Emerging Professionals ~ ARE and more!

ARE 4.0 Seminar Series
Chapter is taking a new approach to our Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) preparation seminars and have  teamed up with Funkaar Studios to provide our ARE and CSE courses.

Funkaar Studios has the largest ARE program in the nation and has successfully prepared over 10,000 attendees nationwide. Instructors are qualified, licensed architects as well as university level professors and, according to Funkaar surveys, students average an 83% pass rate per ARE division.

The Chapter hosted a sample class to provide an opportunity to experience the Funkaar teaching style and course content.  Several AIACV Associates attended and feedback was very positive:

“The instruction style was the best I’ve ever seen….”

“The presentation is dynamic, and it kept all students motivated.”

“The instructor covered what appeared to be the major points of the exam, and what issues will be brought up on the exam and provided focal points for study and great guidance on the vignette.”

“The course was very helpful in terms of discipline and scheduling, especially working full-time with a kid.  The day-by-day syllabus and exam schedule was, ultimately, what I needed to get the ARE’s done.  I passed every exam, and even moved the last couple of exams forward in order to finish before the holidays.  Three months was the right amount of time to get my friends and family on board—the end was always in sight.”

All classes will be held in the AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Suite 100.

AIA members in active, good standing will receive a $100 discount off full course bundle registration only. Payment plans are now available. Please click on the registration link for more information.


The 2014 ARE course schedule is in the works, please check back. Courses will begin in September 2014 and run through December 2014.

For more information visit:  www.funkaarstudios.com

AIACV Lending Library
The Chapter has Kaplan study material available for Associate members to borrow. We have three complete library sets of the Kaplan ARE 4.0 study materials. Each set includes:

Programming Planning & Practice: Study guide, Online Testing Access, Practice Vignette Book, Question & Answer Book, Flashcards Set

Site Planning & Design: Study guide, Online Testing Access, Practice Vignette Book, Question & Answer Book, Flashcards Set

Building Design & Construction Systems: Study guide, Online Testing Access,  Practice Vignette Book, Question & Answer Book, Flashcards Set

Building Systems: Study guide, Online Testing Access, Practice Vignette Book, Question & Answer Book, Flashcards Set

Structural Systems: Study guide, Online Testing Access, Practice Vignette Book, Question & Answer Book, Flashcards Set

Construction Documents & Services: Study guide, Online Testing Access, Practice Vignette Book

Schematic Design: Study guide, Online Testing Access, Practice Vignette Book

Architectural History: Study guide

In addition to the Kaplan materials we have a LEED Green Associate study pack, handy (and still relevant) ArchiFlash cards, and SOLUTIONS: Understanding the Graphic Vignettes of the Architect Regsitration Exam by Norman Dorf, AIA as well as multiple David Kent Ballast study guides.

Library materials can be checked out by AIA Associate members for 3 week periods. Please call the chapter office to inquire if materials are available.

Library Update: AIACV added new materials in 2013 and a new library policy. Click here for a current list of our materials. Click here for the library check out policy.

Have suggestions for new materials for our library? Email us at info@aiacv.org

Want to know what is going on at the state level for emerging professionals? Click here to visit the AIACC website.

The National AIA web site has extensive information and links for those who are working toward licensure.

Visit the Emerging Professional’s Companion, an online source for interns to gain IDP credit. EPC can also be used by educators, ARE® candidates, young architects, firms, and AIA components to enhance or create new learning opportunities.

Feel free to contact the 2014 Emerging Professional Director Mike Novak, AIA or Associate Director, Laura Wood, Assoc. AIA with any questions.

Additional Resources

Click here to get information about architecture careers and education

Click here to visit the California Architecture Board website for information on the licensing process and forms.

Path to Licensure Cheat Sheet – A Guide for Understanding the Requirements for an Architecture License in the state of California.