Mandatory ethics training requirements for new and continuing REALTOR® members was established by the National Association’s Board of Directors at the 1999 Annual Convention to heighten member awareness of the key tenets of the Code of Ethics; to create an awareness of and appreciation for the role the Code can and should play in their professional lives; to enhance professionalism and competency; and to encourage REALTORS® to view their Code of Ethics as a living, viable guide in their daily dealings with clients, customers, and the public.
REALTORS® are required to take a Code of Ethics course once every four-year cycle. These cycles are referred to as the Code of Ethics Quadrennials. We are currently in the Fourth Quadrennial, which began January 1, 2013 and ends December 31, 2016. Any REALTOR® who does not complete a qualified (NAR approved) ethics course between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016 is in violation of a membership requirement, and their membership will be suspended until the requirement is met. NAR defines "suspension" as “…suspension of all Board/Association-provided membership rights, privileges and services (including those provided by the State and National Association)... including use of the term REALTOR®..."
How to complete your Quadrennial Ethics Requirement
- View the SAAR class calendar at right for our upcoming Code of Ethics courses. These courses meet the Quadrennial Ethics Requirement and also provide 3 hours Commissioner's Standards CE.
- The Code of Ethics course is available online through NAR for free. Please click here to view more information on NAR's Online Code of Ethics and begin the course. You may take up to 30 days to complete this course.
- Take the Code of Ethics online AND get CE hours through one of our online education partners: Desert Sage Seminars (use discount code SAARDSS) OR The CE Shop.
- Other associations or real estate schools may offer classes that meet NAR's standard for the Quadrennial Ethics Requirement. If you have completed a course, or are thinking of taking a course, that says it "Meets NAR Requirement for Quadrennial Code of Ethics", please call us at 480-945-2651 to verify the class qualifies and so we can update our records.
Send in your Certificate of Completion
If you do not take your ethics course through SAAR, please be sure to provide us with proof of your attendance at a NAR-approved Quadrennial Ethics course. This would be in the form of a certificate. Uploading the certificate to ADRE does not notify SAAR, you must send us a copy.
Send your certificate to:
Or fax to 480-422-7945
If you took the Code of Ethics through SAAR, we do not need a certificate.
Do I need to take the Code of Ethics?
If you are not sure whether you have fulfilled your ethics requirement or not, please click here and click "View My Education Records" (you will need to log in to your REALTOR.org account). If the Course Number ends in 'C4', you have completed the Fourth Quadrennial Code of Ethics Requirement. All REALTORS® must take an approved course between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2016. You can also contact us to verify.