All About ADUs

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

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Now available for the Bend market in partnership with Central Oregon Association of REALTORS®

Join us for this 4-hour class intended for real estate and building industry professionals looking to increase their knowledge about ADU development in the City of Bend, OR.

This half-day course is intended to help real estate and building professionals understand the basic planning and building regulations for ADU development in the City of Bend. 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.

We will be joined by representatives from the City of Bend's Permitting, Planning, and Building and Safety Departments! They will be ther to answer your questions and provide the most up to date information on ADU development in Bend.

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 14 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.

Learning Objectives
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  • Understand what makes a property ADU-ready/eligible in Bend, OR
  • 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)
  • Gain 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 State of Oregon
  • Get answers to your ADU-specific questions 

When & Where
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Monday, October 2nd, 2023
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Bend, OR (In-person classroom, no webinar option available)
Central Oregon Association of REALTORS®  
2112 NE 4th St, Bend, OR 97701 (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 Renewal: 4 CEs

Course Fee 
$125 | Regular Admission
$115 | COAR members, Members of The Environmental Center, Earth Advantage Accredited Professionals (Earth Advantage Brokers, Accredited Green Appraisers, Sustainable Homes Professionals, Zero Energy Professionals, EA Builders) or Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Members
$100 per person | Groups of 2 or more
$90 per person | ADU Specialists

Registration 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 the ADU Training Coordinator at or (503) 968-7160 x 165.

Training offered in partnership with: 


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

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Kol Peterson
Kol Peterson: Owner of Accessory Dwelling Strategies LLC
Kol is the owner of Accessory Dwelling Strategies LLC, a company dedicated to ADU related education, advocacy and consulting. Kol edits and manages and and, websites that address ADU policy issues, best practices, and feature an array of ADU projects. He also teaches ADU classes through Earth Advantage wherein brokers can earn an ADU Specialist Designation. Kol also runs Portland's city-wide ADU tour, and does ADU related teaching, speaking and consulting for a variety of audiences.


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