Tri City Association of REALTORS®

Core Curriculum

The Washington State Real Estate Commission and Department of Licensing require the completion of 3 clock hours of prescribed core curriculum. This requirement went into effect June 1, 2004. Prescribed core curriculum is defined as a specific course of study, recommended by the real estate commission for approval by the director, that provides practical information on contemporary issues relating to the practice of real estate. The 3 mandatory core clock hours 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 Core Curriculum as no other course counts as this course. (NO, the Code of Ethics course is not the Core Curriculum course). TCAR offers the Core Curriculum course as a live class at least once per year. Or, you may also take it online at or any of the online real estate schools. “Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate 2018-2019” is the Core Curriculum course required by DOL. Remember, you must take this class every 2 years for your license renewal. We are now in the 2018-2019 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 four years) ethics training.

**Please note that the National Association of REALTORS® has changed this requirement starting November 11, 2019 to a three-year requirement and extends the current Cycle 6 deadline from Dec. 31, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021. The next cycle (cycle 7) will begin Jan. 1, 2022, and end Dec. 31, 2024. All REALTORS® members are required to complete a REALTORS® Code of Ethics course during each three year period.

Please note for new agents, you are required to attend the first scheduled New Member Orientation that occurs after your join date in order to avoid membership suspension. 2.5 Hours of New Member Orientation are dedicated towards NAR’s Code of Ethics training requirements. Your education record will be updated after you complete the training on National Association of Realtors® site. New members are also encouraged to attend New Agent Jumpstart. This is a class full of in-depth information for new agents. You will receive a $50 refund from your member dues within two weeks of attending New Agent Jumpstart.

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 and have you sign an affidavit that you have completed the required number of clock hours. You return it to DOL with your renewal fee. You will be ahead of the game by having that folder to refer to that has all of 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 have to 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 of your certificates for 5 years at least in case you were to be audited.

Register online

You may also view a list of our classes on this site. From the Education menu, select TCAR Classes. You may register online using your credit card or even print out a registration form and mail in your check. 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 You may take online classes there as well. Call Washington REALTOR® for further questions regarding any of their classes at 800-748-7053.

Click Here to view/print the TCAR/Inland Northwest School of Real Estate Education Policies (PDF)