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Practice Management

Pass PcM with NCARB-approved test prep

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The first ARE® 5.0 Practice Management (PcM) study materials with the NCARB stamp of approval. Prep with Video Lectures, Practice Exams, Digital Flashcards and Practical Application Videos. Prepare on your own schedule, or with your peers in one of our Virtual Workshops. All materials are designed by ARE veterans and built in alignment with NCARB’s exam objectives.


About Practice Management

The Practice Management (PcM) exam focuses on managing an architectural office. The PcM division covers legal structures, risk management, financial metrics, and the regulations that govern the work environment. Ready to tackle business plans, staffing charts, and responses to RFPs? We’ll help you learn it all. Here’s how NCARB structures the PcM exam:

  • Business Operations

    13-17 expected items, 20-26% target percentage

    • Assessing resources within the practice
    • Applying the regulations and requirements governing the work environment
    • Applying ethical standards to comply with accepted principles within a given situation
    • Applying appropriate Standard of Care within a given situation
  • Practice-wide Delivery of Services

    14-18 expected items, 20-28% target percentage

    • Analyzing and determine response for client services requests
    • Analyzing applicability of contract types and delivery methods
    • Determining potential risk, reward, and impact of a project
  • Finances, Risk & Development of Practice

    19-23 expected items, 29-35% target percentage

    • Evaluating the financial well-being of the percentage
    • Identifying practice policies and methodologies for risk, legal exposures, and resolutions
    • Selecting and applying practice strategies for a given business situation and policy
  • Practice Methodologies

    11-15 expected items, 17-23% target percentage

    • Analyzing the impact of practice methodologies relative to structure and organization of the practice
    • Evaluating design, coordination, and documentation methodologies for the practice

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ARE® Overall Practice Management (PcM) Project Management (PjM) Programming & Analysis (P&A) Project Planning & Design (PP&D) Project Dev. & Documenation (PD&D) Construction & Evaluation (C&E) Pass Rate Black Spectacles National Avg. 75% 54%

Our members report passing PcM at a % higher rate than the NCARB-published national average.*

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