Navigate / search

ARE & Licensure

AIA Hong Kong is honored to be a recipient of the Emerging Professionals Grant from AIA College of Fellows. At present, Hong Kong is one of three sites outside of the U.S. where ARE is offered. The grant will support the Chapter in organizing study sessions and gathering resources to assist candidates in licensure.


ARE Study Group

Led by licensed AIA Hong Kong members, our study sessions integrate content review, study strategies, tips and tricks, and sample questions.  If you would like to be added to the notification list related to ARE, email our Young Architects Group at  Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, email address, and any particular areas of interest.


ARE Library

Our Chapter also maintains the following ARE study materials at our office in PMQ for members’ use.  Not an AIA member? Join today to start your path to licensure.


Kaplan Architecture Education

2014 study guide, questions & answers handbooks, flashcards of following divisions:

  • Building Design & Construction Systems (BDCS)
  • Building Systems (BS)
  • Construction Documents & Services (CDS)
  • Programming, Planning & Practice (PPP)
  • Schematic Design (SD)
  • Site Planning & Design (SPD)
  • Structural Systems (SS)


PPi / Leppo & Ballast

  • Construction Documents & Services (CDS)
  • Programming, Planning & Practice (PPP)


AIA Contract Documents

Following AIA Contract Documents sample are available for ARE candidates to use in each of the settings described in the Construction Documents and Services division of the ARE.

  • A101-2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
  • A201-2007, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction
  • A701-1997, Instructions to Bidders
  • B101-2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • C401-2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant
  • A305-1986, Contractor’s Qualification Statement
  • G701-2001, Change Order
  • G702-1992, Application and Certificate for Payment
  • G703-1992, Continuation Sheet
  • G704-2000, Certificate of Substantial Completion



  • ARE 4.0 Handbook
  • ARE 5.0 Handbook


General Reference

  • International Building Code 2012
  • Building Construction Illustrated, by Francis Ching


California Supplementary Examination

Pass x Flash CSE


Licensure Links