Code of Ethics Requirement

NEW changes for the Code of Ethics mandate!! The National Association of Realtors requires all members of Realtor Associations to complete an approved Code of Ethics course between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018.

NAR’s mandate is now a once every two-year requirement for all Realtors whether or not you are a Broker or an Affiliate Broker. You MUST take this course even if you are “grandfathered” and the state does not require that you take continuing education. NOTE: The Realtor Code of Ethics course is NOT the same course as the Tennessee Real Estate Commission’s TREC CORE course which is required for real estate license renewal by many agents.

Failure to complete training during any cycle will lead to suspension of membership for the January and February immediately following the cycle deadline, with termination of membership starting March 1 after the cycle deadline.

Current Cycle

January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018

Future Cycles

January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020 - 2 year cycle
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022 - 2 year cycle

WCAR Ethics Requirement

All associations and commercial schools offer an ethics course to meet NAR's minimum standard. However, they are not created equal. That's why REALTORS® at WCAR are held to a higher standard. The Education Committee wants to ensure that all WCAR members understand the full 17 articles of the Code of Ethics as well as the Pathways to Professionalism. Some of the courses offered at other associations and commercial schools only cover six articles from the Code of Ethics. Please check with us before completing your ethics course to ensure the class you take meets your requirement as a WCAR member.

If you complete a Code of Ethics course outside of WCAR you are required to let us know by sending your certificate of completion to our Director of Education, Tracie Dycus, so she can update your record.