Master Chief Architect in Just 3 Days!

Join us in Bloomington, MN, on October 23, 24 & 25, 2023

Join other Remodelers, Home Builders & Designers to Discover How To Create & Sell Amazing Home Plans Using Chief Architect. Join us in a live training class to discover the best way to profit using Chief Architect.

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Chief Architect Training Classes

If you're struggling to get the results you want from Chief Architect, we're here to help.

Join us for three days of in-depth instruction on the best practices for creating a complete set of plans in Chief Architect. 

Day 1 - Starting and Layout Your Plan

Day 2: - Adding Detail & Pulling Your Plan Together

Day 3 - Assembling The Working Drawings

Discovering Best Practices of Using Chief Architect

This class is for the beginner and intermediate users of Chief who want to learn the right way to set up and use the many functions within the program and discover time-tested and proven techniques to draw plans faster

Day 1 - Starting and Layout Your Plan

This class is for the beginner and intermediate users of Chief who want to learn the correct way to set up and start laying out a plan.

  • Introduction and Overview of Chief Architect
  • Opening your New Plan Template. How templates work
  • Review the "Best Practices" for completing a plan
  • Basic Keystrokes and Mouse Functions
  • Using and understanding the 2D CAD function in Chief
  • How to dimension the different views on your plan
  • The proper way to create & lay out walls, pony walls & rooms
  • Adding Garage rooms
  • Adding Decks and Porches
  • Creating floors and more accurate models, including foundations
  • Adding, positioning, and grouping windows and doors
  • Simple methods for adding various types of stairs
  • Using the automatic and manual roof tools


Day 2: - Adding Detail & Pulling Your Plan Together

Discover how to add more detail to your model, including roofs, cabinets, and more, as you get your plan detailed and ready for creating the working drawings using the Layout.

  • Continuation of roofs. How to create any roof manually
  • How to quickly create a 1-1/2 story model
  • Adding dormers and other roof items
  • Setting up and creating a cabinet layout and plan
  • Simple techniques to create bathrooms & showers
  • Creating and using slabs and molding polylines
  • Creating and using symbols and images
  • Adding cameras and using the rendering tools
  • Adding Framing and creating cross-sections
  • Introduction to layers and layer sets
  • Introduction to Annotations
  • Introduction to Assembling your views using the layout pages

Day 3 - Assembling The Working Drawings

In this session, we'll add more detail to the plan as you discover how to create construction details and assemble a complete set of plans on the Layout.

  • Downloading and saving the supplied templates and sample plan
  • Overview of the Layout template and its relationship to the plan
  • Using the Project Browser and Saved Plan Views
  • How pages are added and customized in the Layout
  • Master Borders and Macros used in layouts
  • Adding the different types of View Ports to the Layout
  • Scale and page size options for layouts
  • Automating linking and callouts on the Layout
  • Setting up, customizing, and using annotations and text styles
  • Creating and customizing layers and layer sets
  • Using Saved Plan Views effectively
  • Q&A

Bonuses You'll Get When Attend

Once you enroll for this course you'll have access to the members portal where you will be able to:

  • Post questions that we will cover in class.
  • Access the contact list of those at the event.
  • Watch the class Introductory Video.
  • Get the template and plan downloads with instructions.

Dan has been working on the Chief Architect plan and layout template that he uses in his classes for many years. You'll have access to these templates and will use them during the training classes.

You'll also get access to the plans that will be used during the class.

Class Will Be Held at the Hampton Inn Suites Minneapolis St Paul Airport-Mall of America

Location & Times

Hampton Inn Suites Minneapolis St Paul Airport-Mall of America
2860 Metro Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425
Hotel Phone: 952-854-7600
Google Map - Hotel Website

October 23, 24 & 25, 2023
8:00 – 8:30 Coffee and Rolls
8:30 – 12:00 Morning Session
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Provided)
1:00 – 4:30 Afternoon Session
Water, coffee, tea & soda are available all-day

Need A Place To Stay While You're In Town?

Stay at the Hampton Inn Suites Minneapolis St. Paul Airport-Mall of America. This is where the training will be held.

 Go Here to Reserve Your Room Online or call 952-854-7600

Mention you're with Chief Experts to get the group rate of $119 per night. This rate is guaranteed until 10-08-2023.


Chief is an Awesome Communication Tool

Hi Fellow Chief Architect Enthusiast,

For over 29 years, I've been using Chief Architect to draw plans for homeowners and contractors and have also had the privilege of teaching thousands of fantastic people the best ways to use Chief Architect.

Watching the transformations that occur when someone becomes fluent with Chief and learns how to use it to create amazing plans is gratifying.

At Chief Experts, we've been hard at work creating a new training format where we'll help you discover how to use the program's many features while progressing through the creation of an actual plan in a streamlined and systematized approach.

Using the new Plan and Layout templates we've developed that you will receive as part of this course, you'll instantly discover how to save tons of time on each project you design with Chief.

These templates are optimized to take advantage of the built-in functions of the program, so you can save time in making adjustments to layers, layer sets, dimensions, text, defaults, and other items each time you start a plan. They're already set up for you.

With 20 years of contracting and 29+ years of design and Chief Architect experience, I've condensed the essential things about Chief Architect into training classes that focus on helping you master the program and the process of creating a plan as fast as possible using the "Best Practices" approach.

I look forward to seeing you in my classes!

To your success,

Dan Baumann, Chief Experts Academy

Your Instructors

Dan Baumann

President Chief Experts Academy

With more than 30 years of experience using and teaching Chief Architect, Dan is highly qualified to teach you the best practices needed to complete your building plans and models using this software. His 20 years of experience as a remodeling contractor also give him insights into what it takes to run a successful design-build construction company.

Dan's passion for helping you learn how to maximize the compensation that you receive for your design services is what they need to ensure that your design sales become the profit center you deserve for your business.

John Schrader

President, John Schrader Construction

John has been involved in the residential remodeling and building industry for 38 years and has used Chief Architect in his business for over 18 years.

John will assist and share his passion and insights into how Chief works for him and how you can use it to improve your business. 

Testimonials

What Others Are Saying About These Events

This short clip was created for the 2023  Chief Experts Total Immersion Summit For Chief Architect Use promotion and it features a few of the attendees from previous Chief Experts Live Events along with Dan. 

"There is no better way to go about training. There's no better way to go about the comradery, the networking. This is the premier way to attend anything having to do with training, conferences, whatever - and in this case, Chief Architect. It's fantastic."

Kevin Transue, CHC Creative Remodeling

 
Watch more testimonials here

"Dan, ...you are a gifted teacher and big soul. I am grateful for the week spent under your guidance and am inspired that my tired old brain will actually learn this program now. I look forward to working with you by phone and in person in the coming months/years..... The students:.... again, I feel so lucky to have spent this time with each of you. I appreciated the camaraderie and help from those of you who actually understood the program, the time cooking and eating together, the discussion of personal/world views in a respectful setting, and the overall goodness that was present in this group. It was a special time that I will remember for a long time."

Jonathan Mills
Mills Builders

"To all of the Gang - You inspired me - I decided to keep on trying new things with Chief so I took my computer to a site measure yesterday and did the as-built drawing on site. I will need to get used to the extra time working on-site for a measure, but it worked out great. I realized, besides the benefit of being able to verify details as you are drawing, there is another benefit. I came back to my office with a drawing I could immediately start moving into design ideas while the inspiration from being in the actual spaces was still fresh. There was no lag time while I slogged through as-builts and then had to restart the creative part of the process. It will take some time to adjust to a measure taking longer, but I saved time over all and the process feels more fluid. Who knows what Dan will get us to try next!"

Margaret Griffith
Griffith Design

"I learned a lot and enjoyed meeting everyone there. Great bunch of folks, almost felt like being with a group of Texans. :-) The interaction during the fixing of meals, etc. was great and the help from those that were more advanced was appreciated."

Jim Aswell
Kingwood, TX

"It was a great week with lots of education in so many ways. Thanks Dan for a job well done and to all of my fellow class mates for a fun and relaxing environment. Think we should all consider a "Family" reunion to further our education sometime in the not too distant future. Thanks everyone!"

Kevin Kofron
Kofron Builders Inc.

" have taken several classes from Dan and I always learn new way of using the software to get more done is less time. All of his training is well worth the time, cost and effort. I will remain a client for years to come."

Debra Taylor Purvis
Design House, Inc.

"His ability to make the software do things is amazing. He helps us to think outside of the box in our design projects. If you're using Chief Architect software I strongly recommend working with Dan and all of his training."

Dennis Gehman
Gehman Custom Remodeling

"Dan had helped to give me a deep understanding of how Chief works. His classes are lively, entertaining and always very educational. I highly recommend all of the online and live training that Dan provides."

Kevin Transue
CHC Creative Remodeling

Secure your spot now, as spaces are limited!

Join us for an immersive three-day Chief Architect training experience led by two of the world's most renowned trainers.

Whether you're a new user seeking to master the software or an intermediate user looking to enhance your skills, this class is designed to equip you with the knowledge and techniques necessary to create a complete set of plans using Chief Architect.

Throughout the course, you will delve into the intricacies of Chief Architect, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the software's features and functionalities. Dan and John will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating detailed architectural plans, empowering you to bring your design visions to life with precision and efficiency.

By the end of this class, you will have honed your ability to navigate Chief Architect's powerful tools, harnessing their full potential to produce high-quality architectural designs.

Whether you're an aspiring architect, interior designer, or building professional, this training will elevate your proficiency and enable you to tackle complex projects confidently.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the best in the industry and unlock the true potential of Chief Architect. Enroll now and embark on a transformative journey toward becoming a skilled Chief Architect user.

All 3 Days of Chief Architect Training Oct. 23, 24 & 25, 2023

$1,397

  • Day 1 - Layout Your Plan
  • Day 2: - Adding Detail
  • Day 3 - Creating Working Drawings
  • Class Member Site Access
  • Plan and Layout Templates
  • Q&A Each Day
  • Lunch & Snacks Each Day
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All 3 Days of Chief Architect Training Oct. 23, 24 & 25, 2023

$2,294

  • Day 1 - Layout Your Plan
  • Day 2: - Adding Detail
  • Day 3 - Creating Working Drawings
  • Class Member Site Access
  • Plan and Layout Templates
  • Q&A Each Day
  • Lunch & Snacks Each Day
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All 3 Days of Chief Architect Training Oct. 23, 24 & 25, 2023

$3,391

  • Day 1 - Layout Your Plan
  • Day 2: - Adding Detail
  • Day 3 - Creating Working Drawings
  • Class Member Site Access
  • Plan and Layout Templates
  • Q&A Each Day
  • Lunch & Snacks Each Day
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Upon individual registration, you will receive automatic access to an online account, providing you with all the necessary information for the class.

  • If you are registering multiple individuals from the same company, we kindly request that you provide us with their contact details. Our team will promptly contact you to gather the required information and set up their online access.

  • Should you have any inquiries or require further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact Dan at 952-451-9911 or email him at [email protected]. He will be delighted to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Location & Times

Hampton Inn Suites Minneapolis St Paul Airport-Mall of America
2860 Metro Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425
Hotel Phone: 952-854-7600
Google Map - Hotel Website

8:00 – 8:30 Coffee and Rolls
8:30 – 12:00 Morning Session
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Provided)
1:00 – 4:30 Afternoon Session

Water, coffee, tea & soda are available all day.

Please let us know if you have any dietary concerns. Email [email protected]

Stay at the Hampton Inn Suites Minneapolis St Paul Airport-Mall of America.  This is where the training will be held.

Go Here to Reserve Your Room Online or call 952-854-7600

If you call, Mention you're with Chief Experts to get the group rate of $119 per night. This rate is guaranteed until 10-8-2023

  • After you sign up, log in to review your account. This is where we'll post essential items for this class.
  • Review the "Introductory Recording" that will be provided in your online account
  • Bring your laptop or desktop. We’ll have plenty of cords.
  • Have Chief X15 loaded and ready to go. (Older versions will slow you and the class down)
  • Come well-rested and ready to learn and have some fun!

More than 20-days before the training seminar date, the balance of the training seminar cost will be returned to you.

Less than 20 days of the training seminar date, you can receive a full credit of the total class cost toward any other training seminar you attend within the next 12 months.

No. We have always been independent from the company that makes Chief Architect and have been since first starting to use Chief Architect in 1993. Version 1.0 SN:0094

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