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IRTH University

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Feedback from IRTH U students:

"I have been a general contractor for 35 Plus years & I recently purchased you IRTH University Online Course. I started watching Class One and could not turn it off. I binged watch every hour of [the series]. I can not say enough nice things about the quality of the information . . . . I truly admire you all for the willingness to teach people how to start and run a successful tiny house business. I look forward to meeting you all in person.

- Mike P.

"Just wanted to say thank you so much for creating this tiny house class series/workshop. It’s been such a joy to take part in, and I just love the energy and wisdom you both bring. . . . I’m loving each class. Peter shares such detailed, expert tips and information. I appreciate getting inside knowledge from a true craftsman. Looking forward to next month’s class! - Emily L.

Watch this Video Intro from the founders of IRTH


Attend IRTH University on Zoom:

Click below for access to

Zoom Classes.

or In-Person:

Contact us to apply for our

Paid Apprenticeship Program

for in-person learning.

Currently only Full-Time positions are available.

Beginners are welcome!


Weekend Building Workshops
Are currently on hiatus


More About IRTH U

Gain hands-on experience & receive professional instruction for every step* of planning & building a Tiny Home on Wheels! For Hands on Experience Building Tiny Homes:

Apply for our Paid Apprenticeship Program For In-Depth "Classroom" Learning: Register for our Zoom Classes

Zoom Class Topics include:

  • History of Tiny Homes & the Modern Tiny House Movement

  • Different Categories of Tiny Homes

  • Legalities & Taxes Associated with each Category

  • DIY vs. Hiring a Professional vs. a Hybrid Approach to Building

  • Important Considerations for Planning your Tiny Home

  • 9 Stages of the Design Process

  • Using SketchUp for Simple Tiny House Drawings

  • Ordering the best Tiny House Trailer

  • Prepping for your Build

  • Taxes, Insurance, Budgets & Financing Your Build

  • Finding Places to Park Tiny Homes

  • Tiny Vacation Rentals

  • Developing Private Land or going Off-Grid

  • Legalities involved in starting & running a Tiny Home Business

  • Becoming a Certified Builder

  • Real Estate Development of Tiny Home Communities

  • Budgeting & Financials for Builders & Investors

  • The Future of Tiny Homes

  • Common Pit Falls, Concerns & Pro-Tips specific to THOW Builds & the Tiny Home Industry

  • Q & A with Peter & Christina


Zoom Students will also get a TEXT & WORKBOOK including outlines for the Zoom Classes, builder's checklists and planning worksheets & spreadsheets.


IRTH University teaches everything you need to know to get started with a Tiny Home Business INCLUDING all the things we wish someone could have told us before we took the leap!


IRTH U Zoom Classes

👉 Click here to "drop-in" to our most popular SINGLE classes - $33 each: Class 5: Where Can I Park a THOW & Developing Land for Tiny Homes

Class 7: How much Tiny Home can I Afford? Financial Preparations for Going Tiny 👉 Click here for classes 1-4 only: covering the process of designing, planning & building your first THOW - $100 for the 4 class mini-series: Classes 1-4: The enitre process of designing, planning & building your first THOW


Paid Apprenticeship

Build Schedule:

Monday - Thursday

7am - 6pm

What to weaR:
  • Sturdy closed toed shoes

  • Long pants

  • Long sleeves

  • Jackets/Sweat Shirts/Fleece should be close fitting for safety & no strings hanging off (tuck them in)

  • No jewelry

  • Check the weather and wear layers in winter - the shop has very little heat

  • Tool Belt, Nail Belt or Big Cargo Pockets

What to bring:
  • Lunch (There's a Tom Thumb & tons of take out places close to the shop.)

  • Water Bottle (We have R.O. filtered water for refills.)

  • Tape measure

  • Utility knife – Peter recommends the kind that flips open like a pocket knife. But the traditional one where the blade slides out is fine.

We also recommend the following tools & personal equipment for Tiny Home Building:

We have extra tools at the shop so you do NOT have to buy all of these at once, but it saves a lot of time if everybody has these types of things within easy reach. So you can fill up your tool belt with some of your tools and some of ours. (Listed in order of importance for purchasing your own.)

REMINDER: Put your name or initials on your tools!

  • Speed square – The most common size is the 7”, but this one doesn’t fit in a tool pouch very well unless you get one that has a specific spot for it. The one Peter likes for everyday use is the 4 ½”, Swanson and Milwaukee both make one. This one fits easily in a tool belt or a cargo pocket.

  • Assorted pliers – needle nose, dykes, adjustable, etc.

  • Handheld screwdrivers

  • Small pry bar

  • Framing Hammer

  • Gloves

  • Eye Protection

  • Ear Plugs

  • Carpenter's Pencil

To start out you will need very few tools. We have extras that you can use & then decide which ones you want to purchase.

So don’t feel like you need to have all these tools on the first day. Just start with a tape measure & utility knife since everybody has the kind they like & you need those at all times.

Some folks like to have their own power tools, like a cordless drill and impact driver (with their own set of bits). But these are not required.

We’re excited to have you

learning & working with us!

*The Skills & Steps to building a Tiny Home will be covered as our available builds allow so steps will be learned in the order that the

Questions? Want to apply for the Paid Apprenticeship?


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