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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

NAR Code of Ethics training requirements

Have we received your proof of completion for the 2019-2021 cycle?

If you’ve been receiving emails and phone calls from GCAAR about not meeting your NAR three-year Code of Ethics requirement, take note! The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) does NOT have a record that you’ve completed it by the December 31, 2021 deadline – and your REALTOR® status was suspended on Feb. 1.  

If no proof of completion is provided between now and Feb. 28, NAR has instructed us to TERMINATE your REALTOR® association membership on March 1, 2022. This means YOU WILL NO LONGER HAVE ACCESS TO SENTRILOCK or your other member benefits!

If GCAAR has reached out to you, PLEASE email your proof of completion and GCAAR member number to ASAP so we can report it to NAR. (And for everyone who has already notified GCAAR – thank you!) You can check your status any time at

Code of ethics frequently asked questions

Q: What is the requirement? 

A: Every three years, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) requires REALTORS® to take a Code of Ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by NAR. 

Q: When is the deadline for this cycle? 

A: The current cycle, which began on January 1, 2019, ends Dec. 31, 2021.  

Q: What class can I take to fulfill the requirement?  

A: You can meet the requirement by having completed one of the following options from January 1, 2019-December 31, 2021: 

  • An MD, DC, or VA Code of Ethics CE class with GCAAR  

  • An online Code of Ethics CE class with The CE Shop  

  • An online course with NAR, including the following options: a free existing member non-CE course, a free new member non-CE course, a paid CE option, or earning the C2EX endorsement.

  • A Code of Ethics CE class with an approved CE provider, including another local association or state association 

Q: How can I verify my status with NAR to see if I have already fulfilled the Code of Ethics requirement for this cycle?  

A: For more information, and to check your status, visit: 

Q: I’m a primary or secondary member with GCAAR. How does the reporting work? Do I need to send GCAAR proof of my course completion?  

A:  GCAAR can only report Code of Ethics completion to NAR for our primary and secondary members. 

If you are a primary or secondary REALTOR® member with GCAAR, and have taken an MD, DC, or VA Ethics CE class with GCAAR, we have reported your completion to NAR. You do not need to send anything to GCAAR nor NAR. 

If you are a primary or secondary REALTOR® member with GCAAR, and have taken an online MD, DC, or VA Ethics class with The CE Shop via GCAAR’s link:, we received a copy of your completion certificate and reported that to NAR. You do not need to send anything to GCAAR nor NAR.  

If you are a primary or secondary REALTOR® member with GCAAR, and have taken a Code of Ethics course with: 

  • NAR on their site

  • the CE Shop without using the GCAAR link 

  • a different local/state REALTOR® association  

  • another approved third-party CE provider  

We do not have record of your course completion. Please email proof of completion to so that we can report to NAR.   

Q: I’m a non-member that took a GCAAR Code of Ethics CE class. How does my reporting work?  

A: Your fulfillment of the Code of Ethics requirement is tied only to the local REALTOR® association(s) with which you have a primary membership. GCAAR can only report Code of Ethics completion to NAR for our primary or secondary members. This means if you took a class with GCAAR as a non-member, we were unable to report your completion to NAR nor did we report it to your primary local REALTOR® association. You must refer to your primary local REALTOR® association’s guidelines to ensure you have fulfilled their requirements. As a non-member, please email if you need to request proof of attendance for an MD, DC or VA Ethics class taken at GCAAR.  

Q: I took the New Member Code of Ethics course online with NAR or as a CE course with GCAAR to meet my GCAAR New Member requirement—do I need to take another course?  

A: No, a new member who has completed the New Member Code of Ethics requirement shall not be required to complete additional ethics training until the next three-year cycle. 

Q: Do affiliate members need to complete the ethics requirement? 

A: No, this is a requirement by NAR for its REALTOR® members.  

Q: I’m an appraiser, not a salesperson/broker. Do I need to do an ethics course?

A: All members of NAR, who have a NRDS ID, need to complete an applicable ethics course every three-year cycle. If you were exempt from taking the course, it would say so when you  verify your status with NAR. If you have not set up an account with NAR online, you will need to do so first via “Register” from the link just provided using your NRDS # and last name before accessing courses. 

In this case, your best option is to take the Code of Ethics Course for Existing Members (Free): non-CE. You will see that it allows you to pick your content, which includes a track/options for appraisal.

Q: When is the next cycle? 

A: The next cycle will be January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024.