All About ADUs

Gain Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) expertise and become an 'ADU Specialist'

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Now available for the Southern Oregon market in partnership with Rogue Valley Association of REALTORS® and That ADU Guy, Derek Sherrell

Join us for this 4-hour class intended for real estate and building industry professionals looking to increase their knowledge about ADU development in Southern Oregon.

This half-day course is intended to help real estate and building professionals understand the basic planning and building regulations for ADU development in Southern Oregon. Participants will gain critical information to help them to respond to increasing client demand for properties with ADU potential, as well as the opportunity to earn the 'ADU Specialist' professional accreditation

Increasing rates of prospective home buyers and homeowners are interested in building an ADU on their property. Professionals on the cutting edge of this emerging development trend can better serve their homeowner/developer clients by understanding site eligibility, development process and costs, and the return on investment of ADUs.

Your instructor, Derek Sherrell, That ADU Guy, sees great potential in ADUs.

He has made it his life's mission to educate anyone who will listen about ADU development to meet the shifitng needs of housing. Derek's expertise of ADU development has been forged from decades of experience building them. He is Southern Oregon's champion for ADU development and legislation and brings his expertise to you for half a day dedicated to nothing but ADUs, ensuring that you have the foundation you need to bring ADU knowledge into your business so you can champion this versatile, yet under utilized, development type. 

Promote your new ADU expertise and become an 'ADU Specialist'!

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 450 accredited professionals across 15 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. 

'All About ADUs' participants who would like to pursue the 'ADU Specialist' designation can learn more about the exam here and opt in when registering below for this class. 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 'All About ADUs' course.

** Please note that the exam and designation are optional and not included in the cost of registration for the class. Cost of the exam is additional, however, you may register for the exam at the time of regisration for the class.

Learning Objectives
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  • Understand what makes a property ADU-ready/eligible
  • Learn what is involved in the process of getting approved to build an ADU
  • Analyze taxation, valuation, and financing options for ADUs
  • Understand the ADU design, permitting, and building process (attached, detached, and garage conversion)
  • Access to resources to help your clients plan for their ADU (including a budget sample, contract types, development rebate programs, and more)
  • Gain insight on ADU regulations in the broader Rogue Valley area
  • Get answers to your ADU-specific questions 

When & Where
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Friday, April 21, 2023
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Grants Pass, OR (In-person classroom, no webinar option available)
Rogue Valley Association of REALTORS®  
558 NE F St #7, Grants Pass, OR 97526 (map)

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education
OR Real Estate Agency: 4 CEs
CCB: 4 CEs
Earth Advantage Broker Renewal: 4 CEs
Accredited Green Appraiser: 4 CEs

Course Fee 
$90 | Regular Admission
$80 | RVAR Members, Earth Advantage Accredited Professionals (Earth Advantage Brokers, Accredited Green Appraisers, Sustainable Homes Professionals, Zero Energy Professionals, EA Builders) or Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Members
$70 per person | Groups of 2 or more - RVAR members only
$60 per person | Current ADU Specialists

Registration now includes a free e-book written by our ADU course developer, Kol Peterson: Backdoor Revolution - The Definitive Guide to ADU Development 

'ADU Specialist' Designation Exam (optional)

$90 | Regular Admission (click here to learn more & register below)

Questions? Please contact us at or (503) 968-7160 x65.

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Appraisers, Architects, Builders/Contractors, Consultants, Developers, Lenders, Real Estate Professionals, Remodelers

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Derek Sherrell
Derek Sherrell: Derek Sherrell is a real estate investor, ADU builder, and endurance athlete with over 25 years experience in the building/development trade. His first ADU build was a high school project in 1996. That led to a carpenter apprenticeship and a career as one of the youngest licensed building contractors in Oregon. Today, Derek consults with homeowners and investors on how to plan, design, finance, build and hold ADUs. This year, Derek founded and began an open-source video series designed to guide homeowners through the process of building or converting their own ADUs. He is a guest speaker for events large and small and has been featured on BiggerPockets, One Rentall At A Time, The Intelligent Investor and many other top REI platforms. As a pioneering ADU developer, builder, and investor, Derek brings one of the most comprehensive skill sets to any ADU discussion or instruction. He spends his days running, skiing, talking about ADUs with homeowners, policy makers, builders, and anyone else who will listen.


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