Chief Architect is a home design software for builders, professional designers and architects, and DIY home enthusiasts. It includes an online discussion forum.

ChiefTalk is Chief Architect's online discussion forum. Inside, you will find thousands of members worldwide who use the forum to ask questions about the software, request advice for their projects, and share knowledge and resources with each other. Additionally, the forum is a great place to find and join local user groups to practice together. Furthermore, you can leverage the forum to hire professionals, and also offer your services to get new job opportunities.

On the other hand, Chief Architect focuses heavily on learning. They offer both in-person workshops and bootcamps and virtual webinars and training lessons. Additionally, you can get one-on-one coaching and there are also group training options. Moreover, the community offers many courses for different levels and certification exams for both professionals and apprentices. All of these training options focus on teaching professionals and enthusiasts how to better leverage the Chief Architect software.

The community also offers resources for members to learn at their own pace. For beginners, the Knowledge Base and the Getting Started section will be of great help when first learning how to use the software. On the other hand, there are also other resources such as a 3D library and a project samples gallery. Lastly, don't forget to check out Chief Architect's video library. It contains lots of training videos on how to use the software, as well as recordings of past webinars and other events.

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  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 1992
  • Founders:

    Jack Simpson

  • Amount of members: 31,600
  • Online Group: Yes
  • Job board: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Method: In Person, Virtual


Connect with other Chief Architect users:
ChiefTalk is Chief Architect's online discussion forum. Inside, you can interact with thousands of members worldwide, both professional designers and architects but also enthusiasts who use the software just for fun.

Participate in training events:
The community organizes in-person workshops and bootcamps but also virtual webinars and training lessons. You can participate in these events to connect with other users of the software while you learn.

Leverage the community's resources:
Chief Architect offers many resources, such as a huge video library with lessons and recordings of past events, a 3D library, a project samples gallery, useful articles, and more.


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Learning Events

Chief Architect has several training options for users who want to learn how to better leverage the software. You can visit the Events section on the website to find out what the next events will be. These include in-person workshops in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States, but also virtual bootcamps that you can take from anywhere in the world.

On the other hand, you can also book personal training sessions to work one‑on‑one with a Chief Architect Certified Trainer. You can book one hour, five hours, or ten hours for $150, $750, and $1,500, respectively. Additionally, there is also a custom training option for groups, both virtual and on-site.

Networking Events

Members of Chief Architect interact in ChiefTalk, the community's online discussion forum. Inside, members share resources and discuss tips, techniques, and building codes and compliances. Additionally, it's a great place to join local user groups or to seek/offer services.

Content Library

If you are just learning to use the Chief Architect software, you can check out the Getting Started section or the Knowledge Base. These places are full of videos and documents explaining different aspects to better leverage the software.

On the other hand, the community also offers a 3D Library and a Samples Gallery of projects made with the Chief Architect software. Lastly, don't forget to check out the huge video library. It has lots of free training videos, as well as recordings of past webinars and live streams. 


Chief Architect offers diverse training courses to introduce you to the software's toolset and best practices for productivity and success. These include:

  • Kitchens, Baths & Interiors (Introductory and Intermediate)
  • Residential Introductory
  • Residential Intermediate
  • Advanced (Level I and II)

You can take these courses in-person or buy the on-demand videos to learn at your own pace. Additionally, you can also get the Chief Architect Certification. There are certifications for professionals and apprentices. Both exams are virtual and they cost $195 and $45, respectively.


With Chief Architect, I am able to satisfy my clients in a manner I never dreamed possible and have virtually instant feedback on everything from a floor plan to a 3-D Elevation of the Kitchen Cabinets, and do it from anywhere around the world. Chief Architect exceeds the ever-increasing requirements of our industry. Chief Rules!” -John Manca

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