercises - so you can really ensure you’ve mastered these concepts. And remember, with your Black Spectacles membership, you get access to content for all six divisions, so you can switch over to a different exam’s workshops at any time.

Take Their Word For It

Virtual Workshops

“When I’m attending the workshop, there’s a direction in what I’m doing every day and I feel I know what to study.”

- AJ Jastrzebska, PcM Virtual Workshop Participant

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Practice Exams

The PDD practice exam covers off everything you’ll want to know come test-time, making it a great barometer for gauging your Project Development & Documentation skills. As an added bonus, it mirrors the actual exam, down to the functionality, format, and color with 3 forms to practice from. That means you won’t be surprised by the questions, or the look and feel of the exam itself.

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Flashcards

Know your way around acronyms like, AISC, VT, and DX. Figure out what “K Factor” is. Identify the difference between “sensible” and “latent” heat. If it’s on the test, it’ll be on the flashcards. Review, shuffle, and mark cards as mastered on your phone. You can even make your own. For those feeling extra motivated, each card links to a video lecture with an in-depth explanation of the term or concept.

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Choose Your Membership

With your membership, gain access to all 6 divisions simultaneously so you can crank up your ARE studying and save money by taking all the exams in a shortened amount of time! If your life can’t accommodate that right now, sign up for a 6 or 12 month membership and get up to 2 months free. We know everyone has a different learning and studying style, which is why all of Black Spectacles materials are flexible and at your fingertips wherever and whenever you can find an internet connection. So which will it be - the tortoise or the hare? Choose from one of our four membership options and mold your path to passing the ARE to your personal preference.

Testimonial - Siobhan Glass, PPD Virtual Workshop Participant

“There’s a community behind it and there’s support in kind of every corner virtually online.”

- Siobhan Glass, PPD Virtual Workshop Participant

NCARB Approved Test Prep

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