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What is the Code of Ethics?

These ethics trainings are to create awareness and appreciation for the role the code can and should play in REALTORS® professional lives; to enhance professionalism and competency; and to encourage REALTORS® to view their Code of Ethics as a living, viable guide in their daily lives.

What is the Code of Ethics requirement?

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®. Therequrements periods are as follows:

January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018ad COE2018
January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020
January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022
January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2024

Do I need to complete the Code of Ethics training even if I have been given honorary status or other exempt status from the California Department of Real Estate?

Yes, every REALTOR® is required to complete the Code of Ethics training of no less than 2 hours and 30 minutes of instructional time within 2-year cycles. This training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The exception are those with NAR Emeritus Members, who are exempt from this requirement.  Regardless of age, experience, or honorary status, all active REALTOR® members must complete Code of Ethics course by December 31, 2018.

I aready took a Code of Ethics class, but it is not reflected on the NAR's website. What should I do?

If you have taken an approved Code of Ethics class, send a copy of your completion certificate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for processing and verification. 

click hereclick here to do the Code of Ethics Training.  Brand new members do New Members BPP COEN 20181

If you are a current member or have been a member in the past do the Existing Member BPP COEC 2018C5. 


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A new two-year cycle began January 1, 2017. The deadline for this cycle is December 31, 2018.

Training may be completed through local REALTOR® associations or through another method, such as home study, correspondence, classroom courses, or online courses.

Policy Summary for REALTORS® Code of Ethics Training

Members of the National Association of REALTORS® are required to complete periodic ethics training of not less than 2 hours and 30 minutes of instructional time once every two years. Boards/Associations are required to provide access to such programs to members either on their own, in conjunction with other Boards/Associations, or through some other method (such as home study, correspondence or internet based courses). Any course offered by a Board/Association, regardless of format, must meet the learning objectives and minimum criteria for such courses as established by the National Association of REALTORS® from time to time.

A REALTOR® who has completed such periodic ethics training in any two year period in one Board/Association shall not be required to complete any further ethics training in such period if the REALTOR® is a member of another Board or Boards. In addition, a member may take such courses to satisfy the periodic ethics training through any Board/Association so long as the member can provide satisfactory documentation of completion to the member’s primary Board/Association.

A new member of a Board/Association who has completed the New Member Code of Ethics Orientation shall not be required to complete periodic ethics training until the expiration of the two year cycle in which the new member completed the New Member Code of Ethics Orientation.

Failure to complete the required periodic ethics training shall be a violation of a membership duty for which violation the member’s primary Board/Association shall suspend the member until such time as the member completes the required training.

Failure to meet the requirement will result in suspended membership for the first two months (January and February) of the year following the end of any two (2) year cycle or until the requirement is met, whichever occurs sooner. On March 1 of that year, the membership of a member who is still suspended as of that date will be automatically terminated.

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