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Practice Management

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

ItemsTest DurationAppointment Time
802 hr 45 min3 hr 30 min

Sections

Section 1 – Business Operations

Section 2 – Finances, Risk, & Development of Services

Section 3 – Practice-Wide Delivery of Services

Section 4 – Practice Methodologies


Project Management

Project Management (PjM) focuses on the management of architectural projects, including organizing principles, contract management, and consultant management. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in quality control, project team configuration, and project scheduling.

ItemsTest DurationAppointment Time
953 hr 15 min4 hr

Sections

Section 1 – Resource Management

Section 2 – Project Work Planning

Section 3 – Contracts

Section 4 – Project Execution

Section 5 – Project Quality Control


Programming & Analysis

Programming & Analysis (PA) focuses on the evaluation of project requirements, constraints, and opportunities. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in project type analysis, the establishment of qualitative and quantitative project requirements, evaluation of project site and context, and assessment of economic issues.

ItemsTest DurationAppointment Time
953 hr 15 min4 hr

Sections

Section 1 – Environmental & Contextual Conditions

Section 2 – Codes & Regulations

Section 3 – Site Analysis & Programming

Section 4 – Business Analysis & Programming


Project Planning & Design

Project Planning & Design (PPD) focuses on the preliminary design of sites and buildings. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in design concepts, sustainability/environmental design, universal design, and other forms of governing codes and regulations.

ItemsTest DurationAppointment Time
1204 hr 15 min5 hr

Sections

Section 1 – Environmental & Contextual Conditions

Section 2 – Codes & Regulations

Section 3 – Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies

Section 4 – Project Integration of Program & Systems

Section 5 – Project Costs & Budgeting


Project Development & Documentation

Project Development & Documentation (PDD) focuses on the integration and documentation of building systems, material selection, and material assemblies into a project. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in integration of civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and specialty systems into overall project design and documentation.

ItemsTest DurationAppointment Time
1204 hr 15 min5 hr

Sections

Section 1 – Integration of Building Materials & Systems

Section 2 – Construction Documentation

Section 3 – Project Manual & Specifications

Section 4 – Codes & Regulations

Section 5 – Construction Cost Estimates


Construction & Evaluation

Construction & Evaluation (CE) focuses on construction contract administration and post-occupancy evaluation of projects. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in construction contract execution, construction support services (including construction observation and shop drawing or submittal review), payment request processing, and project closeout, as well as project evaluation of integrated building systems and their performance.

ItemsTest DurationAppointment Time
953 hr 15 min4 hr

Sections

Section 1 – Preconstruction Activities

Section 2 – Construction Observation

Section 3 – Administrative Procedures & Protocols

Section 4 – Project Closeout & Evaluation

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