FAQ

Frequently asked questions

SIMPLY EXPERIENCE

Do you guarantee job placement at the end of the workshop?


All students have a high chance of beign employed shortly after the workshop if they passed the perfomance review throughout it. That said, no job placement is guaranteed.




Are you registered as a Private Career College in Ontario?


Our workshops are categorized as "Professional Development and Skill Upgrading" according to the "Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development" and therefore requires no registration.




Can i claim this workshop from a grant?


We provide an official receipt for TAX purposes. Please refer to your grant provider for eligibility and requirements.




Can i pay the fees on installements?


Unfortunatelly, all fees have to be paid in full prior to starting the workshop.




Would i be refunded if the workshop is cancelled?


Should a workshop be cancelled by us a full refund will be provided to all registrants.




Do you sell the workshop material separately


Currently we do not sell the workshop material separately as they are fundamentally connected with the class presentation, and would not be useful without attending.




Who is the teacher?


The teacher is Mazen Alkhaddam, please see Bio below:

Mazen Alkhaddam is Architect for over 30 Years, Licensed member of OAA, experience obtained in all spectrum of architecture from Design to Occupancy. My background values were covered in the following categories:

1. Master Degree in Architecture & Planning, Ion Mincu Institute in Bucharest, Romania, 1986

2. Building Code Consultant , Practice Adviser and Technical Adviser

3. Member of BCC Building Code Commission and a Councilor at OAA Ontario Architects Association

4. Expressed high value on sustainability and Earth friendly, with large experience in LEED being LEEDAP

5. Advocate for Barrier-Free and Accessibility,

6. Creating and Administering Construction contracts "CCDC2", Risk management, Initial budget, Scope of Work, Tendering, Bidding & Negotiation, Final budget, Project schedule, Consultants coordination, Tarion confirmation, Change orders, Deficiencies, Occupancy, Close-out.

7. Teaching Project Management and Building code since the 90th, and training new staff

8. PM. Projects Management from Acquisition to Close-out and Risk Management

9. Design from concept to occupancy including Construction document and project administration.

10. Practice creating construction documents, Coordination, Building systems and Materials, Field review, etc..

11. Computer literate in AutoCad “2015”, Revit , MS Project, MS Office and other Software knowledge.

12. Problem Solving, Risk Management




Do you provide a certificate of attendance?


Yes, all attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance.




Do you provide private tutoring/sessions?


Yes! We can accommodate private tutoring session for those with tight schedule or traveling from outside the providence/country. Please contact us at info@simplyexam.ca and we will make sure to prepare a package that suits your need.




I can't attend the workshop due to personal reasons, can I cancel my registration?


I can't attend the workshop due to personal reasons, can I cancel my registration? Yes, you can cancel your registration 30 days BEFORE the first workshop scheduled date. A 25% of the receipt value will be deducted as an administration fee




Does the workshop includes drafting CAD training?


No, we do not provide any CAD trainig. In fact, Basic CAD skills are prerequisite to attend the workshop.




Would you offer a mackup class if i missed on session?


Due to the fast pace of this workshop, its not possible to provide any make up classes. All attendees are required to attend all sessions on time to be eligible for Co-op placement





SIMPLY ExAM

Is the workshop approved by the ExAC committee and/or OAA?


Although the ExAC committee and/or OAA do not endorse any preparation workshop for the ExAC, we made sure to coordinate our objectives with them and that we are not in conflict with their regulations.




Do you sell the workshop material separately?


Currently we do not sell the workshop material separately as they are fundamentally connected with the class presentation, and would not be useful without attending.
That said, we are working on a stand alone version and will announce to all subscribers.




Do you provide mockup questions?


Just like LEED and PMP, sharing exam questions is illegal in Canada. Therefore, we do not provide mockup questions. That said, we make sure you understand all answers so that you are prepared for any questioning scenario.




Are you registered with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities?


Our workshop is categorized as "Exam Preparation" according to the ministry and therefore requires no registration




Do you provide a certificate of attendance?


Yes, all attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance.




Do you provide private tutoring/sessions?


Yes! We can accommodate private tutoring session for those with tight schedule or traveling for outside the providence/country. Please contact us and we will make sure to prepare a package that suits your need.




Are you endorsed by the ExAC committee?


The ExAC committee does not endorse any workshop.




Is the material endorsed by the ExAC committee?


No, Please refer to the ExAC site for a complete list of references.




Would the workshop material be sufficient to pass the ExAC?


Our study materials are guidelines and outlines of the ExAC key objectives. They help the student in organizing thoughts and very helpful for fast reading before the exam. That said, they are NOT enough to pass the ExAC and do not form part of its references, please refer to the ExAC website for a complete list of approved references




Do I have to study other than what was discussed in the workshop?


Yes, this Workshop will not cover everything in architecture. Personal practice experience should be coupled with reading references indicated on the ExAC site on your own time is required.




Should I start preparing for the ExAC before or after the workshop?


We suggest you review the ExAC references before you attend our workshops to get the maximum out of your time with us. And to ask whatever question you faced during your previous study.




Would I be refunded if the workshop is cancelled?


Should a workshop or all of them be cancelled by SIMPLY ExAM, a full refund will be provided to all registrants.




I can't attend the workshop due to personal reasons, can I cancel my registration?


Yes, you can cancel your registration only 30 days BEFORE the first workshop scheduled date. A 25% of the receipt value will be deducted as an administration fee




I've never opened the NBC, would you explain it all?


We highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the NBC before you attend. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Explaining the structure and relationships within the code
  • Find your way in the code
  • Imagine a building and apply code requirements
  • A part 9 scenario
  • A part 3 scenario
  • A dedicated period for questions




Can I ask questions throughout the workshop?


Due to the dense material and short period in which it shall be presented, all attendees are requested to keep their questions to the 1 hour dedicated time at the end of each workshop.




What are your passing rates?


Every year we conduct a follow up anonymous survey to see who passed and who didn't from our students. The following numbers are based on those who contacted us with their results: 2017- 96.5% 2018- 98% 2019- 96%




Who teaches the workshops?


Every year, we partner with senior licensed architects who have 20-30 years of Canadian architectural practice experience. Some of them are RAIC fellows, and some are members of the OAA council.





ARCH-PRENEUR

Do you provide any certificate at the end of every workshop?


A certificate of attendance will be provided to every attendee.




Who is the teacher?


The teacher is Mazen Alkhaddam, please see Bio below:

Mazen Alkhaddam is Architect for over 30 Years, Licensed member of OAA, experience obtained in all spectrum of architecture from Design to Occupancy. My background values were covered in the following categories:

1. Master Degree in Architecture & Planning, Ion Mincu Institute in Bucharest, Romania, 1986

2. Building Code Consultant , Practice Adviser and Technical Adviser

3. Member of BCC Building Code Commission and a Councilor at OAA Ontario Architects Association

4. Expressed high value on sustainability and Earth friendly, with large experience in LEED being LEEDAP

5. Advocate for Barrier-Free and Accessibility,

6. Creating and Administering Construction contracts "CCDC2", Risk management, Initial budget, Scope of Work, Tendering, Bidding & Negotiation, Final budget, Project schedule, Consultants coordination, Tarion confirmation, Change orders, Deficiencies, Occupancy, Close-out.

7. Teaching Project Management and Building code since the 90th, and training new staff

8. PM. Projects Management from Acquisition to Close-out and Risk Management

9. Design from concept to occupancy including Construction document and project administration.

10. Practice creating construction documents, Coordination, Building systems and Materials, Field review, etc..

11. Computer literate in AutoCad “2015”, Revit , MS Project, MS Office and other Software knowledge.

12. Problem Solving, Risk Management




Do you sell the workshop materials separately?


Currently we do not sell the workshop material separately as they are fundamentally connected with the class presentation, and would not be useful without attending.




Are you registered with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities?


Our workshop is categorized as "Exam Preparation" according to the ministry and therefore requires no registration




I can't attend the workshop due to personal reasons, can I cancel my registration?


Yes, you can cancel your registration only 30 days BEFORE the first workshop scheduled date. A 25% of the receipt value will be deducted as an administration fee




Would I be refunded if the workshop is cancelled?


Should a workshop or all of them be cancelled by SIMPLY ExAM, a full refund will be provided to all registrants.




Do you provide private tutoring/sessions?


Yes! We can accommodate private tutoring session for those with a tight schedule or traveling from outside the province/country. Please contact us and we will make sure to prepare a package that suits your need.





SIMPLY CODE

Are there any prerequisites for OBC9 or OBC3?


OBC9 has no prerequisites, anyone emerging into architecture can register and will learn the code from scratch.
That said, OBC3 is an advanced workshop where attendees need strong basic knowledge of the code in order to keep up with the workshop pace. We recommend attending OBC9 first then OBC3.




Do you provide any certificate at the end of every workshop?


A certificate of attendance will be provided to every attendee.




Who is the teacher?


The teacher is Mazen Alkhaddam, please see Bio below:

Mazen Alkhaddam is Architect for over 30 Years, Licensed member of OAA, experience obtained in all spectrum of architecture from Design to Occupancy. My background values were covered in the following categories:

1. Master Degree in Architecture & Planning, Ion Mincu Institute in Bucharest, Romania, 1986

2. Building Code Consultant , Practice Adviser and Technical Adviser

3. Member of BCC Building Code Commission and a Councilor at OAA Ontario Architects Association

4. Expressed high value on sustainability and Earth friendly, with large experience in LEED being LEEDAP

5. Advocate for Barrier-Free and Accessibility,

6. Creating and Administering Construction contracts "CCDC2", Risk management, Initial budget, Scope of Work, Tendering, Bidding & Negotiation, Final budget, Project schedule, Consultants coordination, Tarion confirmation, Change orders, Deficiencies, Occupancy, Close-out.

7. Teaching Project Management and Building code since the 90th, and training new staff

8. PM. Projects Management from Acquisition to Close-out and Risk Management

9. Design from concept to occupancy including Construction document and project administration.

10. Practice creating construction documents, Coordination, Building systems and Materials, Field review, etc..

11. Computer literate in AutoCad “2015”, Revit , MS Project, MS Office and other Software knowledge.

12. Problem Solving, Risk Management




Do you sell the workshop materials separately?


Currently we do not sell the workshop material separately as they are fundamentally connected with the class presentation, and would not be useful without attending.




Do you provide OBC exam services that is acknowledged by the Ministry of Housing and Affairs?


Currently we do not provide any code exams.




Are you listed with the ministry of colleges?


Our workshop is categorized as "Exam Preparation" according to the ministry and therefore requires no registration.




I can't attend the workshop due to personal reasons, can I cancel my registration?


Yes, you can cancel your registration only 30 days BEFORE the first workshop scheduled date. A 25% of the receipt value will be deducted as an administration fee




Would I be refunded if the workshop is cancelled?


Should a workshop or all of them be cancelled by SIMPLY ExAM, a full refund will be provided to all registrants.




Do you provide private tutoring/sessions?


Yes! We can accommodate private tutoring session for those with a tight schedule or traveling from outside the province/country. Please contact us and we will make sure to prepare a package that suits your need.





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