Code of Ethics Training Deadline: December 31, 2021

Code of Ethics Training

One way REALTORS® differ from non-REALTOR® practitioners is that REALTORS® follow a strict CODE OF ETHICS in their work with consumers. The National Association of REALTORS® requires that every REALTOR® must complete two and half hours of Code of Ethics training within each training cycle.

In November 2019, NAR's Board of Directors approved a change to the Code of Ethics training requirement. The change extends the training requirement from every two years to every three years and extends the current Cycle 6 deadline from Dec. 31, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021. The next cycle (cycle 7) will begin Jan. 1, 2022, and end Dec. 31, 2024.

#1 Question: Code & Core Demystified

We receive daily questions regarding the difference between CORE & CODE. Admittedly, it can be confusing and we hope to help clarify things a bit.

CODE: All REALTOR® members are required to complete the REALTOR® Code of Ethics training every two calendar years. This is a REALTOR® membership requirement.

CORE: All Washington real estate licensees (to include REALTORS®) are required to complete 30-hours of approved continuing education, to include a 3–hour CORE Course (aka Current trends and issues in residential/commercial real estate in Washington). This is a Department of Licensing requirement and is also on a 2-year cycle based on your date of licensure.

In a nutshell, CORE is not CODE. CORE is a requirement through the State of Washington; and CODE is a requirement for REALTOR® membership.The easiest way to make sure you’re satisfying the requirement for your real estate license and REALTOR® membership is to take CORE and CODE every other year … plus other classes too for a total of 30-hours

Check if You've Completed Your COE Training

Can't remember if you've already taken the NAR Code of Ethics? You can log in to your member portal page to verify or call us at 1-800-562-6024.