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Code of Ethics Training Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NAR Code of Ethics Training Requirement?

NAR mandates that all REALTOR® and Appraiser members of the REALTOR® organization must complete training on the NAR Code of Ethics as a requirement of membership. The training must meet the learning objectives and time requirements established by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

What Code of Ethics Training is required for New Members?

All new members must complete the required Code of Ethics training within the time period specified in the governing documents. Code of Ethics training is part of the New Member Orientation, which must be completed by new and returning members, per the OKCMAR Bylaws.  Code of Ethics programs sponsored by other providers will not be accepted as meeting the New Member Code of Ethics requirement.

What Code of Ethics Training is required for Existing Members?

Every four (4) years, all existing or active REALTOR® members (which include Appraisers) must complete refresher training on the Code of Ethics as a requirement of continued membership. This training for existing members must also meet the learning objectives and time requirements established by the National Association of REALTORS® and be approved by the local association of the primary members.

What is the current 4 year period or cycle for meeting the Code of Ethics Training Requirement?

The current four year period in which all members must complete Code of Ethics training, approved by their Local Association, began January 1, 2013, and will end on December 31, 2016.  NAR refers to this period as Cycle 4.

What happens if this requirement is not met by a member?

In early January 2017, NAR will provide OKCMAR with the names of members who have not met their Code of Ethics Training Requirement. Membership and all related services will be suspended for all people identified on that list until the requirement is met.  Suspended members who do not meet the requirement by March 1, 2017 will be terminated.

What is OKCMAR’s role in the Code of Ethics training process?

  • The local association (OKCMAR) is authorized by NAR to determine which Code of Ethics training programs it will accept as meeting the learning objectives established by NAR.
  • The local association has responsibility for recording and transmitting all Code of Ethics training records for primary members to the National Association of REALTORS®.
  • Per NAR directive, the local association must suspend any member who does not meet the Code of Ethics training requirement within the current quadrennial period.

How can you meet the Code of Ethics Training Requirement for Existing Members?

If you join/joined OKCMAR within the current period (Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2016), the 3 CE Code of Ethics course provided at your New Member Orientation meets the requirement for the current 4 year period ending December 31, 2016. Since you completed this course online on NAR’s website, your records are automatically updated by NAR. No additional action is required by the member.

For existing members, OKCMAR will accept only the courses listed below as meeting the NAR Code of Ethics Training Requirement for the period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016. Remember, only your local association has the authority to determine which classes meet the requirement. For primary OKCMAR members, be sure to refer to the following list of accepted courses.

Which classes will OKCMAR accept as meeting the Code of Ethics Training Requirement for Existing Members?

REALTOR® Code of Ethics (course at OKCMAR) Classroom
NAR Code of Ethics Training
(Note: Part of GRI Curriculum course at OAR)
Classroom
Ethics courses with Charles Barnes, Marie Burroughs and Old Republic Title of Oklahoma Classroom
REALTORS® Code of Ethics Training – Online Course (FREE!)
(formerly known as the Quadrennial Code of Ethics Training)
Online
Cracking the Code Online

 

How will NAR’s records be updated to indicate that you’ve met the training requirement?

The following information applies to primary members of OKCMAR.

  • If you complete any of the classroom courses at OKCMAR, your training record will automatically be updated and sent to NAR. No additional action is required.
  • If you complete any of the classroom courses approved by OKCMAR, but delivered by an OREC approved school/sponsor other than OKCMAR, you must submit a copy of your certificate of completion to OKCMAR, so that we can transmit the record to NAR. Email your scanned certificate to aworley@okcmar.org or FAX to 405-840-9720.
  • If you complete the NAR Online course, NAR knows that you’ve completed the requirement and will notify OKCMAR.
  • If you complete the online program titled, “Cracking the Code,” The CE Shop will notify OKCMAR, and OKCMAR will notify NAR that you’ve met the requirement.

Will this list ever change?

Periodically, OKCMAR may add new courses to the list. If that happens, the course name, along with an effective date, will be included in the list. You are encouraged to review this list periodically for new programs that OKCMAR will accept as meeting the NAR Code of Ethics Training Requirement.