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Hello associate architects and fellow associate AIA members,

AIA Charlotte is welcoming any interested associate members to join the study group! Working in ARE 5.0, this year's study groups will go above and beyond to conquer the last hurdle to becoming a licensed architect. Join a group that will help you accomplish your goals through peer collaboration and mentorship!

The ARE Study Group helps to motivate aspiring architects to study together and pass all six  exams! Since motivation only gets you so far, the study group offers study guides and tips on what materials are most helpful for each exam. There are also specialized workshops with local professionals for each exam to help debunk some of the more difficult ARE topics.


The Study Group currently has over 35 participants and hopes to keep growing! Those 35-plus are broken up into groups of 5 to 8. The group meets weekly as a large group and some groups meet twice a week, especially when they have an exam coming up. The best part of the study group is being able to support each other throughout the testing process. Pass or fail (though our study guides are favoring passes) the group’s focus is to make sure you stick with your studying and get through your exams!


Members of the groups will receive the following benefits:

  • Weekly peer study sessions
  • Study guides for each exam
  • Workshops from experienced mentors
  • Tips on where to find free resources online
  • Study and work in a group to keep that momentum going

Contact Ashlan Jones at for more information.

NCARB Resources

NCARB Registration Board Licensing Requirements: North Carolina

NCARB Data and Resources

ARE 5.0 Community

ARE 5.0 Video Prep Series


We recommend the following exam order:

1. Practice Management

2. Project Management

3. Construction and Evaluation

4. Programming and Analysis

5. Project Planning and Design

6. Project Development and Documentation

and overlapping certain exams is highly recommended:
PcM / PjM / CE go together well
PPD / PDD go together well

Updated ARE 5.0 outline study guides coming soon.

Disclaimer: Outline study guides are suggestions and best practices. Reading Ballast first helps introduce you to all the information, while AHPP takes you deeper into the material. You can always choose one or the other; AHPP has been the best to use material-wise. Supplemental audio resources can help you passively study.  Best practice: go through flash cards after reading the material first.


As of October 1, 2018 ARE 5.0 is referencing the newest versions of the AIA Contract Documents and the 2015 International Building Code—which you can download for free online. The ARE will continue to address the standard agreements previously identified. Candidates should expect to see additional questions related to the following contracts:

A133-2009: Owner-Construction Manager as Constructor Agreement
A195-2008: Owner-Contractor Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery
A295-2008: General Conditions of the Contract for Integrated Project Delivery
B195-2008: Owner-Architect Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery

Sample Documents Referenced in the ARE found on here

ARE 4.0 Retirement FAQ's

Now that the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 4.0 has retired, you may be wondering what happens next. Whether you’ve been planning your transition to ARE 5.0 for a long time or you’re just getting familiar with the new exam, here are answers to some of your frequently asked questions.



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