Next NAR Ethics Requirement Deadline is December 31, 2018!

By Sandy Naragon, CEO

In January 2001 the National Association of REALTORS® mandated all REALTORS® complete a 2.5 hour course on ethics every four years. Effective January 1, 2017, that requirement was changed to every two years. The next deadline is December 31, 2018!

There is a lot of confusion about this requirement—primarily because Ohio licensees are also required to complete an Ethics course as part of their tri-annual CE requirements.

#1 Misconception: REALTORS must take two different Ethics courses—one for Ohio CE and the other for NAR requirement.

Truth: As part of the mandate, NAR delegated the procedure for ensuring REALTORS meet the requirement to each local Board of REALTORS. ACAR considers any CE course approved by the Ohio Division of Real Estate for Ethics acceptable to also meet the NAR Ethics requirement.

#2 Misconception: The reporting process is a hassle!

Truth: ACAR staff will automatically update your NAR record showing you’ve completed the requirement if you’ve taken an Ethics CE course through ACAR between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. As a member service, we’ll also update your record if you’ve taken your Ethics course from another provider. Simply confirm whether the provider will be reporting class attendance to ACAR for you. If not, simply email a copy of your certificate to:

Haven’t taken an Ethics CE class since January 1, 2017?  Check out ACAR’s website to find our next scheduled course or find one offered by an area real estate school, affiliate, broker, neighboring REALTOR association, or online.  

NAR also offers online courses, versions of the mandated course (CE and non-CE—note the CE version is for Elective credit only and will not meet your Ohio Ethics CE requirement.) 

If you’re not sure whether you’ve taken your Ethics CE required class yet, click hereSearch for your first and last name, and the “Detail” button will take you to your record which includes a list of your completed CE classes. 


7 responses to “Next NAR Ethics Requirement Deadline is December 31, 2018!

  1. PAULA YOUNG says:

    Why not coordinate with our 3 year requirement or make it a different class altogether and sent to NAR separately. too much confusion.

  2. I don’t understand how to use the Ohio form to search my licence.

    From the drop down menu,I selected, SAL. From there I’ve tried to input my licence number, but received an error message,record not found.

  3. Kristen says:

    Just tried sending an email with my certificate to, it came back undeliverable. Perhaps update the online article, because this is now a hassle.

  4. Dawn Lawson says:

    I just sent mine to and she confirmed she received it.

  5. Wayne Wheeler says:

    How do you know if NAR has received the necessary info.

  6. Mary Kocheff says:

    I emailed mine yesterday to and asked for a confirmation but still haven’t received one. I checked my profile and it is not loaded yet. I emailed again today.

    • Hi Mary,

      Donna is not in today, and she may not have received your email before she left for the day yesterday. I’ll be sure to ask her to follow up with you as soon as she can on Monday.

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