Code of Ethics Training

REALTORS® voluntarily subscribe to the Code of Ethics set by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). All REALTOR® members must take a Code of Ethics course once during each three-year cycle. The current cycle is January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024.

New Members

New members of the North Bay Association or REALTORS® must complete the Code of Ethics training within 120-days after joining. This course should be completed prior to attending New Member Orientation. 

Current Members

If your Ethics course was taken between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2024, and was at least 2.5 hours of instructional time, it may fulfill NAR’s requirement. Please email your course completion certificate to to see if the course satisfies the requirement.

Q: What happens if I do not complete the requirement? A: Membership with NorBAR, C.A.R., and NAR will be suspended until a Code of Ethics course is completed. NAR requires membership to all associations be suspended January – February 2025, and membership is automatically terminated on March 1, 2025.

Q: How do I figure out if a course I previously took counts towards my COE requirements? A: Please submit the certificate you received to NorBAR Member Services at for review.*

Q: I have emeritus, honorary or exempt membership with the DRE; do I need to complete a Code of Ethics training? A: Yes, Code of Ethics training is a NAR requirement, not a licensing (DRE) requirement.

* If you decide to take an alternative course provider, please ensure that the provider is DRE approved. (This should be stated on our completion certificate).

C2EX Endorsement for Existing Members

REALTORS® defined professionalism in this industry more than 100 years ago when they created the Code of Ethics. The C2EX program takes professionalism to the next level by enabling NAR members to assess their expertise in 10 (11 for brokers) elements of professionalism ranging from customer service to use of technology.

This innovative engagement tool encourages participation in all levels of the REALTOR® organization. It’s not a designation or a course. It’s not a requirement, but a benefit available to all NAR members at no additional cost.

To get started, log in to and take the self-assessment that measures your proficiency in each of the elements of professionalism, known as the C2EX Competencies. Based on your results, the platform will generate customized learning paths, recommend experiences, and provide tools and resources to increase your knowledge and enhance your skillsets.

C2EX Is a Code of Ethics Training Equivalency

As of November 2019, members who earn the Commitment to Excellence endorsement will satisfy the Code of Ethics training requirement.

Please note: The C2EX Endorsement does not qualify for Continuing Education credits through state licensing bodies. For more information on how to receive CE credit for individual licensing, please contact the applicable state and local association of REALTORS®.