Career Certified Acquires ARE® Innovator Amber Book

DENVER, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Career Certified acquired Amber Book, a leader in online architecture exam preparation that differentiates itself with high-quality, engaging and lively content, created with neatly cut topics that focus on -performance review areas. Promising continued growth on what has already captured the industry’s attention for online real estate, mortgage lending and home inspection education, Career Certified has just expanded its impact on education in the field of architecture.

Founded by Michael Ermann – an award-winning architect, award-winning educator and the first person to pass all six AREs® 5.0 Divisions—Amber Book has experienced steady upward organic growth. This territory has been claimed by completely revamping the mindset around test prep education, relying on unique animation and developing an in-depth view of real-world application. Amber Book targets exam prep content to focus on the most relevant areas of ARE® exam, offering the highest probability of passing in the minimum number of hours of study. The innovative content and learning methodology created by Amber Book is aimed at a higher ARE® exam pass rate.

What started as a subterranean suite quickly grew with the best in architecture. Amber Book’s flagship free weekly online study sessions, “40 Minutes of Competence,” offer engaging problem-based, story-driven content for those seeking licensure. Mr. Ermann and the entire team behind Amber Book are fully integrated into the architecture community and recognized as authentic and approachable thought leaders.

“Amber Book embodies much of our DNA towards innovation to better educate, and if there was ever rock star status to be claimed in architecture, Michael Ermann claimed it early on through his dedication to practice,” said Gary Weiss, CEO of Career Certified. . “As I’ve said before, our commitment is that within the Career Certified family, enrollees will receive the most innovative, outcomes-based, and superior education to provide career freedom. We simply seek to amplify the impact of Amber Book on generations of architects to come.”

The benefit this transaction brings to the market is immeasurable. Career Certified can leverage its operational excellence in sales, marketing, and product innovation while retaining both the Amber Book team and core and growing in continuing education for architecture (and even more).

“From the start, our goal was to help as many practitioners as possible become licensed,” explained Michael Ermann, creator of Amber Book. “Collaborating with Career Certified not only achieves this goal, but also provides us with an acceleration of innovation for the architecture. Through this partnership and the operational excellence that Career Certified brings to us, we are strengthening our leadership and influencing the success of more emerging professionals earning a license.”

Career Certified combines advanced, easy-to-use platforms with a deep understanding of student needs to guide them in their new career. Students receive the education and continuous professional development to excel and ultimately provide career freedom. Education is tailored to each profession served, providing each student with a solid foundation for success. Career Certified is tailored for career professionals, built by career professionals.

About the Amber Book
With the video series they created, Amber Book has helped 17,000 emerging professionals study for architecture licensing exams. Michael Ermann, the creator of the course, was the first person in the country to pass all six AREs® 5.0 divisions, and the small portion of the course posted on YouTube has over 7 million views and over 35,000 subscribers. Michael is a full professor at Virginia Tech, where he taught studio design, building systems, building materials and methods, and advanced architectural acoustics for 21 years. Professor Ermann won 14 education, to research and pattern price and published the book Illustrated architectural acoustics (Wiley, 2015). He’s pretty sure he knows more about those licensing exams than anyone in the world. He will remain with Amber Book as he joins Career Certified.

About Certified Career
Career Certified elevates modern education while accelerating student success in certified professions. From pre-licensing, licensing and continuing education courses to tools for a professional’s entire career lifecycle, the company combines an easy-to-use platform and flexible learning options with an in-depth understanding of students’ needs conducive to guiding them towards careers. freedom. Visit to learn more. Career Certified is backed by Waud Capital Partners, a leading growth-focused private equity firm with total capital commitments of approximately $3.5 billion. For more information, visit

Throughout the acquisition, Tyton Partners acted as financial advisor and Executive Counsel PLC acted as legal advisor to Amber Book. Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as counsel to Career Certified.

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