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 on a biennial cycle. These cycles are referred to as the Code of Ethics. We are currently in the Fifth Biennial cycle, which begins January 1, 2017 and ends on December 31, 2017. Any REALTOR® who does not complete a qualified (NAR approved) ethics course between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018, 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 Biennial Ethics Requirement
- View the SAARclass 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. Pleaseclick 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 Biennial Ethics Requirement. If you have completed a course, or are thinking of taking a course, that says it "Meets NAR Requirement for Biennial 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.