Code of Ethics FAQ
- When does a member’s cycle begin?
[a] Cycles changed from every two years to every three years in November 2019. The current cycle ends December 31, 2021.
- How Does the 3-year Cycle Work?
[a] NAR requires every REALTOR to take an Ethics course every three years. If you still need to meet your Ethics requirement, CAR education provides a FREE Ethics course to all members. This course meets the NAR requirement. We report those who have passed the course directly to NAR.
- Does the CE license renewal satisfy this requirement?
[a] The free ethics course is included in CAR’s 45-hour license renewal package.
- Do C.A.R. Honorary Member for Life recipients required to complete the Code of Ethics Training?
[a] Yes, only NAR Emeritus Members are exempt from the Code of Ethics Training requirement.
- What happens if a REALTOR® does not meet the training requirement on time?
[a] Failure to meet the requirement is a violation of a membership duty and will result in the suspension of membership for the first two months (January and February) of the year following the end of any three (3) year cycle or until the requirement is met, whichever occurs sooner. On March 1 of that year, the membership of a member who is still suspended as of that date will be automatically terminated.
- What are the consequences when membership is suspended?
[a] A REALTOR® who is suspended for not meeting the REALTORS® ethics training requirement is that all the rights, privileges, and services entitled to a REALTOR® are suspended until they satisfy the training requirement. If they meet the requirement the next day, then their rights, privileges, and services are restored the next day. While suspended, though, the obligation to abide by the Code of Ethics continues, as does the obligation to pay dues.
- How long can a member be suspended for not completing their ethics training?
[a] Failure to meet the requirement for any three-year cycle will result in the suspension of membership for the first two months (January and February) of the year following the end of any three (3) year cycle or until the requirement is met, whichever occurs sooner. On March 1 of that year, the membership of a member who is still suspended as of that date will be automatically terminated.
- What are the consequences of membership suspension on MLS access?
[a] Suspension of REALTOR® membership will, in most instances, have no effect on MLS participatory or user/subscriber privileges. Licensees affiliated with MLS Participants have subscriber/user rights irrespective of whether they hold REALTOR® membership personally—or whether their REALTOR® membership is in good standing or is suspended.
- What if a REALTOR® who is a sole proprietor, a partner in a partnership, or a corporate officer is suspended for non-compliance?
[a] The consequences of the suspension of a REALTOR® who is a sole proprietor, partner, or corporate officer are established in associations’ bylaws (generally in Article VI) and vary from association to association based on what their bylaws provided. As a rule, suspension for failing to meet the training requirement will be treated the same as suspension for violating any other membership duty. Some associations’ bylaws require that the membership of all other principals, partners, and corporate officers suspends if any one of them is suspended—unless the suspended member severs their relationship with the firm. Other associations permit the other principals, partners, and corporate officers to avoid suspension if the suspended member removes themselves from any form or degree of management control of the firm. These are choices each local association makes in establishing its bylaws.