Code of Ethics
One way REALTORS® differ from non-REALTOR® practitioners is that REALTORS® follow a strict CODE OF ETHICS in their work with consumers. The National Association of REALTORS® requires that every REALTOR® must complete two and half hours of Code of Ethics training within each training cycle. Current Cycle: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024.
#1 QUESTION: CODE & CORE DEMYSTIFIED
We receive daily questions regarding the difference between CORE & CODE. Admittedly, it can be confusing and we hope to help clarify things a bit.
CODE: All REALTOR® members are required to complete the REALTOR® Code of Ethics training every three calendar years. This is a REALTOR® membership requirement.
CORE: All Washington real estate licensees (to include REALTORS®) are required to complete 30-hours of approved continuing education, to include a 3–hour CORE Course (aka Current trends and issues in residential/commercial real estate in Washington). This is a Department of Licensing requirement and is also on a 2-year cycle based on your date of licensure.
In a nutshell, CORE is not CODE. CORE is a requirement through the State of Washington; and CODE is a requirement for REALTOR® membership. The easiest way to make sure you’re satisfying the requirement for your real estate license and REALTOR® membership is to take CORE and CODE every other year … plus other classes too for a total of 30-hours.
Read the Code of Ethics