Background: I took CDS, PPP, and SPD in 4.0 then transferred into 5.0. When taking CDS in 4.0, though the title of the exam is "Construction Documents and Services," I found that the exam had little to do with construction documents and construction services but was actually testing on legal contracts, legal relationships, and legal accountability.
I am about to sign up to take PDD in 5.0. The NCARB website and the ARE 5.0 handbook indicate that PDD will test on actual construction documents (those that are found in a set of drawings). The ARE 5.0 Credit Model indicates that PDD 5.0 includes CDS from 4.0, which is confusing because CDS 4.0 had nothing to do with construction documents, but rather legal matters and contractual documents.
So, my question: does PDD test knowledge related to construction documents found in a set of drawings, legal contracts / legal relationships / legal accountability from CDS 4.0, or both?
From the ARE 5.0 handbook: "None of the standard list of AIA Contract Documents related to the ARE have specific content covered in the Project Development & Documentation division," which leads me to believe there will be no testing on legal, contractual, or statutory matters in PDD. The indicated and implied exam content and references for PDD are contradictory. Can anybody provide clarity?
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