The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice



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    Samantha Weinryb

    I did not use that book in my studies personally. I followed the recommended books in the ARE Matrix in the Guidelines PDF as well as various recommendations from this community.

    I will highlight one of the best resources in my opinion. The lectures from Schiff Hardin are incredibly informative. See this post to locate them:

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    Marie Samek

    Hi Victoria,

    I have passed both PcM and PjM and primarily used the current version of the Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice (the 15th edition, I believe) I had from college to study. I also purchased an older version of the Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice because I had the same concerns as you, but I found it much more difficult to get through than the student's version (besides being, well, outdated) and ended up barely using it. In my opinion, all you need to study for PcM and PjM are the Student's Handbook of Professional Practice, the AIA contracts, and (for PcM) have enough time to memorize all the NOR/overhead/net multiplier formulas and do lots of practice problems to get comfortable with them.

    I will also caution that taking PcM as your first exam is generally not advised, it is a much more difficult exam than PjM. I started with CE, then PjM, then PcM, so I had the maximum amount of time and exposure to the AIA contracts when I took PcM. I read B101, A101, and A201 multiple times each all the way through and made my own notes along the way. These three contracts are your most important resources for those three exams imo.

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