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How to Begin the Process

Have you ever wanted to be in private practice? Do you want to expand your existing practice? There is no obligation, and you owe it to yourself to learn more about this opportunity. On average, it takes six months of careful evaluation for us to be sure that you have the right potential. This evaluation also serves you, as a cautious engineer, the opportunity to consider all aspects of this relationship. It can take as little as one month, though, if you are ready to take control of your future. Here's how to begin:

  • It all starts here.

    • E-mail us using the Learn More contact form. 
    • Call Criterium Engineers directly at 1-800-242-1969. 
    • Schedule an initial screening interview. It's an oppertunity to start to know one another and lay the groundwork for the process.
  • Return the questionnaire enclosed in your information packet. This will help us to evaluate whether a franchise makes sense for you, whether you have the skill, determination, and potential we are looking for to be among the select few who can call themselves Criterium Engineers.

  • Review our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). The federal government, and often your state, wants us to make certain information available to you in a standard format - the FDD. Here, you will read what is required of you, what is required of us, a sample agreement to evaluate, and a list of all our franchisees. The FDD will be sent to you upon receipt of your questionnaire.

  • Arrange for a visit to Portland, ME. A face-to-face meeting is essential. We can answer your questions. You will want to meet the people who will be supporting your office. Your spouse is encouraged to join you on this important trip.

  • Talk to existing affiliates. What do existing franchisees think of their investment? We will make a complete list of all Criterium franchisees available to you and encourage you to contact any of them.

  • Review and sign agreement. A franchise agreement represents a long-term relationship in which both participants stand to gain. We have done our best to outline that relationship, but we encourage you to seek the advice of an attorney, accountant, or any advisor that you trust.

  • Attend training and start your business. Our training program covers the process of performing inspections as well as marketing your services and managing your business. You leave training with a clear plan for your business.