amber book firm licenses

OVERVIEW

In an effort to move design staff more efficiently through architecture licensure, firm licenses allow all of the firm’s emerging professionals to access the Amber Book online animated video course, hardcopy workbook, and searchable case-study pdf. The cost to the firm is based on firm size, discounted significantly from the $390 per month the enrollee would pay if signed up as an individual. To be clear, we are closer to a full ARE 5.0 university course aimed at licensure than we are to a normative resource aimed at simply studying for the next division. Scroll down to see other firms who have enrolled in the firm license program.

DOES THE FIRM LICENSE INCLUDE EVERYTHING THE INDIVIDUAL LICENSE INCLUDES?

Yes.

HOW DOES THE FIRM PAY?

The firm pays for one year up front, and we guarantee you’ll love the course; cancel ANYTIME and receive a FULL refund. So if you’re not thrilled, even after 11.75 months, we’ll refund the entire year's tuition. Email firms@amber-book.com to start.

THE HIGHEST LIKELIHOOD OF PASSING IN THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME STUDYING

Whether it is to move up the online firm rankings, groom the next cohort to lead the firm, provide licensure as a service to your design professionals for staff recruitment and retention, get folks through the tortured exam process more efficiently so they can spend more time on billable hours, charge higher rates for licensed design staff, work on federal government projects that require licensed staff, or make better architecture . . . .you want architects to become licensed more quickly, and we can help because we’ve helped 10,000 emerging professionals study for these exams. We’re sure we offer the highest likelihood of passing in the least amount of time studying, because 500 people have written to us, unsolicited, and told us so. Plus, our course is fun.

FIRM OBLIGATIONS

None (other than storage of the Amber Book hardcopy workbooks at your office(s)). 

AMBER BOOK OBLIGATIONS

1. To work with you, beginning right now, to get as many firm architects licensed in the shortest amount of time. 

2. To provide the Amber Book online video course for one month to ALL the firm’s emerging professionals. They can continue to enroll as long as they have an exam division firmed up and scheduled within the next three months. Simply have the course participant email firms@amber-book.com with a preferred course start date and we’ll take care of everything else. 

3. To provide hardcopy books to each location of the firm, as required. If you forget to tell us you are out of books, that’s not a problem. We will mail a hard copy directly to the course enrollee and a new batch of hard copies for the office to store. We can also enable the firm to digitally track team members’ progress as they make their way through the course.

ASK ME

I was the first person in the nation to pass all six ARE 5.0 divisions, and I’ve worked with thousands who are taking these tests, including intensive three-day courses at AIA New York, AIA Miami, AIA Dallas, AIA Houston, AIA Raleigh, AIA Northern Virginia, AIA New Orleans, AIA New Mexico, AIA Alaska, and AIA Washington DC (more than one thousand total have completed my in-person courses). I’ve partnered with AIA National to provide AIA members access to my online course; I've been a full-time Virginia Tech professor since 2001; and I know more about this test and how people study for it than probably anyone in the world. So even if you are not interested in purchasing a firm license, use me as a resource in crafting your firm’s approach to licensure and learning because I live this stuff. I can be reached at ermann@amber-book.com

PRICING TABLE

*Pricing is a function of total firm size inclusive of all US-based employees. 

*We adjust the price downward for firms with more than 25% engineering, planning, or construction revenues because they tend to have fewer architects on staff as a percentage of employees. If you are one of those firms, reach out to us and ask for a revised customized quote that more fairly accounts for the number of design staff who can utilize this course.

Total Number of Employees Working at Firm
Annual Cost to Firm for Unlimited Course Access

1-25

$900

25-50

$1,800

50-75

$2,700

75-100

$3,600

100-200

$5,400

200-300

$9,000

300-400

$12,600

400-500

$14,400

500-600

$17,600

600-700

$20,800

700-800

$24,000

800-900

$25,500

900+

*contact us

WHY ARE WE PAYING FOR ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES WHEN ONLY SOME OF THEM ARE CURRENTLY TAKING THE EXAMS?

The fact that only a portion of the firm is studying for their exams is built into the pricing table. This way, your price won’t increase if an employee who isn’t currently studying is prompted to pursue licensure because of their new-found access to the Amber Book, or if next month you hire a new emerging professional who wants to use the course to study for their exams.

WHY MUST YOU SCHEDULE AN EXAM BEFORE YOU GET CONTINUED COURSE ACCESS?

Each emerging professional with the firm’s domain in their email address will get access to one month’s access on any start date desired. After that first month, the enrollee may continue access to the course provided they’ve scheduled at least one exam division within the next 90 days. (We recommend scheduling all of your remaining divisions to fall two to three months after you start the course.) We are all deadline-oriented people in this profession, and we’ve found that licensure rates go up with this constraint in place.

**COVID-19 UPDATE: The requirement that firm enrollees schedule at least one exam division to get continued course access has been waived until further notice.**

I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT LAST SECTION

As an employee of the firm, you can start using the course anytime you want for as long as your firm has a license, for all six exam divisions. There is no limit to the number of people in the firm who can enroll in total and there is no limit to the number of employees who can be using the course material at the same time. When you are ready to enroll, you enroll. After one month, you’ll need to send us a screenshot demonstrating that you have scheduled an exam to re-up your course access. You can, for instance, enroll for three weeks, schedule an exam division, share the screenshot and continue to study with Amber uninterrupted. . . or you can study with us for a month, wait two months while you build up courage, schedule your exam(s), and regain access to the course after you’ve shared the screenshot. Obviously, as a subscription service, we make more money stringing everyone along and stretching out your studying for as long as possible—but we want you moving toward licensure more than we want your money and we’ve found this benevolently paternal policy to have the best results for you.

**COVID-19 UPDATE: The requirement that firm enrollees schedule at least one exam division to get continued course access has been waived until further notice.**

WHAT IF THE TESTING CENTERS CLOSE FOR COVID?

If all the testing centers close again, your firm will keep access to the course, but your subscription clock will pause. For instance, in the spring, the Prometric test centers closed nationally for about 65 days. Everyone kept access, and each firm's license was extended from 12 months to 15 months. Simply put, firms are not charged while Prometric is closed nationally.

HOW DO WE START?

Email firms@amber-book.com and we’ll take care of everything.

we've worked with:

  • aia connecticut
  • aia los angeles
  • aia miami
  • aia new mexico
  • aia new orleans
  • aia new york
  • aia northern virginia
  • aia triangle
  • aia washington dc

firms that purchased Amber Book Firm Licenses for their team:

  • perkins and will
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  • blrb architects
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  • thomas weems architect
  • kga architect
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  • wja architets
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  • self +  tucker architects
  • sam gresham architecture
  • rehkamp larson architects
  • cure design architects
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  • uda architects
  • westberg white
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  • hanna gabriel wells
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  • Walcott Adams Verneuille
  • Harris County Engineering Department
  • poiz design
  • ss&l architects
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  • perez and perez
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  • rand architecture
  • h3hc
  • ao architecture
  • dzn partners
  • vaa architects
  • marta atlanta
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  • inc architecture and design
  • bone levine architects
  • architectural alliance
  • bickel group
  • twinsteps architecture
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  • the architectural studio
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