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The North Carolina Real Estate Commission (“Commission”) is an independent state governmental agency.  Its primary function is to license and regulate real estate agents. 

The Commission requires all licensed real estate agents to complete eight hours of continuing education (CE) annually, regardless of whether you are a REALTOR or not.   The CE requirement includes a four-hour Update class and a 4 hour elective course. If you wish to take more than one elective class a year, the extra  4 hour elective credit will roll over to the next year. The calendar year for completion of the 8 hours is July 1 through June 30. 

In addition to the Commission's CE requirement, NAR requires all REALTORS to take a Code of Ethics class every 3 years between 2022 and 2024. You can take a minimum 2.5 hour Code of Ethics course to meet NAR’s requirement, or you can take a 4 hour Code of Ethics class to meet your NAR requirement and get credit for an elective class with the Commission.

The Foothills REALTOR Association offers two options for completing your continuing education classes, as well as optional educational offerings through NAR and NCAR.  To view course offerings, click the individual options on the graphics below or on the drop-down menu.  If you sign up for classes with DebbieTheTeacher or The CE Shop, the Foothills REALTOR Association receives a revenue share – so thank you in advance for your support!

The Commission is not authorized to give legal advice or answer questions on legal subjects other than the North Carolina Real Estate License Law.  For legal advice, contact the North Carolina Association of REALTORS Legal Hotline at

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