In a Nutshell
- The Membership Qualification Criteria (adopted by the NAR Board of Directors) are the most rigorous qualifications that an association of REALTORS® can require for REALTOR® membership.
- All membership qualification criteria should be reviewed with the association’s legal counsel, and included in the association’s bylaws if they are adopted.
- Membership qualifications are ongoing requirements for membership.
Nuts & Bolts
Membership Qualification Criteria for Principals and Non-Principals The Membership Qualification Criteria provides associations of REALTORS® with reasonable and nondiscriminatory requirements for membership. They are the most rigorous qualifications for membership that an association can require. The Membership Qualification Criteria and are referenced in Interpretation Number 5 of the NAR Bylaws. The association’s bylaws must specify separate criteria for principals and non-principals. The term “principal” as used in NAR policy includes licensed or certified individuals who are sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, officers or majority shareholders of a corporation, or office managers (including branch office managers) acting on behalf of principals of a real estate firm. The term “non-principal,” as used in NAR policy includes individuals who are engaged in the real estate profession other than as sole proprietors, partners, corporate officers, or branch office managers and are associated with a REALTOR® member. Note that the criteria for principals and non-principals in the Membership Qualification Criteria are different. For example, the Membership Qualification Criteria allows an association to consider bankruptcy within the past three years only for principal applicants and members.