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    Kevin Griendling (Edited )

    Very good response Ryan.

    Jeffrey, what he said is exactly right. This exam is going to test you on your working knowledge of very generalized ideas about the architecture profession. Considering the subject matter relates to "Management", it may even be a good idea to study for Practice Management and Project Management together. Knock out the whole book in one fell swoop.

    To your actual question, I downloaded the AHPP index from the AIA store website and highlighted a few key sections to focus on. These are organized by priority. They go from red which means study it and know it thoroughly, to yellow meaning read it and understand it, but if you're pressed for time, you may put them on the back burner (just don't ignore them entirely!)

    You can access my markup at this location: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4BvCc3nt7PsamtCVEVLOGJfdFE

    If you have any questions please reply.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.pluralsight.com

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Jeffery.  That is a good question.  The Architects Handbook of Professional Practice is shall we say...hefty.  It covers a lot of different aspects of the architectural profession and is a great resource even beyond preparing for the ARE.

    There really isn't a specific section of that book I can tell you go study.  What I would recommend is to go down the list of objectives in Practice Management.  If you know what an objective is and have a good handle on it, you may not need to study much for it.  But if there are objectives that you are less clear on (or maybe have no idea at all!), then look those topics up in the AHPP and study.  You don't need to know the entire book, just understand the parts that relate to the division objectives.

    Hope this helps.

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    Karen Davidson

    Thanks for the mark-up, Kevin.  Great help!!! 

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    Kevin Griendling

    You're both very welcome. To the both of you and anyone else who uses it, it is not an end-all-be-all guide. It is merely a suggestion to start your studies, based on what I see in the specifications. Use your own judgement as well.

    Good luck,

     

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.pluralsight.com

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    Darguin Fortuna

    Kevin thank you so much for the Markup it really helps. I was overwhelmed but now I have a plan of attack. Also the Pluralsight website is right on with the Material. I just signef up and listened as I worked through my day and I feel less worried about the topics and much more familiar.

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    Jeffrey Giuggio

    Thank you very much. 

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    Darguin Fortuna (Edited )
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    Darguin Fortuna (Edited )

    Kevin, 

    Where or what chapters cover the human resources portions. I am looking at the Student version of the APPHB and I can't really find anything that aligns to NCARB's selection of staff process. 

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    Kevin Griendling

    Hello again Darguin,

     

    I've updated the sheet to call out the 15th edition Human Resources chapter. Located here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4BvCc3nt7PsNFVialI2WFJWNVU/view?usp=sharing 

    As for the student edition of AHPP, I do not have them in front of me, but assumed they follow the same format as the full version just in an abbreviated way.

    In the 15th Edition, it is Chapter 8.

    In the 14th Edition, it is Chapter 7.

     

    If neither of the student editions have a HR chapter, look for the following subjects described within the subsection titles:

    • Employer Legal Requirements
    • Recruiting/Hiring
    • Standard Office Documents
    • Professional/Staff Development
    • Compensation
    • Benefits
    • Resignation, Termination, Lay-off (staff reduction)

    My course on Pluralsight did not highlight HR as a separate section, but rather spread this info throughout the other content areas where applicable.

     

    Best,

     

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.paramarch.com

    www.pluralsight.com

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    Jose Rodrigues

    Reading this is very help full. thanks to all.

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    Daniel Ostfeld

    Hi Everyone,

    I have a quick question. I have the AHPP student edition 13th edition. Should i buy the new AHPP or this book will work as well. Saw that the indexes are different and this book is half the size of the non student edition. 

    Please advice.

    Thank you,

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    Richard Wilson

    Daniel,

    I attempted to use outdated study materials too. I found that during my first 5.0 exam, the AHPP Student 14th ed. did not align completely. Partway through studying for my first exam, I acquired up-to-date study resources. I recommend not using outdated resources.

    I've tracked study techniques during my college years and for the ARE 5.0. If you're looking for study strategies, study resources and advice, see my research page that outlines steps you may take to be successful: http://www.rhwdesigns.com/architecture/research/are-5-strategy/

    Good luck!

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    Abdolreza Baradaran Azimi

    Thank you Kevin

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    Bahri Ozaslan

    Hi Kevin,

    The sheets you have provided is very helpfull to focus on the section in AHPP,do you have something for the other ARE division as well?

     

    Thanks in advance.

     

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    Kevin Griendling

    Hi Bahri,

    I have one for Project Management that you can view here: 

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4BvCc3nt7PsVTZJaUR5OTNtTkU/view?usp=sharing

    Remember that the PjM matrix materials list the A201, A701, B101 and C401 contracts as well. My course dedicates a few hours to contracts alone. Jump over to the PjM posts for more information. I don't want to confuse folks in this PcM board.

    As for other exams, I do not have a specific matrix. The books are too numerous and references too sporadic. I think it is best to look introspectively at your own experience and select the best resources for you. Many users have picked a few good ones for each exam.

    Best,

     

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.pluralsight.com

    www.paramarch.com

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    Bahri Ozaslan

    Thanks Kevin...

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    Asra Zaidi

    Hi Kevin,
    I'm using your markups on the the table of contents to guide me through the AHPP. It is extremely helpful. Can you tell are the various backgrounders in each chapter important? I find them very digressing and boring wonder if they are important at all.
    Thanks
    Asra

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    Kevin Griendling

    Hi Asra,
    Generally speaking I would say they are a good read. That doesn’t tell you much though. They’re great for helping to orient candidates in realms of the profession that haven’t had exposure to yet. For example, the backgrounders in the financial chapters are pretty decent narratives of how to use formulas, and how the various accounting tools relate to one another. The backgrounders in the team building strategy type sections may be a bit subjective and non-conclusive.
    Go with your gut. Reading more won’t hurt, as long as you are actually comprehending the materials. Sometimes a brisk walk helps to sharpen the mind!
    When I read through the backgrounders to prepare my study courses on Pluralsight I read it as though I was an exam item writer. This helped me figure out which content was objective or quantifiable enough to likely be on the exam. Give that a shot on a few and see what opinion you come up with.
    Best,

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

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    Cintia Kotler Savenko

    Hello,

    I'm new to this and I need a lot of help really.

    I would like to know where can I buy  the Architects Handbook of Professional Practice or any book that I can start studying for the ARE 5.00?

    Any advice?

    Thank you

    Carolina

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    Samuel Yerke

    Wiley provides downloadable pdf guides of relevant sections in the 15th ed. AHPP for each test:

    https://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-818786.html

    I've taken the PcM test using the guide and I'd say it was relatively close to what I was tested on. Though I'd highly recommend studying from multiple sources and multiple guides.

    Cheers!

    Sam

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    Kevin Griendling

    Thanks Darguin!

    That is excellent and I am glad you find it to be helpful. I would amend that original markup though to include the Human Resources chapter. It is a specifically itemized line-item in the NCARB video, and perhaps I did not pick it up in my planning stages.

     

    Best,

     

    Kevin Griendling, AIA

    www.paramarch.com

    www.pluralsight.com

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