Better Plans — Better Projects

It's all about YOU! Helping you create better plans in less time and making sure you get compensated the way you deserve. As a result, your projects will run smoother and be more profitable.

Our Mission

We believe that the design process of any project is the most important part of the job, and that better plans means better projects. To this end, we strive to give you the best training, tools, and resources you need to complete your plans as quickly and accurately as possible using Chief Architect. You deserve to be compensated fairly for the knowledge, time, and expertise you put into completing each plan.

Dan Baumann, Chief Architect Expert

Dan Baumann is the founder of Chief Experts Academy, a resource-packed treasure trove of information which provides ongoing training, support, and content for contractors and designers involved in the sales and development of plans for residential and light commercial buildings.

Dan has more than 24 years of experience using and teaching Chief Architect, and his 20 years of experience as a remodeling contractor gives him the insights necessary to understand what it takes to run a successful design-build construction company.

Dan's passion for helping designers and contractors maximize the compensation generated from their design services helps ensure that their design sales become the profit center that these businesses deserve.

Through the experience of drawing thousands of plans and teaching thousands of people the best practices for Chief Architect, Dan looks forward to also helping you create better plans in less time for higher profits.

How We Can Help You

Chief Experts Academy is the number one resource for training, support, and content for contractors and designers involved in the sales and development of plans for residential and light commercial buildings.

We offer courses from leading construction industry professionals, helping you implement strategies for many areas of your business, including:

  • Discovering the best practices of using Chief Architect. What works best and what to avoid.
  • Creating the business you've always wanted with a strategic business planning and development road map.
  • Attracting the clients you want to work with using planned and creative sales and marketing systems.
  • Running your business more effectively and profitably with proven business management and finance strategies.
  • Discovering technology apps and software that will benefit your business.

With the goal of making the planning services in your business a profit center, the courses offered at Chief Experts Academy focus on maximizing returns from the plans you create for your clients.

Our mission is to give you the tools you need to design and implement plans that will attract the right types of clients and projects, all while running an efficient and profitable business.

Chief Experts makes working with Chief Architect easier—saving you time, money & frustration.

Current Products, Training and Services

Pro Academy Members 

As a member of Pro Academy, you'll get the training and tools you need to get the most out of Chief Architect and your design services.

  • Chief Architect training webinars and office hours
  • Chief Architect templates and how to use them
  • PLUS: Forms, guest speakers, tidbits, and more

On-Demand Chief Architect Training

Discover how you can master your Chief Architect CAD software with this comprehensive, full-featured, on-demand training course.

  • Brought to you by Chief Expert, Dan Baumann
  • Fully indexed to find the topics you want
  • Master Chief in 30 days, an hour a day

Live Training Events

Live events give you the opportunity to ask questions in real-time. Our immersive training events are a learning experience like no other. 

  • Pro Academy Training Events
  • Immersive Training Events
  • Guest Speaker Educational Events

Services and Coaching

For one-on-one help with a plan, learning Chief Architect or business coaching, contact Dan to see how he can help you. 

  • One-on-one Chief Architect training and/or help with a plan
  • Chief Architect training for your team at your office
  • Design-build business coaching

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