ADU Academy

Professional education focused on the emerging Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) industry

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Join Earth Advantage and Accessory Dwelling Strategies for a full-day of professional education focused on the emerging ADU industry! 

The ADU Academy is for ADU professionals who are seeking the most in-depth and cutting edge education on ADUs that is available across the country, and who are looking to connect with a national network of ADU practitioners.

ADUs are a recently re-emerging housing phenomena with many distinctive development elements. The Academy provides detailed and expert insights about ADU development from industry practitioners who have first-hand experience in this growing sector within leading US markets for ADUs. The ADU Academy is an educational event about ADUs for industry professionals. Specifically, it’s for designers, builders, entrepreneurs, developers, realtors, real estate investors, lenders, appraisers, and advocates. 

The event is taught by experienced practitioners and designed to help you: 

  • Excel in the rapidly emerging ADU market
  • Acquire in-depth education about the broad range of ADU issues that set you apart as an ADU professional
  • Get an edge on the competition by gaining our ADU Specialist professional accreditation
  • Network with a cohort of practitioners from across the country
Registration includes: Workshop schedule: 

Click here to download a PDF flyer for the ADU Academy. 

COVID-19: We are closely monitoring COVID-19 and will follow (and inform participants of) state and county guidelines as the event date approaches. 

Become an ADU Specialist  

Promote your new ADU expertise and credentials with our ADU Specialist accreditation! 

Attend this training and become eligible to earn the nationally-recognized 'ADU Specialist' accreditation in order to display your ADU expertise to the market. Join the network of over 300 accredited professionals across 13 states who have leveraged the designation to add valuable credibility to their business and tapped into this growing market with the backing of an organization that has trained and accredited thousands of professionals across the country on sustainable building practices. 

Participants must attend one of our qualified trainings (this 'ADU Academy' event is one of them) and pass an accreditation exam. After passing the exam, Earth Advantage provides a registry listing, logo package, and marketing support for ADU Specialists to then promote their newly acquired designation via business cards, email signatures and website in order to differentiate themselves from other professionals.

Note: 'ADU Specialist' is an optional designation and it is not required to attend the 'ADU Academy' event.

Questions? Please contact the EA Education Team at or (503) 968-7160 x60.

Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour

ADU Academy attendees get free admission to the ADU Tour taking place the following day, on June 25th from 10am-4pm. 

A self guided tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them. This tour contains 17 never before seen ADUs throughout Portland. This event attracts a national audience, so you won't want to miss it! 

To learn more, visit Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour.

Learning Objectives
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ADU Academy workshops will include: 

When & Where
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Friday, June 24, 2022
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Portland, OR
Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214  (map)


ADU Academy Instructors can be viewed here.  
Additional Instructors are still being added. For a look at past Academy instructors, visit this link

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education
OR Real Estate Agency: 7 CEs
WA DOL (Appraisers): 7 CEs
Earth Advantage Broker Renewal: 7 CEs
Accredited Green Appraisers: 7 CEs

Course Fee 
$349 | Early Bird Special (available until April 20, 2022)
$389 | Regular Admission  


If you want a comprehensive overview of all things ADU – this is the place. There are not many places in the US that combine ADU theory and practice with a track record. ADU Academy does that and more. An additional bonus is the group of people who sit with you in class. Overall, it has been a most positive and educational experience. 
-Olesia Chikunova, Home WiP, Los Altos, California

Really appreciated the exposure and education through presentations backed with so much expertise and experience. Practical examples and knowledgeable leaders in the ADU movement. Thank you.
-Janice Lundy, Berkshire Hathaway Northwest Real Estate, Pleasant Hill, CA

ADUs are one of the most promising residential building types to ever emerge in the US market. They serve a huge need for housing, equity building, community based real estate and aging in place. I highly recommend the ADU Academy for all professionals looking to better their ability to serve this dynamic and growing market.
-Todd Jersey, Todd Jersey Architecture, Inc., Berkeley, CA

You are learning from the very people who have helped to foster a movement in housing!
-Rachel Ginis, Lilypad Homes, Marin Country, CA

I am a residential designer who traveled from Seattle to go to the ADU Academy and it was so worth it! A great group of presenters who were very knowledgeable in their specialties. I know design and was there to learn about everything else. Which was a lot!
-Val Sporleder, 1AD Studio LLC, Seattle, WA

I left excited and armed with fresh ideas to implement in my Twin Cities market. 
-Juley Speed, Edina Realty, Minneapolis, MN

As a business owner building a new business finding quality information and network connections were key to my business growth strategy in my new ADU business. Attending the ADU Academy provided what I was looking for to educate myself and to connect with leaders in the ADU Industry, In one day I feel I have moved my business ahead 6 months from where I would be without this resource.
-Brooks Gibbs, I Live In A Bank, Salt Lake City, Utah

The ADU Academy went much deeper than any other ADU course I have taken in the last 5 years, since I earned the ADU Specialist designation. It provided so many resources and an opportunity to network with other professionals within the industry. I am excited to share this valuable information with my peers, clients and my business partners.
-Michele Shea-han, ELEETE Real Estate, Portland, Oregon

This ADU Academy was terrific- even considering myself a top tier expert I learned even more. The unfolding of Oregon Senate Bill 2001 and laws similar to it around the country make it essential for anyone wanting to build or work in this housing sector to get to this event! I loved it hands down- one of the best!
-Dirk Knudsen, Evermore Abundant, Hillsboro, Oregon

If you are need to learn about ADU development on the West Coast, this is the venue to find the information. It would take months of searching on an individual basis to find the experts collected in this one place. The information is comprehensive, and presented clearly by professionals who know their topics, and have proven experience in the field.
-Jeff Andre – SecondLook Design, Happy Valley, Oregon

This program was filled to the brim with valuable information and networking opportunities. Efficiently run, not a moment wasted. Fun and informative. I was especially impressed that it attracted professionals from various fields and from the far reaches of the country. I highly recommend it whether you are a Real Estate Professional, an Appraiser, a Lender, an Architect/Designer/Builder, or an interested Investor. Equal appeal to all tracks.
-Pam Zielinski, CRS, Principal Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NW Real Estate, Netarts Bay, OR

If you’re interested in incorporating the ADU market into your business, this Academy is an absolute must! Packed with great information and very well organized. In addition, you’ll meet lots of bright people from all over the country that have a passion for the ADU market – just like you! I went through the Academy last week and I’ve already had fellow attendees from Toronto and Washington DC stop by to collaborate here in Seattle!
-Gary Olmeim, Hybrid Prefab, Seattle, WA
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