Learn how to write professional, accurate, and timely estimates on restoration job sites using Xactimate’s best practices.

This two-day course will cover certification requirements for both Level 1 and Level 2 Xactimate certification.

  • Day one will cover Level 1: Xactimate fundamentals
  • Day two will cover Level 2: Xactimate proficiency
  • Laptop required

Students will learn to master the fundamental concepts and use intermediate level proficiency practices to increase efficiency, productivity and accuracy. This comprehensive program is suitable for beginners and seasoned professionals,

What is Xactimate?

Xactimate is a subscription-based software program that estimates insurance claims and documents the cost of replacement or repair of items related to construction or restoration from water or fire loss.

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Xactimate is regarded as the industry’s most powerful and comprehensive solution for property claims estimation. It is the number one choice for restoration professionals thanks to its precision and flexibility throughout all stages of the recovery process.

Xactimate makes it simple to estimate a project by providing a streamlined workflow for gathering information and completing estimates.

Mastering Xactimate is essential in industries like insurance and construction, enhancing your competitiveness in the job market. Employers actively seek candidates with these skills, making this training a strategic investment in your career growth! 

What Makes this Class Different from Other Xactimate Trainings?

This course is specifically designed to help restoration contractors, owners, and project managers learn how to use Xactimate software to get paid faster!

Unlike other classes that just "teach you how to push buttons," your course instructor brings more than a decade-worth of experience running a restoration company, so you get instruction that is specific to water and fire loss jobs. You will see real-world examples and go in-depth on how to do 3D imaging and billing best practices.

In short, this course is designed help restorers streamline their estimating process, maximize earning potential, and get paid faster on every job!


Students must bring their own laptop to class and have the Xactimate software installed. If you do not wish to purchase the software subscription, you can download the free 30-day demo to use during class.


Click the icons below to see the list of objectives this course will cover.

The Level 1 Certified individual will be required to demonstrate that the following learning objectives have been met:

  • Demonstrates understanding of the 4-step estimating process, connecting to XactAnalysis, downloading assignments, Projects tab, Control Center.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Claim Information including: insured name, multiple addresses/phone numbers, estimator/reference info, policy/claim info, deductible, price list, tax jurisdiction, activity defaults, overhead and profit, company header.
  • Can complete and print an estimate in Xactimate.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Sketch windows, Tools, Search pane, Sketch workspace, Items section, View Tools, Plan View, Zoom to Selection, Zoom In, Zoom to Extents, Pan Tool, 3-D View.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Room Features, such as Wall Handle, Wall Thickness, Interior/Exterior Dimensions, Room Properties, Ceiling Type/Height, Square Break Tool, Custom Staircase Tool, Doors, Windows, Sign/Click and Drag method, Deduct Openings, Missing Walls, Basic Room Variables F, PF, W, WC, C PC.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Estimate Items, Quick Entry, Grouping, Search/ Macros, Category code, Selector code, Activity, Description, Calculation, Unit Price, Unit of Measure, Click for Detail, Reference/Keyword Search, Home Link, Predictive Text.
  • Demonstrates understanding of marking an estimate “Completed,” required information, changing estimate status to “Completed,” Print Options, View/Print Reports, Export/Email PDF File, types of Estimate Reports.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Measurement View, Measurement Locks, Roof Annotations, Roof Tool, Roof Properties, Roof Types, such as Gable, Flat/Shed, Hip, Partial Hip, Dutch Hip, Half Hip, Gambrel, Barrel, Turret, Manual, Square Break Tool, Roof Overbuild, Roof Subgroup, basic roof variables SQ, SF, P, R.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the Projects tab, Xactimate Help, Data Transfer, Sharing/Copying Data such as estimates, price lists, and macros.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the three methods for updating prices, price list updates, naming convention of a price list.

The Level 2 Certified individual will be required to demonstrate that the following learning objectives have been met:

  • Demonstrates understanding of Claim Info, Contact Manager/Import from Contacts, Parameters, Depreciation Options, Tokens, Opening and Closing Statements.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Room Properties, Relation to Level, Ceiling Type, Orientation Tool, Sketch Staircases, Square Break Tool (click + drag method), Vertex Tool, Wall Tool, Reference Areas and Blocks, Missing Wall, Room Variables LL, HH, SH, V.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Multiple Levels, Level Properties, Sketch Options (measurements, font size, reset window views, keyboard shortcuts), Sketch Images Window/Add/Load Digital Images, Sketch Image Reference, Annotation Ribbon.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Grouping Members (Append, Insert, Attach), Quick Entry, Search for Line Items, Retrieve Scope, Coverage Association, Depreciation Options, Dwelling Coverages, Activity Information, Miscellaneous Items, Line Item Attachments, Subvariables/Calculations, Calculate Waste (F*1.15), Global Changes Wizard.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Estimating from Sketch, Estimating Windows, Searching for Line Items, Selecting Surface Areas, Adding Items Graphically, Floor Covering Tools, Sketch Items List.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Estimate Items Window, Quick Entry Method, Quick Entry Navigation, Column identification.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Estimating in Sketch, Item Information Window, Common Roofing Materials, Adding Roofing Line Items in Sketch, Calculating Waste for Roofing Shingles, Manually Calculating Waste SQ*1.15.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Locking/Unlocking Roof Measurements, Roof Properties (Roof Rafters, Ridge, Span), Multiple Roof Slopes and Shapes, Roof Overbuilds, Commercial Roof Shapes, Roof Variables VAL, HIP, EAVE, RAKE.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Elevation Grouping Member, Dimensioning an Elevation, Adding Line Items to Grouping Members, Variables Association, Reference Search on Exterior.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Change Estimate Status from In Progress to Completed, Complete, Submit Required Information, Correct Inspection Violations, Mark Estimate Completed, Print Report, Upload Assignment.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Project Preview, Duplicating/Copying Projects, Quick Copy, Merge Projects, Save and Save As, Re-sequence Line Numbers, Recycle Bin, Project Defaults. 
  • Demonstrates understanding of Download Historical Price Lists, Provide Pricing Feedback, Components, Supporting Events, Labor Minimums vs. Base Service Charges, Price Changes.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Creating Macros, Retrieving Macros, Pre-built Macros in Sketch, Sketch Templates (use existing, rotate, flip).
  • Demonstrates understanding of Data Transfer types, such as projects, price lists, company headers, model statements, contacts, and references; Version Compatibility, Transfer Type: Folder, XactAnalysis, Cloud, Can drag and drop (send) data, Can choose to skip, merge/rename, or overwrite items.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Print Reports, Estimate Reports, Info Tab, Print Options, Line Item Detail, Sketch Images, Claim Reports, Documents, Report Macros, Uploaded Documents, Additional Options, Language Selection, Take-off Reports, Print Images on Report.

Class Schedule - Jon-Don Denver


8:00 AM - Check-in
8:30 AM - Class Begins
5:00 PM - Class Ends


8:00 AM - Check-in
8:30 AM - Class Begins
5:00 PM - Class Ends

Meet Your Instructor

Mike Brill

Mike is a certified Xactimate trainer with years of expertise! A Master Restorer certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications), Mike entered brillthe industry in 2002. He established a company dedicated to aiding individuals facing losses in their homes or businesses. Leveraging his expertise, Mike is eager to support and empower restoration contractors. 

Alex Duta

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