PcM Passed - What I studied

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    Gustavo Diez-Presilla

    Congratulations!!!

    I also failed the first time and I am planning to re take it maybe in June or July after passing CE last month. Actually the firm's financing is my biggest concern. Very much agree with AHPP importance, I was lucky to find a PDF of the 15th edition, I have a hard copy of the 13th student edition and you can notice the difference 

    Best of lucks!!!

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    William May

    Are you a grad of any 5 year degree program?

    Did you complete the AXP or IDP?

    How much experience in firms do you have?

     

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    Hoang Tran

    Will,

    I did graduate from a 5 year program, though I don't think this made any difference. I've been working in firms for 5 years now. 

     

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    William May

    but, congrats on your passing!  You go my friend.

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    Gustavo Diez-Presilla

    Yes I hold a 5 years Diploma de Arquitecto from Universidad de Oriente, Cuba validated from NCARB, and yes I passed my IDP or AXP, otherwise I would not be eligible for ARE. 17 years of experience back in Cuba and 6 years and six months here on USA

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    William May

    Hoang,

    Thanks for your response.

    I only have a 2 yr associates degree.  I have a bachelor equivalent in vocational education.  I have worked in the profession for 31 years and taught for 10 years.

    I guess if I had the choice to do it over, I'd do the same path.  School gives one very little what one uses as an entry level job.  From my discussions with former colleagues who are now licensed, learning on the job was the biggest factor to being productive on the job.  Doing bathrooms, stair details, ada details, all manor of details, slowly gaining experience to be able to actually do production of entire projects.  I have produced 2 and 5 story commercial buildings; large footprint adult daycare facilities, and other types of buildings and additions.

    And now that I see how the ARE has changed over the years I'm convinced that the process to licensure isn't really a one way path, nor should it be. 

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    William May

    Most firms look at your ability to use Revit or some other software, more than your knowledge of doing design.  Go to the AIA job board and nearly every job requires Revit and other software packages.  Having a degree just weeds out the folks with a 2 year degree.  Not that the person with a bachelor degree knows more.

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