Criterium Engineers

Criterium Engineers, one of North America's leading consulting engineering firms, is committed to helping building owners, real estate investors, contractors and homeowner associations understand the buildings they own, build, manage, or purchase. We know buildings of all types, from major hospitality, institutional and transportation facilities to high rise multi-family to townhouses to single family homes.

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Criterium Engineers

Criterium Engineers Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2023


Build Your Future With Us
Starting an engineering company franchise can be a smart investment in your financial future and accelerate your engineering career. While markets may rise and fall, people will always need homes, offices, hospitals, factories, schools, and other buildings and they will always need licensed, Professional Engineers to advise them on the condition, maintenance, and development of their property.

What Makes Us Unique
Each Criterium engineer has invested years mastering a rigorous, demanding technical and professional discipline. This expertise and experience makes a difference for our clients and their ability to understand the buildings in which they live and work. You can trust us to ask the right questions, pay attention to detail, see and solve problems, and provide quiet wisdom you can count on. And we never forget the most important part of every building we inspect: the people who call it their home or workplace.

Company Details

Established: 1957
First Unit Franchised: 1989
Franchised Units: 36
Company Owned Units: 1
States Registered In: CA, IL, GA, NY, NC, SC, FL, TX, WA
Canada Franchises: No
International Franchises: No

Support and Training Offered By Criterium Engineers

Financial Assistance Provided: No
Site Selection Assistance: NA
Lease Negotiation Assistance: NA
Recruiting Assistance: NA
Co-Operative Advertising: NA

Franchise Support for Criterium Engineers Affiliates

A Criterium Engineers franchise begins with this assumption: The franchise is your business. You identify the professional and financial goals you want to achieve, you select the building engineering specialties you want to emphasize, you decide how fast you want to grow.  We don't tell you how to run your business.  But we know what it takes to run a successful consulting engineering business.  We've been doing that for more than 60 years. And we give our affiliates the tools that we know can help them succeed.

Independent But Not Alone

Criterium Engineers affiliates can offer their clients the best of both worlds -the personalized service and market knowledge of a small, local company, backed by the resources and reputation of a well-known national consulting engineering practice. If you have large ambitions for a small company, click here.


Training begins with an intensive 5-day course for new franchisees at our corporate office in Maine.  But it doesn't end there.  Training and continuing education are cornerstones of the Criterium Engineers affiliate program.  After you return to your office and get started, we will spend another 5 days with you to be sure you are headed in the right direction.  Every other year, we host a conference with featured speakers addressing a wide range of engineering and business development topics.  We also sponsor additional programs, webinars and seminars periodically, to  keep our engineers updated and informed about relevant engineering- and real estate-related developments and trends.

Technical Support

Our clients look to us for our expertise and value the advice we offer and the effective solutions we recommend.  No single engineer will have the answer to every question.  But the Professional Engineers and Registered Architects on Criterium's staff and in its national network of affiliates have decades of collective experience.  If you encounter an engineering or design problem you can't solve, someone in this group has almost certainly been there, done that, and can help.  A call to 207-869-4224 will connect you with our affiliate coordinator, who will direct you to the information you need or connect you with one of the more than 100 Criterium engineers who are available to consult with you by phone or on-line.

Business Support

Criterium Engineers also provides business support. Criterium Engineers staff visit affiliate offices every year to observe, consult, discuss new ideas, and address any concerns.  But you don't have to wait for these annual visits - we're here for you any time you need us to answer questions, provide technical help or just offer a reassuring word.  In addition to toll-free and on-line consulting from our management staff, you will have access to:

  • Business referrals from the corporate office and from other franchisees.
  • Insurance coverage under Criterium's professional liability master policies.
  • Modern, Responsive Website with email and hosting
  • IT helpdesk support and consultation.
  • Accounting software.
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services.
  • Engineering reporting systems, templates, standard agreements and other business forms.
  • Information resources, including: a weekly newsletter, technical bulletins and a members' only segment of our website.

Marketing Support

Criterium actively supports its affiliates with:

  • Professionally developed brochures, newsletters, and other marketing tools.
  • A modern corporate website.
  • Relationships with valuable industry trade groups.
  • Name recognition.
  • Corporate branding. (The Criterium name and our distinctive orange triangle are registered trademarks that our affiliates are exclusively licensed to use.)

2023 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Criterium Engineers Franchise.

What does a Criterium Engineers Franchise Cost?

Criterium Engineers franchise fees for 2023:

Cash Investment: $50,000
Total Investment: $69,950-$125,900
Minimum Net Worth:
Franchise Fee: $49,500-$79,500
Average Number of Employees:
Item 19: No
Visa Candidates: No
Passive Ownership: No
Home Based: Yes
B2B: No
Master Franchise Opportunities: No
Veteran Discount: No

Is Criterium Engineers a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Criterium Engineers is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Criterium Engineers a Home Based franchise?

Yes. Criterium Engineers is a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Criterium Engineers Franchise Owners Make?

This information is not available. Criterium Engineers does not offer an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document.

Is Criterium Engineers a Master Franchise Opportunity?

No. Criterium Engineers is not a master franchise opportunity.

Does Criterium Engineers Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. Criterium Engineers franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Does Criterium Engineers Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

No. Criterium Engineers franchise does not work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Criterium Engineers Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Criterium Engineers franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Criterium Engineers Looking for International franchisees?

No. Criterium Engineers franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Criterium Engineers's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Building & Storage, Non Food Franchises

Number of Units Open

20-50 UNITS

Cash Required

$50,000 - $100,000

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Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Criterium Engineers Franchises for Sale

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