Ethics, Agency & Fair Housing Requirements


Article VI, Section 6.15: Code of Ethics Training:

"Within 90 days of the date of election to membership, and every two (2) years thereafter, each REALTOR® member and/or Secondary Member of the ASSOCIATION shall be required to complete biennial REALTOR® Code of Ethics Training of not less than two hours and thirty minutes of instructional time." The current two-year cycle will end Dec. 31, 2018.  Note that previously, the cycles were 4 years long which changed effective 1/1/2017 when NAR moved to a 2-year cycle.

This requirement will be considered satisfied upon presentation of documentation that the member has completed a course of instruction conducted by this or another Association, the State Association of REALTORS®, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, or any other recognized educational institution or provider which meets the learning objectives and minimum criteria established by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

REALTOR® members who have completed training as a requirement of membership in another association and REALTOR® members who have completed the New Member Code of Ethics Orientation during any four-year cycle, shall not be required to complete additional ethics training until a new four-year cycle commences.

REALTORS® Code of Ethics Training course 

  • Click here to access the free non-CE 2.5 Hours on-line REALTORS® Code of Ethics Training course developed by the National Association of REALTORS®
  • Or register for an upcoming on-site 4 Hour Ethics class with CE here.  We also offer several on-site courses that contain all 22.5 hours of CE needed for your 2-year CE cycle. Check out 'Shades of Grey' and 'Your Backstage Pass to Become a Top Producer'. Each is offered a couple of times each year at GRAR.


See new requirements for NYS REALTORS.

Update 11/2016:  Due to a recent statutory amendment to the Real Estate Property Law, effective January 1, 2017, any real estate licensee who renews their license must have completed 22 ½ hours of approved continuing education, three hours of which must include fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property along with the updated requirement of at least 1 hour of law of agency. If a salesperson is within their first license term, they must complete 2 hours of agency, along with the other designated educational hours. This change does not apply to those licensees who are exempt from the continuing education requirement. 

These requirements do not apply to any practicing real estate broker who was licensed for at least 15 consecutive years prior to July 1, 2008. Real estate continuing education credit is granted for programs approved by the DOS only and offered only by DOS approved providers.