NAR's Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913, was one of the first codifications of ethical duties adopted by any business group. The Code ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering clients' best interests.
- Video: Origins of the Code of Ethics
- Media Coverage: Code of Ethics Centennial
- Audio: Why the Code Matters for Consumers
Ethics Training Courses
Code of Ethics Video Series
Understand what separates a REALTOR® from other real estate professionals. Included in the Code of Ethics video series are fifteen short video segments covering the Preamble, Articles and Standards of Practice. Also included are support materials and questions to enhance relationships with clients and other real estate professionals. Each segment is five to seven minutes long, available 24/7 and free of charge.
The videos can be viewed directly from REALTOR.org (streaming) or can be downloaded in a high-resolution version to be used when an Internet connection is not available.
NAR - Quigler App
NAR has licensed the code of ethics to Quigler for “educational purposes.” Quigler, in turn, has created for REALTORS® a new app that makes it easier to learn the Code and insert it into their daily transaction process. It is available to all REALTORS® free of charge at www.Quigler.com/NARCODE.
Quigler tells the agent what the Code requires at each “Step” of a buy/sell transaction by extracting from the Code those actions applicable to the transaction. It then organizes those required actions into a sequential series of Steps, from “Pre-Listing Activities” to “Accepted Offer/Contract” (nine in all), with the required Actions under each Step as a checklist. Each action is a simple “yes” or “no” question (i.e., Did you do this? Did you do that?).
When an agent does what the Code requires, the agent checks a box and can have Quigler send an automated notification to the agent’s client, creating a running written record of what the agent has done to comply with the Code, all time-stamped and dated.
The Code of Ethics cycle required by NAR began on January 21, 2019. The deadline for this cycle is December 31, 2020.
NAR's Board of Directors approved a change to the Code of Ethics training requirement, extending it from every two years to every three years. This extends the current cycle deadline from Dec. 31, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021.
REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®. View all courses below.
Training may be completed through local REALTOR® associations or through another method, such as home study, correspondence, classroom courses, or online courses. Read the consequences for failing to complete Code of Ethics training.
Here are a few options offered by KRI to satisfy the requirement and more may be added:
Everyday Ethics (counts as 3 hours elective & 3 hours law CE)
Professional Standards for Real Estate Practice (counts as 3 hours elective CE)
GRI 100: Ethics & Law (counts as 3 hours elective & 3 hours law CE)