Practice Management (PcM) focuses on the management of architectural practice, including professional ethics, fiduciary responsibilities, and the regulations governing the practice of architecture. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in business structure, business development, and asset development and protection. 

Practice Management Details
Items Test Duration Appointment Time
80 2 hr 45 min 3 hr 30 min

Practice Management Details Effective December 14, 2020
Items Test Duration Appointment Time
65 2 hr 40 min 3 hr 20 min

Preparing for Practice Management? You can find more details, sample questions, and suggested references in our ARE 5.0 Handbook and prep series video

Note: there are currently two versions of the ARE 5.0 Handbook. Be sure to access the correct version: 

  • ARE 5.0 Handbook  Effective Now - December 14, 2020 
  • ARE 5.0 Handbook  Effective December 14, 2020, and onward (features reduced item counts and updated appointment times)

PcM includes sections on the following content areas:

  • Business Operations
    • Assess resources within the practice
    • Apply the regulations and requirements governing the work environment
    • Apply ethical standards to comply with accepted principles within a given situation
    • Apply appropriate Standard of Care within a given situation
  • Finances, Risk, & Development of Practice
    • Evaluate the financial well-being of the practice
    • Identify practice policies and methodologies for risk, legal exposures, and resolutions
    • Select and apply practice strategies for a given business situation and policy
  • Practice-Wide Delivery of Services
    • Analyze and determine response for client services requests
    • Analyze applicability of contract types and delivery methods
    • Determine potential risk and/or reward of a project and its impact on the practice
  • Practice Methodologies
    • Analyze the impact of practice methodologies relative to structure and organization of the practice
    • Evaluate design, coordination, and documentation methodologies for the practice