REALTOR® members must complete two and a half (2.5) hours of ethics training, meeting specific learning objectives and criteria, within two (2) year cycles. Mandatory ethics training for REALTOR® members was first established by the NAR Board of Directors at the 1999 Annual Convention and it includes the following objectives:

  • Heighten awareness of the key tenets of the Code of Ethics
  • Appreciation for the role the Code can and should play in professional lives
  • Enhances professionalism and competency
  • Encourages REALTORS® to view their Code of Ethics as a living, viable guide in their daily dealings with clients, customers, and the public

The current two-year cycle will end December 31, 2018.

There are two new online ethics training options offered by the National Association of REALTORS® to satisfy your training obligation.

  1. The first, is a CE course that qualifies for continuing education credit in numerous states (click here for a list of the approved states).
  2. The second is a new interactive, customizable, non-CE course.

For more information on REALTOR® Code of Ethics Training: www.realtor.org/code-of-ethics/training

NON-CE Version
Duration: 2.50 Hour(s)
Provider: National Association of REALTORS®
Preview: Available
CE Credits: None
Price: FREE
COE Deadline: December 31, 2018
CE Version
Duration: 3.00 Hour(s)
Provider: National Association of REALTORS®
Preview: Available
CE Credits: Available
Price: $29.95 (USD)
COE Deadline: December 31, 2018
CE Deadline: Per your state rules, see below

Product Overview

REALTORS® are required to complete Code of Ethics training within four year cycles. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®.

In this course, students will take a journey examining the professional standards enforcement process, reviewing the duties of Articles 1 and 12 of the Code of Ethics and exploring NAR’s mediation experience. In the professional standards enforcement overview, students will study the Code of Ethics and its structure, the history of the Code of Ethics and how complaints and arbitration requests are processed. In the review of Article 1, students will learn about the Code’s duty to protect and promote the interests of the client, placing the client’s interests first and the obligation to treat all parties honestly. In the review of Article 12, students will learn about the Code’s duty to be truthful in all real estate communications, present a true picture in all marketing and to make known the student’s status as a real estate professional readily apparent. Lastly, the student will study NAR’s preferred dispute resolution process of mediation from filing a request to opening statements, cross talk, caucuses and possible.

The Virtual Library of Professional Standards Instruction is available upon completion of either course for FREE.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

If your state is listed below, you will earn 3 CE credit hours at no additional charge. You must successfully complete the CE Version of the course to earn credit. Unless otherwise noted, the CE hours fulfill elective credit requirements.

The CE Shop manages the CE credit program. Important: After a course is completed, you will receive an email from The CE Shop with the additional steps that need to be taken to receive your CE credit.

If your state is not listed below, you may take the Non-CE Version of the course to meet the NAR mandatory cycle requirement, but you will not receive CE credit.

For additional important details related to courses with CE credit, visit the "CE" section of our FAQ.

Approved States:

State Hours COE Expiry CE Expiry Attempts Note
Alabama 3 12/31/2018 9/30/2019 Unlimited  
Alaska 3 12/31/2018 1/31/2018 Unlimited  
Arkansas 3 12/31/2018 12/1/2017 Unlimited  
California 3 12/31/2018 10/22/2019 2  
Colorado 3 12/31/2018 10/8/2018 Unlimited  
Connecticut 3 12/31/2018 8/17/2018 Unlimited  
Delaware 3 12/31/2018 08/31/19 Unlimited  
Georgia 3 12/31/2018 N/A Unlimited  
Hawaii 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 Unlimited  
Idaho 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2017 2  
Illinois 3 12/31/2018 6/30/2018 2 Note: Final exam is proctored.
Indiana 3 12/31/2018 N/A Unlimited  
Iowa 3 12/31/2018 8/1/2019 Unlimited Note: This course must be completed within 6 months in order to qualify for CE credit in this state.
Kansas 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2017 Unlimited  
Kentucky 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2017 2  
Maine 3 12/31/2018 8/31/2019 Unlimited  
Michigan 3 12/31/2018 N/A Unlimited  
Minnesota 3 12/31/2018 8/31/2019 Unlimited  
Mississippi 3 12/31/2018 9/30/2018 Unlimited  
Missouri 3 12/31/2018 9/30/2018 Unlimited  
Montana 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 Unlimited  
Nebraska 3 12/31/2018 8/17/2018 Unlimited  
Nevada 3 12/31/2018 10/31/2017 Unlimited  
New Jersey 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2020 Unlimited  
New Mexico 2 12/31/2018 N/A Unlimited  
New York 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2017 Unlimited  
North Dakota 3 12/31/2018 11/15/2017 Unlimited  
Ohio 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2017 Unlimited Note: Fulfill elective credits only.
Oklahoma 3 12/31/2018 9/30/2018 Unlimited Note: This course must be completed within 6 months in order to qualify for CE credit in this state.
Oregon 3 12/31/2018 N/A Unlimited  
Pennsylvania 3 12/31/2018 10/31/2017 Unlimited  
Rhode Island 3 12/31/2018 9/10/2018 Unlimited  
South Dakota 3 12/31/2018 9/9/2018 Unlimited  
Tennessee 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 Unlimited  
Texas 3 12/31/2018 9/30/2017 Unlimited  
Utah 3 12/31/2018 9/30/2017 Unlimited  
Vermont 3 12/31/2018 9/24/2017 Unlimited  
Virginia 3 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 Unlimited  
Washington 3 12/31/2018 9/17/2019 Unlimited  
Washington, DC 3 12/31/2018 11/15/2017 Unlimited  
Wyoming 3 12/31/2018 9/11/2017 Unlimited  

Product Expiration

You will have access to the course materials for the duration of the training cycle from the date of purchase. No extensions will be given after the end of training cycle. If not completed within the training cycle you will not earn Code of Ethics completion for the current training cycle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must successfully complete the course within your State timelines to earn CE credit. CE course expirations may vary by course due to state-specific approvals, however with the exception of the three states listed below, you generally have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course for CE credit. In rare cases where the course must be completed prior to your course expiration date in order to receive CE credit, you will be notified in advance.



The National Association of REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association. NAR’s 1 million members are involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Our membership is composed of residential and commercial REALTORS®, who are brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of some 1,200 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®. They are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

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