AIA Contract Documents

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    Kevin Griendling

    Hi Richard,

    Great question. The exams have always been based on the AIA contracts as far as I know. I think the logic is that they've been around now for 100 years or so, and have been continuously tested and improved in practice throughout that time. We are not studying to be lawyers and draft contracts, but the path of least resistance to understanding our basic contractual obligations under the architect's standard of care would be those documents. 

    Will the exams overtly ask if you should use them? Probably not in that way. You'd be more likely to see a question that just references the document as a default. At least in the 4.0 format when I took the exams if you encountered a question with an answer for "draft your own contract" or "proceed with custom contract signed" they would've been the first I logged as incorrect in my mind.

    Hope this helps.

    Best of luck,

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.pluralsight.com

    www.paramarch.com

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Richard,

    Kevin is correct that the AIA documents are the basis of contract-related questions on the ARE.  Yes, there are other types of contracts out there, but the AIA docs are most commonly used and are a good standard for assessing your understanding of contractual topics.  The ARE Handbook lists the top 10 AIA documents referenced in the exam.

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    Richard Wilson (Edited )

    (broken link)

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    Richard Wilson

    Kevin Griendling,

    I only found one video from www.pluralsight.com, and it was for Practice Management. What other videos do you offer? Thanks

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    Kevin Griendling

    Richard,

    Good news! The PjM course will be posted in the second or third week of January. I don't know when your test date is so hopefully you will still be able to utilize it. It will have a solid couple hours dedicated to contracts.

    In the meantime, I don't recall which versions of the contracts NCARB hosts via the aforementioned link. However, the AIA contracts site has samples of the actual contracts, as well as commentary versions. Check out: https://www.aiacontracts.org

    Good luck,

    Kevin Griendling, AIA
    www.pluralsight.com
    www.paramarch.com

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    Michelle NCARB

    Kevin and Richard,

    The AIA document versions provided in the above-referenced link (thanks for copying/pasting Richard!) are the same documents listed in the 5.0 Handbook (p. 170).

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    Richard Wilson

    On the topic of Contract Documents, and a different question:

    What is the "execution of the Contract"? An example of its use may be found in A201 section 7.1.1. Is this when the project is complete? Or is this when the Owner, Contractor and Architect agree to and sign the Contract Documents?

    Thanks!

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi Richard,

    Article 7 of AIA A201 covers changes in work after the execution of the contract. Within this context, "execution of the contract" is referring to the point where the contract has been signed by all parties and is effective.

    I recommend checking out the The Project Resource Manual: CSI Manual of Practice which is listed in the ARE 5.0 Handbook. It contains some great information on this topic. 

    Thanks,

    Nick

     

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    Kurt Fanderclai (Edited )

    Nick -- per your recommendation above -- I don't actually see The Project Resource Manual: CSI Manual of Practice listed in the PjM matrix.  Is this a PjM resource? 

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    Erica Spayd

    I think they list it as a CE resource, but it seems like there is a lot of overlap in content between the PcM, PjM, and CE divisions, and between the AHPP and the CSI Manual. I found that as I started reading through the CSI Manual, a lot of the material was familiar to me, having just read a good bit of the AHPP. I kind of prefer the presentation and style of the CSI Manual, personally, although the AHPP provides nice, relevant, real life experiences and anecdotes that give concepts context and help you remember how to apply said concepts. So they're both good, in my opinion, for all three divisions, but it's probably unnecessary to read both thoroughly - read one thoroughly, and use the other to supplement and help you further understand concepts that may be a little tougher to grasp.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Thanks, Erica!

    There does seem to be a lot of overlap!  Good input. regarding CSI versus AHPP.

    Where are you at in this process? -- I saw you took PjM and PcM, and are about to take CE.

     

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    Anne Gelbart

    If we can print out the AIA Contract Documents off of the NCARB site, is there a point of purchasing The American Institute of Architects Official Guide to the 2007 AIA Contract Documents as the Handbook suggests?

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    Chelsea Rawson

    A quick question - It appears that the section of the NCARB website Richard referenced has been moved or deleted with the recent updates. Has anyone had any luck finding those resources through NCARB again? Or, should I continue to use the samples provided at aiacontracts.org to build my own little library?

    Thanks!

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Chelsea,

    Richard's image was a screenshot of an NCARB Record.  You can find the contract resources in your NCARB Record too, at the bottom of the Quick Links list.

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    Timothy Magner

    5.0 Matrix lists the 2007 version of the AIA contracts as references. The AIA finally got around to updating most of their docs and now A101, A201, etc. are all 2017 versions.

    Does anyone with real-world contract experience see a huge difference in the versions? I ask because the AIA website no longer has the samples of 2007 contracts available for download.

    Or someone can tell me I'm overthinking this and to just study 2017 docs as basic intent is the same...

     

    Thanks all!

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Timothy,

    The contracts listed in the 5.0 Handbook are available for your use while studying through your NCARB Record.  After you go into your record, you'll see it in the list on the right-hand side, under Quick Links.

    There are definite changes between the 2007 and 2017 contracts, so I would stick with the 2007 versions for your exam preparation.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Also, Timothy -- the matrix lists the contract version by year that the exam is based on.

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    Jennifer Blattner

    I do not have the AIA Documents link under my Quick Links.  I have not yet requested eligibly to take the exams as I have to wait for my last submitted hours to be approved.  Will that link show after I have done that or is this resource no longer available?

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Jennifer,

    Yes, the AIA Documents resource is definitely still available!  The link will show up for you once you've received your test eligibilities.

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    Jennifer Blattner

    Thank you Michelle.

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