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Code of Ethics

NAR's Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913, was one of the first codifications of ethical duties adopted by any business group.

The Code ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering clients' best interests.
The Code of Ethics covers:

  1. Duties to Clients and Customers
  2. Duties to the Public
  3. Duties to REALTORS®

NAR's Board of Directors approved a change to the Code of Ethics training requirement, extending it from every two years to every three years.

This extends the current cycle deadline from Dec. 31, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021.

REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time.

The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Training may be completed through NAR’s online courses or through another method, such as online or classroom courses via local/state associations. Read the consequences for failing to complete Code of Ethics training.

Courses offered by 3rd-party providers designed for state CE credit may count towards your association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics Training Requirement, but NAR does not track such courses nor approve them. Individuals considering those courses should check with their local association of REALTORS® to ascertain whether any such course will count, as only local associations approve courses.

HCAR Realtor Members must report their Ethics Certification in order to have their compliance documented.

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