Core Standards

Core Standards Certification Resources for AEs

Local, state, and territorial associations of Realtors®, as a condition of membership in the National Association of Realtors®, must meet NAR’s Organizational Alignment Core Standards. Below, you’ll find FAQs, important dates, tools, and links to help your local board achieve recertification. NJ Realtors® staff is here for you as a resource – please contact Mary Pilaar for assistance with Core Standards.

Important Dates:

April 30: Submit materials for NJ Realtors® review period

June 30: Final deadline to submit materials to NAR


Ensure this link to NAR resources is on your website. If you have questions regarding Code of Ethics requirements, including Professional Standards, Mediation, and the Ombudsman program, contact Teresa Tilton for assistance.


Area 11: Associations are required to share RPAC information with members. Here’s a link to our current RPAC brochure, which you may download and share on your website and in emails to members. Please contact Christina Farrell to request hard copies.Area 14: There are many ways in which your board can demonstrate how you are engaging in advocacy. One way is to testify at public meetings on proposed real estate legislation or regulation, or to submit public comment. If you’ve conducted an Independent Expenditure, that would also satisfy this requirement. You may also download our legislative updates book to provide to politicians in your area, whether they are town or county officials.For additional assistance, contact Douglas Tomson.


Associations are required to demonstrate activity in four areas in this section. Of those activities, you must have activity in at least three of the following four sub-categories.i. Being the “voice for real estate”: This can include activities like distributing a housing market data press release, arranging media interviews with association leadership, using social media, and more. For assistance with any of these activities, contact Allison Rosen.ii. Community involvement: An easy way to meet this requirement is to provide materials that help our members succeed. You can use this as they are, or NJ Realtors® is happy to co-brand them with your board’s logo. You can post these on your website, on social media channels, and email to members and they can download them to provide to clients. To have any of these materials co-branded, email Amanda Thorogood with a high-resolution version of your logo and the selected materials you’d like to use.

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iii. Advocacy efforts: Many of the activities in this section will also qualify in Section II of the compliance form. Examples can be conducting IE races, an Issues Mobilization program, town hall meetings, and more. Contact your NJ Realtors® government affairs representative for assistance.

Catherine Best: Atlantic City and County Board of Realtors®; Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors®; RealSource Association of Realtors®; Warren County Board of Realtors®; and West Essex Board of Realtors®

Christina Farrell: Burlington Camden County Association of Realtors®; Cumberland County Board of Realtors®; Ocean City Board of Realtors®; Ocean County Board of Realtors®; and Sussex County Association of Realtors®

Stephanie Forrest: Cape May County Association of Realtors®; Hunterdon/Somerset Association of Realtors®; North Central Jersey Association of Realtors®; and Passaic County Board of Realtors®

Bruce Shapiro: Gloucester Salem Counties Board of Realtors®; Liberty Board of Realtors®; Mercer County Association of Realtors®; Middlesex County Association of Realtors®; and Monmouth County Association of Realtors®

iv. Community investment: Placemaking Micro-grants are an excellent way to meet this requirement and make a difference in your community. NAR has tons of resources and ideas, but NJ Realtors® staff is also happy to help you create your project and apply for the grants. Watch this video to learn more or click here to get started.


For assistance with your bylaws, contact Teresa Tilton, and for questions regarding your strategic plan, contact Mary Pilaar. If you have questions or need assistance with completing the six hours required for AEs in professional development, reach out to Maureen Murphy.


Your association must maintain a website as well as an email or internet-based method of communication with your members. If you need assistance in either of these areas, contact John Shehata.


The final area of certification requires proof of financial solvency through policies and audits. If you need a CPA or have questions, contact Martha Chanese.


Frequently Asked Questions

Download a helpful document from NAR regarding frequently asked questions about Core Standards.