In an ongoing effort to raise the level of professionalism and ethics in the real estate industry the National Association of REALTORS® has instituted a mandatory “Code of Ethics Biennial Training Cycle”.
Starting January 2017, every REALTOR® member of every Association in the United States is required to complete ethics training of not less than 2.5 hours every two years - thus the name “biennial” training.
The deadline for the current cycle is December 31, 2020. The "NAR Code of Ethics” includes a final exam to test your comprehension of the material and a downloadable certificate for your office.
If this course is taken as a sanction for an ethics violation, the certification can be submitted as proof of completion.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why do I have to do this?
A. In an ongoing effort to raise the level of professionalism and ethics in the real estate industry the National Association of REALTORS® (N.A.R) has instituted a mandatory “Code of Ethics Biennial Training Cycle”. Starting this year, every REALTOR® member of every Association in the United States is required to take a Code of Ethics training course every two years- thus the name “biennial” training.
Q. How will I know if I need to take the training?
A. Aside from receiving a notification from the association:
If your license expires in 2021 or 2022 will need to complete a course on the Code of Ethics before the end of 2020.
If your license expires in 2019 or 2020 the DRE Continuing Education required Ethics to renew your license fulfills the requirement for the NAR Code of Ethics biennial cycle.
Q. I have been licensed for over 50 years and exempt from continuing education requirements, does this still apply to me?
A. Yes. This requirement has nothing to do with DRE licensing, it is a N.A.R. mandate that all REALTORS® must complete a course in the Code of Ethics every 2-year cycle. The current cycle is 2019-2020.
Q. What happens if I don’t take the training?
A. The Association is required by N.A.R. to report completed classes and must suspend a member if the required class is not completed by the end of each two-year cycle. Suspension of membership will remain in force until the member completes the required course.
Q. Do I have to come into the office to take the training?
A. No, you don't. The class is offered conveniently online here, though the association does offer this training periodically throughout the year.