NAR adds fair-housing training requirement to Realtor qualifications 

by John Yellig

The National Association of REALTORS® added a fair-housing training requirement for new and existing members. 

Realtor applicants must now complete two hours of fair-housing training, and existing Realtors must complete two hours of fair housing training every three years, beginning in 2025. The three-year cycle coincides with NAR’s existing Code of Ethics training requirement.  

NAR’s Board of Directors approved the requirement at its May 11 meeting. 

Courses satisfying the fair-housing requirement are: 

  • At Home with Diversity, which helps Realtors work successfully in an increasingly diverse marketplace. 
  • Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing, which helps Realtors avoid fair-housing pitfalls by identifying and interrupting stereotypical thinking. 
  • Qualified-equivalent courses from state and local associations, institutes, societies and councils and their partnered providers. 
  • Qualified equivalent fair-housing courses approved by state licensing authorities for an existing state fair-housing requirement. 
  • A to-be-created non-residential practitioner course focused on bias and anti-discrimination training. 

Fairhaven, NAR’s online fair-housing simulation, will also be updated to meet the new learning objectives and two-hour minimum time frame so that it can be used as a no-cost option. 

NAR’s board also added a requirement for its own directors, who must now complete the At Home with Diversity, Bias Override and Fairhaven programs. Directors serving in 2024 will be required to complete the programs by May 1 of that year, and beginning in 2025, all directors will need to complete the programs.  

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