Join Chief Experts Academy in a 3-Day Stay & Learn Event in ORLANDO, FL on February 10-12, 2020

Join Dan Baumann and other Chief Architect enthusiasts for three days of comprehensive Chief Architect training, networking and fun


Become a Chief Expert!

  • Develop your Chief skills in 3-days not 3-years!
  • Get plans done faster with advanced Chief skills
  • Get better at solving client design problems using Chief
  • Get “Best Practices" for using Chief & Drawing Plans
  • See the latest setup instructions for templates
  • Network and develop new "Life-Long" friends


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Finally, An Easy Way To Learn The Right Way To Use Chief Architect.

  LEARN  in 3 DAYS, not 3 years!

The Chief Architect IBS Training Event in Orlando, FL

If you're struggling to get the results you want from Chief Architect, it's not your fault - you just haven't learned what you don't know yet.

During this training event you'll discover what you need to draw plans faster, create more accurate and detailed 3D models, use the 2D CAD tools and assemble great working drawings on the layout.

These courses are geared toward users who want to get a better understanding of the program and what it can do.

New or Experienced Chief Architect Users
"Discover The Best Way To Use Chief"

Days 1 & 2 Best Practices

If you are new to Chief or find yourself struggling with getting the results you want for your plans, this workshop will give you a strong overview of how the program works and the correct work flow for starting and completing a set of plans.

  • Overview of interface, preferences, & defaults
  • Review "Best Practices" for completing a plan
  • Using and understanding the 2D CAD tools
  • Proper to create & lay out walls
  • Dimensioning the views in your plan
  • Methods for creating more accurate models
  • Adding & positioning windows and doors
  • Methods for adding various types of stairs
  • Using the automatic and manual roof tools
  • How to quickly and accurately add stairs
  • Creating a cabinet layouts and plans
  • Using slabs and molding polylines
  • Using symbols and images
  • Cameras and the rendering tools
  • Intro to layers, layer sets, & annotations
  • Assembling your views using the layout pages
  • Techniques for selling plans for more
  • Networking, Q&A and much more ..........

Day 3 - Templates and Working Drawings

With a good working knowledge of Chief, this course will help you gain a better understanding of the many tools available and how to use them to assemble a plan. We will focus on helping you draw plans faster, create better 3D models, produce high quality renderings and add more detail to your plans. Learn how to use the layout tools to their full potential all while creating a custom template that will fit your needs.

  • How templates work & will save time
  • Set defaults & preferences for your plans
  • Time saving Keystrokes and shortcuts
  • Time savers for cabinets, windows and doors
  • Have an in-depth review of the 2D CAD Tools
  • See specific uses for many of the editing tools
  • Working with rooms, floors and levels
  • Adding more detailed stairs
  • Adding decks, railing and deck framing
  • Foundations for garages & other structures
  • Manual roofs and dormers
  • Creating 3D moldings and solids
  • Adding terrain and landscaping
  • Setting up layout templates
  • Learn more layout page features
  • Customize the templates for your use
  • Tips for creating working drawings
  • General Q&A

It's Not Just Classes - It's An Event

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 very rewarding to watch the transformations that occur when someone becomes fluent with Chief and learns how to wow their clients, amaze the building department and communicate more effectively with their subs, suppliers and employees simply by using Chief Architect to create amazing plans.

They discover the potential of the software as a sales and production tool for all of their projects plus the benefits it brings in the way it gets used as a communication platform.

But as everyone gets busy in their business and life, it's sometimes difficult to take the time necessary to focus their attention on learning how to use the software to it's fullest - to dig in and absorb the best practices needed to truly understand Chief and the many ways to use it effectively.

Everyone learns differently, and there are many ways to discover the how to use Chief - whether it's trial and error, YouTube and other videos, webinars, manuals and online courses and more. The bottom line is, whatever you can do to learn this software is a good thing.

In all my years of doing all of the different kinds of training methods, the one form of training that stands out above all the rest as the best way to learn Chief Architect, are live training classes. Being in a distraction-free environment for three to four days allows even the busiest of people to focus on and absorb the information being taught.

But as good as live classes are, they still have one large flaw that has always bugged me. They are too impersonal. People show up, sit through class all day, and then leave. There is little exchange of information between everyone. Networking and business ideas are rarely explored.

In 2008, I stopped doing live training classes for many years, and in 2014 I had this crazy idea of renting a house and filling it with other Chief Architect users for days of education and networking.

I imagined an event where a group of like-minded professionals would come together and be willing to spend time learning, sharing ideas and breaking bread together.

An event where the exchange of knowledge and ideas would lead to improvements in everyone's businesses and at the same time, we would be building friendships. Most importantly, we would all have a great time doing it.

These stay and learn events have become everything that I dreamed they would, and I am excited to make this experience available to even more people.

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

To your success,

Dan Baumann

Your 2020 Pro Academy Hosts

We are all set to take great care of you before, during and after your stay in Orlando. Our commitment to you includes help planning your event, helping you get around Orlando, top-notch training, excellent food, relaxing and stress-free accommodations and continued involvement after the event.

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 maximizing the compensation you receive for your design services helps ensure that your design sales become the profit center of your business.

John Schrader

President, John Schrader Construction

John has been involved in the residential remodeling and building industry for 35 years and has been using Chief Architect in his business for over 14 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. 

Your Accommodations For Our 2020 Event

You'll Be Staying in Family Friendly 14 Bed Gated Pool Home in Solterra Resort

6168 Broad Oak Drive
Davenport, FL

This beautiful home with 14 bedrooms with 11 full baths, a private screened pool with lanai and spa, will be your home away from home during your stay in Orlando. There is ample space for our classes as well as room to relax and take a break. This place also has a full kitchen, family/dining rooms, laundry room, high-speed internet, AC, and a pool with whirlpool.

Choose Your Room - We'll Take Care Of The Rest!

Rooms are assigned on a first come, first-served basis, so do not delay. If you have any questions please email Dan at [email protected] or call at 952-451-9911. FYI - You don't have to stay at the house to attend the classes.

Main Level

#1 Master Suite King Reserved for Bob Gallese

#2 Master Suite King, for Kendahl & Jennie Spohn

#4 King, Private Bath Reserved for  Jay Martin

#5 King, Shared Bath Reserved for P. Barrientos

#6  King, Private Bath Reserved for Mark Labourdette

Upper Level

#3 Master Suite King, Private Bath Reserved for Lynn Hunter

#7 Queen, Private Bath Reserved for Whitney Simons

#8 Queen, Shared Bath Reserved for Dan Baumann

#9 Queen, Shared Bath Reserved for Russell Shatz

#10 Queen, Shared Bath (Available)

#11 Queen, Shared Bath John & Patti Schrader

#12 Full/Twin, Shared Bath (Available)

#13 Queen, Shared Bath for Gint Gaska

#14 Queen, Private Bath Reserved for Steve Ramey

Our Agenda

SUNDAY - Arrival and Setup

Arrive anytime after 11:00  AM and get settled in. For dinner we'll have chicken or steaks on the grill for dinner and take some time to get to know each other with a soda or adult beverage.

Day 1 - Monday, February 10, 2020

A casual breakfast will be served at 7 am. If you are not staying at the house and are registered for a class, you’re welcome to join us for all meals on this day. At 8:30 the Chief Architect classes will begin with a break at mid-morning. Lunch will be served around 12:00 and we’ll finish up around 5-ish. Dinner will be served around 6:30. We'll all pitch in to prepare all of the meals and do the cleanup. The evening will be filled with networking and discussions of Chief.

Day 2 - Tuesday, February 11, 2020

This day will be much like Monday as we dig deeper into Chief Architect and look to get more of your questions answered. Dinner will be served around 6:30. 

Day 3 - Wednesday, February 12, 2020

This day will be much like Monday and Tuesday but will focus heavy on Templates and Creating Working Drawings.  Dinner will be served around 6:30. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

We'll spend the morning packing up and cleaning and everyone will check out of the house by 11:00 am


What Others Are Saying About Chief Experts Academy 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.

" I 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

What's Included In This Event

This is not an ordinary training class! From the moment you arrive, you will be treated like part of the family. You will be immersed in an atmosphere like you've never experienced and you will leave with a new level of understanding of Chief Architect, new ideas for your business and new friendships that will last a lifetime

Four Nights Lodging in a beautiful 14 bedroom house.
You'll be staying in one of the bedrooms in this house or you'll be staying elsewhere and joining us for the training classes. 

All Food & Beverages
For those staying at the house, all meals will be provided during your stay. Each day we'll start with a healthy breakfast followed by lunch that will feature an ala cart menu. Dinner will include grilling and other great food. Beverages are included. For those attending the classes only you''' be served breakfast and lunch each day as well as snacks and beverages. 

Three Days of Training
In this small group setting, you will learn the correct way to use Chief Architect. You'll have time to ask questions, discuss projects and get deep into the inner workings of the program. You will come away with a true understanding of how to create more detailed plans in less time.

Networking & Friendships
One of the reasons this is called an event is because it goes beyond training. You'll make friends that you'll be able to network with long after the class if over. Many that have attended this event in the past have become friends and some are event doing business with each other.

Enroll Now, Space Is Limited

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Private Room & Classes


3 Days of Chief Training

Private Room for 4-nights

All Meals During Your Stay

Chief Architect Best Practices

Creating & Using Templates

Class Member Site Access

Template Downloads

Q&A Each Day

Price for One Person Attending Class. (Call if you are bringing someone)


3-Day Classes Only


3 Days of Chief Training

Snacks and Lunch During Class

Chief Architect Best Practices

Creating & Using Templates

Class Member Site Access

Template Downloads

Q&A Each Day

Price Per Person


After Registering:

Email [email protected] with your room choice. Not Sure which one? Call Dan and he will help you decide.

Got Questions?
Call Dan at 952-451-9911

Don't Miss Out On This Opportunity To Master Chief Architect - Join Us on February 10-12, 2020










What the heck is "Immersion" training? Sounds like a dip in a pool. Rest assured, you won't get wet unless you decide to hop into the whirlpool or pool during one of our breaks. The bottom line is you'll be immersed in learning Chief Architect and how to make more money in your design business from the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave.

Where is this training event located?

The house is located at 6168 Broad Oak Dr Davenport, FL 33873. It is a gated community and you will receive instructions on entry before your arrival.  Information about the property

Do I need to be a member of Chief Experts Academy to attend any of these events?  No. Membership is not required.

Will I have to pay in advance if I decide to attend?
Yes. Give Dan a call at 952-451-9911 or email [email protected] if you have questions and would like to make a reservation. If cash flow is an issue it may be possible to work out a payment plan.

Should I wait to Register?
No, registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. When the rooms are gone, they are gone! If you would like to be added to a waiting list or be informed of our next event, please email [email protected]

Can I stay at the house, but not attend the training classes?
At least one person in your party staying in a private room at the house must pay for the room and attend the training classes. The second person in your private room may attend the classes for an additional fee of $997. Call Dan to register the 2nd person

Do I have to bring my computer?
Yes, bring your laptop or desktop! There will be plenty of power and internet to go around.

Do I need to be on the latest version of Chief Architect?
To avoid confusion during the class we do insist that you have the latest version of Chief Architect on your computer.

What topics will be discussed in the training classes?
General information for each course has been provided above. Some of the curricula will be developed based those that will be attending.

Why not just rent a conference room?
After years of doing training in hotel conference rooms, I've found that it's very impersonal. Having done events like this before, I've discovered that when we are together for an extended period, we learn more, share ideas, and become friends.

Does staying together really make that much difference?
Attendees have said that they were able to cement the ideas they learned while sitting around the table after class reviewing things with someone else staying there. Simply put, YES, this is an amazing way to learn and make life-long friends. Just imagine what you'll learn with an adult beverage sitting around the kitchen table at night! Priceless!

Are Food and Beverages Included?
Yes, you will be provided a full breakfast and dinner each day and lunch on each day. You will be well fed. There may even be a few surprises for you. We’ll supply milk, juice, soda, water, wine and beer. If you are on a special diet, please let us know and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

What about Noise Levels?
If you need peace and quiet, it might be a good idea to reserve a hotel instead. However, if you like to brainstorm and share ideas in a lively group setting, this is for you.

What is the Cancellation Policy?
If 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.

Are You Affiliated With The Makers of Chief Architect

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

What about Travel Arrangements and Car Rental?
You handle your airfare and car rental. There will be plenty of parking at the house and carpooling is an option to get around town. We will do our best to shuttle people to and from the airport but there are no guarantees and you may have to take Uber or Lyft.


Pictures From Past Chief Experts Academy Events