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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 two-year cycle. The current cycle runs from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2021.

Failure to comply with this required ethics training is a violation of a membership duty. If the requirement is not satisfied on or before December 31, 2021, the member will be suspended from membership for two (2) months or until the member satisfies the requirement, whichever is sooner. On March 1, 2022, if the member is still not in compliance, then they will be terminated from membership.

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.


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.

Classroom Course

MAAR offers several sessions throughout the year that will fulfill your ethics requirement. Review the course calendar for upcoming options.

NAR Online Ethics Course

NAR offers an online ethics course that can be completed in one session (approximately 2.5 hours) or completed in parts within 30 days from the start. You will need your NRDS number in order to access the online course. If you do not have your NRDS number, contact Member Services.

Be advised, while this course satisfies the triennial ethics requirement, TREC does not give CE credit for this version of the Code of Ethics.

Real Estate Schools

If you have taken a qualifying ethics course at a real estate school, fax your course completion certificate, course transcript or class roster to O'Hara Keszler, 901.761.4003, so your compliance can be reported to NAR.


For questions about the Code of Ethics training requirement and/or fulfillment, contact O'Hara Keszler
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