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    Kevin Griendling

    Hi Sarah,

    There are a few instances where cross-over is likely to occur.

    As one example:

    If you study the handbook you'll see that in Business Operations for Practice Management it states

    "OBJECTIVE 1.2 Apply the regulations and requirements governing the work environment (U/A) You will need to demonstrate your understanding of laws, regulations, and insurance that apply to running a practice, including health insurance, worker’s compensation, general liability, and labor laws."

    There can be a line drawn, but when you get into laws, regulations, and insurance, you are very closely toeing the line to contracts and ethics as well. Especially since your contracts and ethical canons usually bind you to regulatory requirements inherently. You probably could hold off on studying contracts until PjM, but at least a read-through might be helpful on PcM to understand at least where and how Architects are contractually liable for certain elements of the process. I spend a little bit of time in Practice Management reviewing a high level introduction to contracts in my coursework, as well as reviewing some Project Management depth elements on delivery methods which are included as a part of PcM. The PjM course however, will have a full read through line-by-line of the AIA contracts to get a full understanding of the inner workings of our obligations at that level of operations.

    As a result, I generally suggest PcM and PjM to be somewhat paired. Another combination that might not hurt, but might be more than most can chew would be PPD and PDD. These two "phases" are similar in content, and the challenge is to delineate when/where certain detail is introduced. I haven't quite gotten that far in preparing my materials so I can't say for sure yet, just on PcM and PjM.

    All the best to you in your studies,


    Kevin Griendling, AIA

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Sarah,

    I want to point out one other section of the ARE 5.0 Handbook: the very back (p. 164) includes a matrix of references for all six divisions: the few books listed at the end of each division, plus many many more.  The intent here isn't to say "you should read all these books", but rather "there are many different books that could help you as you prepare".  This is because our item writers draw from a variety of sources when they write items for the exam.

    You'll notice that a lot of books are suggested references for multiple divisions.  Continuing on Kevin's thoughts, for instance, there's overlap between PcM and PjM references.  So no, I don't think you have to seek out PjM info to prepare for PcM - but you might find as you prepare for PcM, that you (inadvertently) are preparing for PjM at the same time.

    Hope that makes sense!

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    Sarah Metott

    Thank you both, this helps! Your feedback is much appreciated!

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