The National Association of REALTORS® 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. The Code of Ethics is an
important part of what separates REALTORS® from other real estate professionals
and all REALTORS® are required to abide by NAR’s Code of Ethics.
Below are the most frequently asked questions and answers to NAR's Code of
Ethics training requirement.
Who mandates the REALTOR® Code of Ethics (“COE”) training requirement?
Since 2001, the National Association of REALTORS® (“NAR”) has required all
REALTORS® to take Code of Ethics training, at least once during each given
cycle, in order to retain their membership.
What cycle are we currently in?
The 6th cycle, which began on January 1, 2019 and concludes on December
What are NAR’s current given cycles?
6th period: January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021
7th period: January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024
8th period: January 1, 2025 through December 31, 2027
How do I check to see if I am not currently in compliance?
Login in to your member portal at NABOR.com and look under
the “Education/My Courses” section on the home page after login.
Is NABOR® automatically notified when I complete my COE training outside of NABOR®?
No. It is your responsibility to forward a copy of your Certificate of
Completion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If my 14-hour CE course included 3-hours of Ethics & Business Practices, does that satisfy NAR’s COE training requirement?
Yes. Please forward a copy of your certificate of completion to
Does my 45 or 60 hour post licensing course satisfy my COE training requirement?
Are there other methods available to satisfy my COE training requirement?
Yes, through NAR’s Commitment to Excellence (C2EX Endorsement), Florida real
estate schools, other Boards/Associations across the country, and NABOR®.
Does my GRI 101 course satisfy my COE training requirement?
I have Emeritus status. Does NAR’s COE requirement still apply to me?
I’m a REALTOR® and I’m also an attorney. Does NAR’s COE requirement still apply to me?
I’m a REALTOR® and I’m also an appraiser. Does NAR’s COE requirement still apply to me?
As the broker of my firm, can I obtain a list of my REALTORS® who have not complied with the current COE training requirement?
Yes. Brokers can obtain this list by logging in to their Member Portal through
the NABOR.com home page. Once logged in, select “Office /
Broker Reports” at the top of the page. With your mouse, click anywhere
inside the “Active Agents” box (not on the down arrow key) and then select
“Code of Ethics Status – All”. Anyone with a completion date prior to January 1,
2019 is not is not compliant with NAR’s 6th period REALTOR® Code of Ethics
What happens if I don’t comply with NAR’s COE training requirement on time?
Failure to meet the requirement is a violation of a membership duty and will
result in suspension of membership for the first two months (January and
February) of the year following the end of any three (3) year cycle or until the
requirement is met, whichever occurs sooner. On March 1 of that year, the
membership of a member who is still suspended as of that date will automatically
The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.