ARE 5.0 Firm Licenses

Give your staff the tools they need to get licensed on their first try

Meet with someone on our team to learn how Black Spectacles can work for your firm, and to get a custom pricing plan. 

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Give your staff the best chance to pass the ARE the first time

Black Spectacles members report passing ARE 5.0 at a 29% higher rate than the NCARB average.

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Designed with architects in mind

Black Spectacles is more than just study materials—it’s an evidence-based curriculum designed by experts to help your candidates actually learn the material and become better architects. 

All our content is reviewed by registered architects, and our internal team of learning designers and curriculum experts read through all the ARE guidelines to distill the most important information.

Now, your candidates don't have to guess what's on the exam. Instead, they can follow our curriculum and know exactly what they need to prepare for exam day. 

Make use of a holistic learning environment

All our content is mapped directly to NCARB guidelines and objectives, so your staff will be learning exactly what they need for prepare the exam. 

We know that everyone learns differently—which is why we’ve created a holistic  learning environment with different materials that work for all kinds of learners. And with a firm membership, you get access to all of them, automatically.

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Group reporting

Manage your group and delegate access

Got a new employee? Someone passed the ARE and doesn't need their license anymore? As a group admin you can add and remove users to your group totally on your own time, whenever you need to make a change.

To help you keep track of who's making the most of your Black Spectacles membership, our group analytics reporting makes it easy for you to see who's signed in, which materials they've used, and which exams they've reported passing. 

Even though all this information is available to you all the time, you don't have to go at it totally alone. When you sign up for a firm license, you get a dedicated account manager who can always answer questions, help troubleshoot, and be a resource for you and your employees to lean on. 

25,000+ architects trust Black Spectacles for their ARE 5.0 study materials—more than any provider. See what they have to say:

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