NAR's Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913, ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering clients' best interests. All REALTOR® members are required to complete 2.5 hours of Code of Ethics training per three-year cycle.
Failure to comply with this required ethics training is a violation of a membership duty. With the exception of REALTOR® Emeriti, all REALTORS® and REALTOR-ASSOCIATES® regardless of area of specialty—residential, commercial, appraisal, etc.—must satisfy the triennial ethics requirement.
Please note that the triennial Code of Ethics is a National Association of REALTORS® mandate. It is not a requirement of the Tennessee Real Estate Commission or its continuing education requirements for licensees. However, if you take an Ethics CE course you will meet part of your CE requirement as well as the NAR membership mandate.
Current Training Cycle
Originally, the training was required every four years, but in 2017, NAR changed the requirement to every two years. In 2019, NAR's Board of Directors approved a change to the Code of Ethics training requirement, extending the current cycle (Cycle 6) from every two (2) years to every three (3) years.
The current cycle runs from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2021. The next cycle (Cycle 7) will begin January 1, 2022, and end December 31, 2024.
The requirement for Cycle 6 must be met on or before December 31, 2021. Failure to complete Code of Ethics training by the end of the cycle is a violation of membership duties and may result in suspension or termination of membership.
Options for Fulfilling Required Ethics Training
There are multiple ways to fulfill the triennial Code of Ethics requirement. The following options are all acceptable and members may choose per their needs and convenience.
NAR Online Ethics Course
Be advised, while this course satisfies the triennial ethics requirement, TREC does not give CE credit for this version of the Code of Ethics.
In addition to being an innovative engagement tool, C2EX is also a Code of Ethics training equivalency—and it comes at no additional cost. As of November 2019, members who earn the C2EX Endorsement will satisfy the Code of Ethics training requirement for Cycle 6.
To get started, log in to C2EX.realtor and take the self-assessment. Based on your results, the platform will generate customized learning paths, recommend experiences and provide tools and resources to increase your knowledge and enhance your skillsets. Be advised, this endorsement is not eligible for CE credit.
Real Estate Schools
For questions about the Code of Ethics training requirement and/or fulfillment, contact O'Hara Keszler.