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How to Prepare for a Chief Architect Training Class

Scott Harris training a Chief Architect class.

By Phillip Gibney

Chief Architect offers in-person training classes throughout the country. These classes are an excellent way to increase your knowledge in the software, get your questions answered, connect with our staff and network with industry peers.

Classes are two days typically starting around 8:30 am and going until about 4:30 pm. Lunch is provided at the venue and usually, there is an evening reception nearby to relax and network. As a class participant, there are several things you can do to help prepare and ensure your success in a training class.


After signing up for training Chief Architect will provide you with a link to a pre-class video playlist. It is highly recommended that you review and practice the concepts in this video playlist. The information in these videos is often a precursor for what will be covered in the class. Time-and-time again those that do the pre-class homework are best prepared to get the most out of the class.

Chief Architect will email a survey and reach out to the class attendee via phone to see if there are any special accommodations we need to try to plan for or if there are any particular areas in the software they would like extra attention brought to. It is important to complete these communications with our staff so that we can best prepare for your success in class.

Chief Architect customers learning at a training class.


Bring a computer that is capable of running the software and make sure you have the most up-to-date version of the software installed (see system requirements).  If you are using a newer or different computer than you normally do, please make sure to:

  • Install the most up-to-date version of Chief Architect
  • Install the library catalogs (see below)
  • Take a 3D and Elevation view to verify your computer’s video card functions properly
  • Do the pre-class homework on the computer that you intend to bring to class

Library Catalogs

Be sure you have downloaded the Core Library Content and updated any existing catalogs you have installed.  See the diagram below.

Menu system within Chief Architect software showing where to access and install the core content.

Chief Architect has laptops available for rent. To rent a laptop please contact Chief Architect directly a few weeks prior to class (the earlier the better, we have limited quantities).

Chief Architect customers relaxing and networking at the Chief Architect Academy.

What to Bring

In addition to your standard travel items, you should bring the items in the checklist below to class:

  • Computer (with Chief & downloads installed) – unless you are renting
  • Mouse – recommended even if you have a laptop trackpad
  • Computer power/accessories (such as Lightning-to-USB adaptors)
  • Notepad
  • Snacks, Water Bottle (sometimes provided by training venue)


The reception is a great place to network with people from the different classes.  Please make sure to RSVP.

Once the class concludes Chief Architect will send you a post-class email with the class videos to review any areas you need extra training on. There will also be a link to a survey; we like to hear what you liked about the class or what we can improve and we take your feedback seriously. If you are a member of the NKBA, our classes are eligible for self-reporting CEU credits.

Lastly, we hope that you have a fun and enjoyable experience in the class, with our staff, and networking with other Chief users! We appreciate you taking the time to increase your knowledge of the software!

View our training schedule for upcoming opportunities.