Education requirements for NYS REALTORS

NYS Continuing Education Requirements

The New York State Department of State (DOS) requires all licensed real estate brokers, associate brokers and salespersons to complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education within their license period in order to renew their licenses.  This requirement includes at least three hours of approved fair housing and/or anti-discrimination training and one hour of agency training (2 hours during the licensee’s first license cycle) within their license period to renew their real estate license. 

Real estate continuing education credit is granted for programs approved by the DOS only and offered only by DOS-approved providers.    

NYSAR offers fair housing training through the classroom course GRI-5 Buyers as well as many online options.

NYSAR also offers the following classroom courses which provide two hours of agency training:

Exemption; New York State continuing education requirements, including fair housing and agency training, do not apply to any practicing real estate broker who was licensed for at least 15 consecutive years prior to July 1, 2008.

National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Code of Ethics Requirement

Between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016, all REALTORS must complete at least 2.5 hours of Code of Ethics training which meets NAR’s learning objectives. Beginning January 1, 2017, all REALTORS must complete such training every two years. 

This training includes the aspirational concepts found in the Preamble to the Code of Ethics, compares general business ethics with the Articles of the Code of Ethics and explores Standards of Practice outlined in the code. 

Failure to complete the NAR-required Code of Ethics training shall be considered a violation of a membership duty for which REALTOR membership shall be suspended until such time as the required training is completed. 

The required Code of Ethics training with continuing education credit is available in GRI-1 Ethics  or online.  REALTORS may take Code of Ethics training online without CE credit for free.

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