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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.


View the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS®.


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®.


Current Cycle (7) is January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024


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.

New members of local REALTOR® associations must complete the New Member Code of Ethics, a 2.5 hour course, when they join. A new member who has completed the New Member Code of Ethics Orientation shall not be required to complete additional ethics training until the next three-year cycle.

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Existing REALTOR® members must complete 2.5 hours of ethics training, meeting specific learning objectives and criteria, within three-year cycles.

REALTORS® who have completed the required ethics training within a three-year cycle in one association shall not be required to complete any further ethics training for that same training cycle if the REALTOR® becomes or is a member of another association.

NEW: Continuing Education ("CE") Option(link is external)

Free Existing Member Course