Professional Standards

As members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), Realtors® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics, which sets them apart from other real estate practitioners. Between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018, every REALTOR® is required to complete 2 1/2 hours of Code of Ethics training. REALTORS® who have completed this training as a requirement of membership in another association are not required to complete additional ethics training until the next four year cycle.

For more information on the Code of Ethics, vist our Code of Ethics page.

Goal of The Ethics Training

The goal of the ethics training is to ensure that new members are familiar with, and experienced members get a refresher course in, the Code of Ethics and its established principles. It also lets homebuyers and sellers know they can rely on real estate professionals who are educated in and abide by a strict code of ethics.

The Ethics Training Tests

The ethics training tests Realtors® on general business ethics, NAR Code of Ethics concepts, identifying code violations and enforcement of professional standards. The tests are conducted by local Realtor® associations on their own or with other associations, and through other methods such as home study, correspondence and Internet based courses.

To find out more information as well as to access training materials and online courses, go to www.realtor.org/COEtraining

Failure to complete the ethics training is a violation of membership, and membership may be suspended until the training is completed.