The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSâ was formed in 1908 and the Code of Ethics was adopted in 1913. The purpose of the Code was to establish a professional standard of conduct for real estate practitioners.
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSâ was one of the first business groups to adopt a code of ethics. The first Code included "duties to clients" and "duties to other brokers." Later, when real estate license laws were established, many of these laws were based on the standards set in the REALTORâ Code of Ethics.
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:
awareness of the key tenets of the Code of Ethics
- 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
are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes
of instructional time within two-year cycles. The training must meet specific
learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of
A new two-year cycle began January 1, 2017. The deadline for this cycle is December 31, 2018.
may be completed through local REALTOR® associations or through another method,
such as home study, correspondence, classroom courses, or online courses.
Take the Member course online here