Architect Registration Examination® (ARE) Prep

Taking the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE) can be a daunting process. But we’re here to help.

What is the ARE?

The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE) is a series of exams, which are required to practice as an architect in the state of Colorado, that assess candidates for their knowledge, skills and ability to provide architecture services.


AIA Colorado Resource Library for Members

Free ARE study materials are available to members for checkout at the AIA Colorado office, including study guides, practice exams and flashcards. Review the lending procedures before you come to the office to pick up the materials or contact Carin Haen with questions.

AIA Colorado Path to Licensure Program

Prep for the ARE (Architect Registration Examination) through a mixture of lectures by experts, resource sharing with fellow architects, information on what to expect, study tips and more. Each ARE 5.0 test will be covered in-depth through a series of seven sessions. You will also have an opportunity to attend study groups between sessions. And the best part? This series has been tailored to fit your personal study schedule – attend all seven sessions or individual sessions, based on where you are in the examination process!

Click here for info on upcoming sessions.


Ballast and Brightwood Architecture Education (formerly Kaplan) offer discounts on study materials to AIA Colorado members.

  • Ballast Study Guides – Receive a 15% discount by visiting You will not need a code. The discount is valid for select individual titles, not packages, which are already discounted. Contact Professional Publications, Inc., with any issues at 800.426.1178.
  • Brightwood Architecture Education Study Materials– AIA Colorado members receive a 20% discount.  Just login to the AIA Colorado Brightwood portal. This is also where you can access the Qbanks for each exam section.