Spokane Association of REALTORS®
HELPFUL INFORMATION ON REQUIRED CLASSES
Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate
The Washington State Real Estate Commission and Department of Licensing require the completion of 3 clock hours of prescribed class. The 3 mandatory Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate must be included in the 30 clock hours required for active licensees. It is important that the course you are taking states that it is the Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate as no other course counts as this course. (NO, the Code of Ethics course is not the same). The SAR offers this course as a 3.5 hybrid class. Or you may also take it online at www.warealtor.com or any of the online real estate schools. Remember, you must take this class every 2 years for your license renewal. We are now in the 2022-2023 two-year cycle.
NAR’s Code of Ethics
During the 1999 National Convention of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Board of Directors approved Mandatory Quadrennial Code of Ethics Training for Existing Members, which provides that REALTORS® are required to complete quadrennial (every three years) ethics training.
**Please note that the National Association of REALTORS® has changed this requirement starting January 1, 2019 to a three-year requirement instead of the four-year requirement. All REALTORS® members are required to complete a REALTORS® Code of Ethics course during each three-year period.
Please note for new agents, within 3 months of joining the SAR, must take a Code of Ethics class. The NAR Code of Ethics Class offered at the SAR is a 3.5-hour class called “Code of Ethics our Promise to Professionalism”. This 7th cycle is from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2024. Your membership will be suspended, until the class is completed, if this requirement is not met.
Purchase & Sale Agreement
The Spokane Association of REALTORS® Education Committee recommended, and the Board of Directors approved, making the Spokane Association of REALTORS® 7.5 clock hour Purchase & Sale Agreement Class required for all residential members every four years beginning in 2005. Note, this class is now a required class. We are now in our 5th cycle starting January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2024 for this four-year cycle. Note: These four-year cycles have nothing to do with your renewal dates. This class cannot be taken as an online class as it would not be on SAR forms. You may take the class at the SAR or if your office offers the class as a 7.5 clock hour class, check with them to be sure they are submitting the sign-in sheets to the SAR for documentation that you have completed the course. Call Tami Peterson at 509-326-9222 with any questions.
Filing System for Certificates
PLEASE NOTE: We recommend setting up some sort of filling system to keep all your class certificates together in one place. A simple 2 pocket folder will do or something more elaborate will work fine too. DOL will send you a renewal form about 30 days prior to your renewal with instructions on how to renew your license online with the required number of clock hours. You will be ahead of the game by having that folder to refer to that has all your class certificates right there in one place so you can be sure of how many hours you have completed. Most schools charge a $25 fee to replace a lost or misplace certificate. Plus, you must track down which school you had taken that class from and that takes time. A filing system to begin with will make your life much easier when it’s time to renew your license.
Keep all your certificates for 5 years at least in case you were to be audited by DOL.
Register online at www.spokanerealtor.com
If you have any questions, please call Tami Peterson 509-326-9222 at the SAR.
You may also view a list of our classes on this site. Click on the Education tab, select SAR Classes. You may register online using your credit card. Don’t wait until the last minute to sign up for a class as it could be completely full.
For a complete list of elective classes being offered through-out the state, please visit www.warealtor.com/education You may take online classes there as well. Call Washington REALTOR® for further questions regarding any of their classes at (800) 748-7053.