Requirements for NYS REALTORS®

What are my education requirements?

Education requirements for license renewal have changed. Real estate licensees whose licenses expire before July 1, 2021, must complete at least 22.5 hours of continuing education (CE) credit including three hours of fair housing and one hour of agency (two hours if you’re in your first license cycle). REALTORS® must also take an approved Code of Ethics course every three years. All licensees whose licenses expire on or after July 1, 2021, are required to take 22.5 hours of CE credit including three hours of fair housing, one hour of agency (two hours in the first license cycle), two and a half hours of ethical business practices (includes NAR Code of Ethics training) and one hour of recent legal matters (may include statutes, laws, regulations, rules, codes, DOS opinions and decisions, and court decisions). Brokers who were previously exempt from earning CE credit will no longer be exempt when they renew their licenses after July 1, 2021.

NOTE: Licensees may not renew early to avoid the education obligation.

Is there any financial assistance available?

Visit the New York State Real Estate Education Foundation at to learn how to apply for a designation or certification course scholarship. It’s free!

Did you know?

When you take any NAR designation/certification course, you can apply it toward your GRI designation or in some cases substitute it for a GRI course.

Need assistance?

Take advantage of our staff to assist you, our instructors to support you, and the Education Foundation to help fund your quest for excellence.

Where are classes held?

Currently, the majority of NYSAR classes are held via Zoom allowing members from across the state the convenience of attending a course from their home or office.

Who teaches our courses?

NYSAR faculty members have many years of experience practitioners and expertise instructing adults like you. They share tools and techniques you can apply immediately to grow your business. And they care about your success – they’re available to answer your questions, long after your class is over.

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