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. 

Project Management Details:

  • Number of items: 75
  • Test duration: 3 hr
  • Allowed break time: 30 min
  • Total appointment time: 3 hr 40 min

Preparing for Project Management? NCARB has created a full-length, scored practice exam specific to Project Management now available for free in the Practice Exam Dashboard in your NCARB Record if you have ARE eligibilities. You can also find more details and suggested references in our ARE 5.0 Guidelines and test prep video series.

PjM includes sections on the following content areas:

  • Resource Management
    • Determine criteria required to assemble team
    • Assess criteria required to allocate and manage project resources
  • Project Work Planning
    • Develop and maintain project work plan
    • Determine criteria required to develop and maintain project schedule
    • Determine appropriate communication to project team—owner, contractor, consultants and internal staff
  • Contracts
    • Evaluate and verify adherence to owner/architect agreement
    • Interpret key elements of, and verify adherence to architect/consultant agreement
    • Interpret key elements of the owner/contractor agreement
    • Interpret key elements of the owner/consultant agreement to integrate the consultant’s work into the project
  • Project Execution
    • Evaluate compliance with construction budget
    • Evaluate and address changes in scope of work and scope creep
    • Evaluate project documentation to ensure it supports the specified delivery method
    • Identify and conform with the requirements set forth by authorities having jurisdiction in order to obtain approvals for the project
  • Project Quality Control
    • Apply procedures required for adherence to laws and regulations relating to the project
    • Identify steps in maintaining project quality control, and reducing risks and liabilities
    • Perform quality control reviews of project documentation throughout life of project
    • Evaluate management of the design process to maintain integrity of design objectives