PcM, PjM, and CE: Study Materials & Strategy Recommendations

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    Hatefeh Raysan Ziaei (Edited )

    Thank you for sharing. Where can we find 2017 contracts?
    I have AHPP hard copy which is really good but extremely heavy to carry! Do you have the link for the PDF version?

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    Kathryn Walton (Edited )

    You're welcome, Hatefeh.

    I've amended my post to include links to AIA reference materials.  Search for or click on the contract doc that you want, and you'll see a sample available for free download.  The only difference between the sample contract and the real one is the word SAMPLE pasted across each page.  I've also amended my comments about the AHPP PDF resource, which is no longer available.

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    Hatefeh Raysan Ziaei

    Thank you

     

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    Gustavo Diez-Presilla

    It is a very good strategy for sure, Thanks

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    Sara Dababneh

    Hi Kathryn. Thank you for sharing.

    Do you think reviewing the AHPP is critical? I believe I have all the references you listed except for the actual AHPP. And you mentioned that there are guidelines helpful when reviewing the AHPP "Navigating the ARE with the AHPP, 15th Edition". Do you happen to have a link for that?

    Thank you.

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    Kathryn Walton

    The AHPP is absolutely critical, being a referenced resource in the ARE 5.0 Handbook on several divisions.  These are the resources from which exam questions are derived.  Click on the word "here" in the above list for the link.

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    Sara Dababneh

    Thank you.

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    Sara Dababneh

    Hello again Kathryn,

    Could you please explain how to use the guide for using the AHPP? meaning, when for example under 'Human Resources' there is page 464 listed with special attention to page 471. Would that mean the material to be reviewed starts from page 464 till the end of the chapter, or just what is under the title of that page, in this case 'The Function of Compensation in an Architecture Firm" would be pages 464 and 465? I hope I am clear enough. Same goes for the project delivery types that begin with page 513... in other words, where do you stop or know you have covered the material needed under a certain subject in the guide? Since the book is quite full of a lot of information..

     

    Thank you!

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    Kathryn Walton

    Hi Sara,

    I understand how this gives pause - I was wondering the same thing when I first started sorting through this, but then I realized that some paragraphs/section titles were in ALL CAPS, whereas others were only in Title Caps.  That's the key here.

    Using your example, then, under 'Human Resources,' THE FUNCTION OF COMPENSATION IN AN ARCHITECTURE FIRM is in all caps.  Every paragraph or section following that would apply until you hit the next section that's in all caps.  This includes everything through to page 471, with the sidebar getting special attention.  Page 472 picks up with TACTICS AND STRATEGIES (all caps) which is not on the navigation guide, so that's where this particular section of Human Resources study materials ends.  If the navigation guide takes you to a section that is only in Title Caps, then just look at that section.

    Hope this helps! 

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    Guadalupe Zarate

    Hi Kathryn,

    Great info! Thank you. For the Ballast material did you use the Ballast ARE 5.0 version? I still have the 4.0 version..was just wondering if you used the 5.0 version

    Thanks

    Lupe

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    Kathryn Walton (Edited )

    Hi Lupe,
    I used only ARE 5.0 Ballast materials. I didn’t do any transitioning from 4.0, which has a different content structure.

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    Guadalupe Zarate

    Thank You Kathryn!

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    Sara Dababneh

    Hi again Kathryn,

    Did you find a good source of financial reports questions (calculating break even rate, billing hours, profit...) I have not yet found one even though I have practiced the ballast questions, black spectacles and designer hacks!

    Thanks!
    Sara

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    Kathryn Walton

    Hi Sara,

    I didn't look for any additional materials outside of the resources I listed above, and I truly don't recall there being that much focus on these topics.  An understanding of the general concepts surrounding break-even rates, billing hours, and profit margins is all you need.  If you've practiced questions and understand the answers, you'll be fine.

    Kathryn

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