Master Chief Architect in Just 4 Days!

Join us in Milwaukee,WI

on December 2 - 5, 2019

Join other Remodelers, Home Builders & Designers Learn 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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Finally, An Easy Way To Learn The Right Way To Use Chief Architect!

Chief Architect Training Classes

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

Days 1, 2 & 3: Learn the "Best Practices" of using Chief Architect and the Power of Templates to create and assemble all of your plans. 

Days 3 & 4: Discover the Power of Templates and how you can save time assembling your plan. Plus more advanced functions of Chief.

Attend all four days to get the biggest impact!

Days 1 & 2: 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 setup and use the many functions within the program and discover time tested and proven techniques to draw plans faster

The focus of this class will be to help you gain a clear understanding of the best way to create a plan using Chief Architect using a time tested, systematized approach in your design process.

  • 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

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: Working With Templates And Assembling Working Drawings

If you've been using Chief for a while, this class will build on the what you already know and help you increase your speed and accuracy as well as help you understand some of the more advanced tools in the program.

If you've been working with Chief for a while, you know how frustrating it is to waste time doing the same things over and over. In this class, you’ll discover many techniques that will help you save time while gaining a better understanding of how templates work while we create a set of plans.

You’ll discover many simple techniques that you can use to assemble your project plans and working docs quickly and accurately. 

Note: For those that participated in the intermediate class, you will be using the plan you drew in that class. Otherwise, you’ll receive a sample plan we'll provide for this class.

  • Downloading and saving the supplied templates and sample plan
  • Overview of the Plan template and setting defaults
  • Overview of the Layout template and it’s 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
  • Creating and Detailing plan elevations
  • Using CAD Details
  • Creating libraries of items used regularly in your plans
  • Printing setup and options

Days 4: Advanced Features

In this class we’ll dive into areas of Chief Architect that will help you get a more in-depth understanding of what a powerful CAD software Chief is. From advanced 2D CAD techniques and modeling functions, you’ll discover how to do much more than you ever thought possible.

Attendees of this class should have a good working knowledge of Chief Architect. This day will be very fluid as we go though as many of the topics as possible that are listed below. Be prepared to learn a lot!

Here are some of the popular topics we'll pick from for this class. 

  • Toolbars: Customizing and creating your specialty toolbars
  • Productivity Tips: Shortcuts, Mouse, Keystrokes, Preferences, Defaults
  • 2D CAD: Concentric, Jump, Arcs, Edit Area, Stretch, Transform Replicate, Arrays, Offset
  • Molding Lines & Slabs: Creating custom 3D elements for your projects
  • Custom 3D: Detailing elevations and 3D views with 2D and 3D elements
  • Tracing Over Pictures & PDF: How to accurately Import, scale & trace over images
  • Plot Plans: Creating Plan Footprints with Surveys using the tracing method
  • Surveys: Using coordinates to create surveys
  • Terrain: Creating 3D terrain models with roads, sidewalks, retaining walls, and more
  • Rendering: Creating high-quality renderings and other 3D Views
  • Framing: Adding 3D framing and trusses to your plan
  • Framing: How to do framing for a remodeling plan
  • Libraries: Creating custom libraries that will increase productivity
  • Foundations: Creating Pier footings, stem walls, pony walls and more
  • Graphics: Customizing and creating materials and adding/using graphics
  • Timber Frame: Creating pole barns and other timber frame structures
  • Kitchen and Bath: Tips for faster layout of kitchens and baths
  • Schedules: Customizing and Adding schedules to your plans
  • Roofs: Creating complex roofs, dormers, saddles, vaulted ceilings and more
  • Stairs: Adding and customizing more complex stair systems
  • As-Built Plans: Techniques used to draw existing structures
  • Macros: Overview and how they work in Chief
  • Save-As Templates: Using old plans for new templates
  • Page Sizes: Creating different page sizes for your drawings
  • Elevations & Sections: Tips for adding more detail automatically and manually
  • Symbols: Creating your own symbols and libraries
  • Material Lists: How to get more accurate lists
  • Plan Options: How to show different options in the same plan
  • Selling Your Services: How to get paid more for your plans

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 Metropolitan Builders Association

Location & Times

Metropolitan Builders Association
N16 W23321 Stone Ridge Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188
Phone: (262) 436-1122
Google Map - Location 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 available all day

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

Stay at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha, WI. near where the training will be held.

Chief is an Awesome Communication Tool

Hi Fellow Chief Architect Enthusiast,

For over 26 years I've been using Chief Architect to draw plans for homeowners and contractors and have also had the privilege of teaching 1000's of fantastic people the best ways to use Chief Architect. 

It's gratifying to watch the transformations that occur when someone becomes fluent with Chief and learns how to use it to create amazing plans. 

At Chief Experts Academy we’ve been hard at work creating a new training format where we’ll help you’ll discover how to use the many features of the program 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 you can save tons of time on each project that you design with Chief. 

These templates are optimized to take advantage of the built-in functions of the program, so you don’t have to waste time to make 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 25+ years of design and Chief Architect experience, I’ve condensed the most important things you need to know 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 26 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 the 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 are what they need be 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 34 years and has been using Chief Architect in his business for over 13 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. 


What Others Are Saying About These Events

This short clip was created for the 2017 Orlando International Builders Show promotion and it features a few of the attendees 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


"Dan, 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

Enroll Now, Space Is Limited

All 4 Days of Chief Architect Training December 2-5, 2019


Days 1&2 Best Practices Training

Day 3 Understanding & Using Templates

Day 4 Advanced Chief Architect Training

Class Member Site Access

Template Downloads

Q&A Each Day

Lunch & Snacks


Days 1, 2 & 3 Discovering Best Practices + Templates Class December 2-4, 2019


Days 1&2 Best Practices Training

Day 3 Understanding & Using Templates

Class Member Site Access

Template Downloads

Q&A Each Day

Lunch & Snacks


Days 3 & 4 Templates, Working Drawings & Advanced December 4-5, 2019


Day 3 Understanding & Using Templates

Day 4 Advanced Chief Architect Training

Class Member Site Access

Template Downloads

Q&A Each Day

Lunch & Snacks



Call Dan at 952-451-9911 with Questions & to Enroll

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Frequently Asked Questions

Attend Days 1, 2 & 3:

  • If you're new to Chief Architect.
  • If you've been using Chief for awhile and have never had any formal training or watched any training videos.
  • If you want to learn the "Best Practices"of how to use the program.
  • If you want to learn how templates can save you a lot of time on each plan.
  • You want to learn a systematized approach to drawing plans.
  • You want to learn tips, shortcuts and time tested techniques.
  • If you want to learn how to create plans faster from start to finish.

Attend Day 3 & 4:

  • If you're comfortable creating models, doing roofs and completing plans.
  • If you want to learn how templates can save you a lot of time on each plan.
  • If you want to discover advanced features so you can do more with Chief. 
  • You want to learn tips, shortcuts and time tested techniques.
  • If you want to learn how to create plans faster from start to finish.

Attend all four days:

  • If you want to learn how to create plans from start to finish.
  • If you want to shorten your learning curve for Chief substantially.
  • This class is designed to flow through all four days. You'll gain the most knowledge by attending all four days. 

Have Other Questions?

Contact Dan Baumann at [email protected] or call 952-236-4427 or 952-451-9911

  • Please enroll each person separately so they get their own online account access.
  • Give Dan a call at 952-451-9911 or email [email protected]

Location & Times

Metropolitan Builders Association
N16 W23321 Stone Ridge Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188
MBA Phone: (262) 436-1122
Google Map - Location 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 available all day

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

Stay at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha, WI. This is near where the training will be held.
Go Here to Reserve Your Room Online or call 262-574-0888

Google Map for other hotels in the area.

  • After you sign up, log in to review your account. This is where you'll return to for items about 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 X11 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 50% credit of the total seminar 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

Pictures From Past Events