PDD passed and got “you’re done”

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    David Montoya

    This is very motivating. Thanks for taking the time to spill out happiness along with techniques to get through the mud.  I just came back from failing PPD, but I am not down. In fact, I am eager to get it done and more motivated.  I just got these two monsters to go. Thanks again.

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    Seth Wiley

    Congratulation!

    Similar here. I just passed PDD yesterday. So I'm done with the AREs also. I got my master's professional arch degree about 12 years ago. I've been a licensed contractor, and I currently have a few small business of my own. I'm a passive house consultant. I've a CSI CDT certification. Before all that I was a sculpture fabricator and I've built sculptures which are literally in museums around the world. I have a family also. So I'm a really non-traditional candidate with a lot going on. So doing these tests was pretty hectic. But now I'm done.

    All I can say is don't stop, stay humble, and be ethical. I watched an interview with Conan O'Brien once (he's that late night USA talk show host comedian). He said that he was a complete failure when he started his career in comedy - managers wouldn't take him because he was no good, he couldn't find work, and it took him years of literally failing and learning from mistakes to make it. I think that's what it's all about. Being genuine, real, and not stopping. You fail until you pass. Failure is a necessary step. If you don't pass a test - see it as a step toward passing that test. Simple. And see what your weaknesses are and address them. And do it for a reason - a good reason, and keep your focus on that reason.

    So congrats! I hoe these comments are useful to someone else.

    Onward and forward.

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    Yi Li

    Congrats! Seth - I was wondering if you can also share your PDD notes? I am using your PPD notes and find it very helpful! 

    Thanks a bunch! 

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    Seth Wiley

    Hi Yi Li.

    Thank you very much. I'm glad my notes have been helpful to you. Here is a link to my PDD notes, but please be aware that they are very condensed and shorthand. In actuality in prep for PPD, I basically just took my PPD notes and drilled in to structures, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire suppression, egress, etc - all the critical technical and life safety topics:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/14lF-8glbACgo43I7PpTze887OaJHOY9l/view?usp=sharing

    And I focused very heavily on structural loading combinations from resources such as this:

    https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/pdf/residential.pdf

    I basically just tried to learn all the critical things to making buildings function well and be safe - to pass the test as well as fill-in hole in my knowledge to make me a better professional.

    Good luck to you!

     

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    Yi Li

    Seth, 

    Thanks! I used the notes you shared for my other ARE exams too and they are great. I am amazed how neat and detailed one's notes can be. Good luck with your profession! 

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