National Association of Realtor’s Code of Ethics is recognized by practitioners, lawyers and real estate agents as the highest measure of professionalism in Real Estate. NAR updates the precepts of the Code of Ethics to ensure the public of a high standard of business conduct, to which REALTORS® aspire. NAR provides a framework for State Associations to resolve disputes, with guidelines provided in the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual. Hearings are held by the Association to resolve disputes between Realtors and the public. Both filing processes resolve the complaint in an expedient and non-costly manner.
About the New NAR Code of Ethics Training Requirement
The New NAR Code of Ethics Training Deadline is December 31, 2018
The National Association of REALTORS® has mandated that all REALTOR members must complete the 2.5 hours training within the two-year cycles.
January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018
January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022
REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within two-year cycles. Background on the change to a two-year requirement is here. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®.
Training may be completed through local REALTOR® associations or through another method, such as home study, correspondence, classroom courses, or online courses. Once you have completed the training of your choice, provide a copy of the certificate to Katie Brown for S.A.R. to update NAR’s records.
Free Course for Existing Members: NAR Code of Ethics Training
- Customizable learning experience
- No final exam, members must pass module quizzes
- Not eligible for CE credits
Free Course for New Members: NAR Code of Ethics Training
- New members and individuals with a break in membership for over one year are required to take this training
- Members only need their NRDS ID to take this course. Look up your NRDS ID here
- Not eligible for CE credits
How can I easily check to see if I need to take the course this cycle?
- Log in to nar.realtor
- Click on Sign In
- Click on My Account
- Click on Manage Account
- Under Other Links, click on View your Education Records (NRDS)
Course Numbers – New Members
BPP COEN 20171
BPP COEN 20181
Course Numbers – Continuing Members
BPP COEC 2017C5
BPP COEC 2018C5
If you DO NOT see either Course Number listed then you still need to complete your COE training before December 31, 2018. If you have already completed an approved training outside of the Free NAR tool, you need to provide the certificate to Katie Brown and your NAR records will be updated.
A Trick to Know if you Need to Complete the Training
If you have renewed your license in the last 2 years, then you DO NOT HAVE TO take the course this cycle.
If you are a new agent within the last 2 years, then you DO HAVE TO take the course this cycle.
Do I Qualify for Exempt Status for Ethics Training?
There are two ways you can be considered exempt from the Code of Ethics Training requirements. NAR and CalDRE have requirements and you must be sure to follow the directions on how to achieve this status with both to be completely exempt.
NAR – You must file for REALTOR EMERITUS STATUS if you meet the following requirements: A REALTOR® Member who has held membership in the National Association of REALTORS® for a cumulative period of 40 years, and has completed at least one year of service to the association (local, state, or national), is eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status. Certified REALTOR® Emeritus members do not pay dues to the National Association and are exempt from the Code of Ethics Training requirement.
To apply for REALTOR EMERITUS STATUS there are deadlines and a process, please visit NAR to learn more.
CalDRE – You must file the CalDRE Form RE213 if you meet the following requirements: He/she has been a REALTOR in good standing for 30 continuous years and is 70 years of age or older.
If you qualify and your application has been approved for the CalDRE exemption – you do not have to complete the CE Credits associated with the Code of Ethics for your license renewal. ***If you qualify for only CalDRE you must still complete the Biennial Code of Ethics training for NAR (but the training does not have to earn CE credits).
If you qualify and your application has been approved for both CalDRE and NAR – you do not have to complete the CE credits for Code of Ethics or the Biennial Code of Ethics Training every two years.
Please note, CAR and NAR members must vote on your application in a member meeting. These take place at different times of the year.