CNA111 CNAREA Ethics Announcement

CNA111 CNAREA Ethics Course

As part of our initiative to update our educational materials we have rewritten the CNAREA Ethics course to reflect current issues and stakeholder expectations.

Over the last two years we have reported to members that complaints have become more frequent. CNAREA takes all complaints seriously and as such we have made the complaint process a more thorough and consistent process. Part of this is reviewing each complaint for consistencies which our insurance provider has welcomed and although complaints cover a variety of issues and situations, we have found underlying themes. One of the primary themes is what can be only referred to as poor ethical decision making. As a result, over the last year we have undertaken to update the CNAREA Ethics course to make it relevant to today’s business environment and decision making.

With the introduction of this course several policy changes are being made that have been approved by the Board of Directors. In the past CNA111 CNAREA Ethics was to be completed every five (5) years. The current course is a 4 CE credit hour course (half day), in class course looking at a several case studies with an exam at the end of the session. The material has not been updated for many years, is clearly not appropriate for today’s business environment, and does not look at Ethical behaviour and decision making.

The new Ethics course is a comprehensive correspondence course that gives members an opportunity to delve into ethical behaviour and decision making. The course is 16 CE hours and members will have 45 days from date of registration to complete. The material submitted for grading is open book and is designed to demonstrate learnings from the session and how it applies to appraisers.

The initial course will be rolled out in stages over 2020 and will be required by all members. After this there will be a required update which will occur every two years and will be in alternating years to the USPAP update. The update will be much shorter (4 CE hours) and completed in a similar format to the USPAP update.

The roll out of the full Ethics course will be as follows:

March 15, 2020 – The course will be available for Candidate Members and Candidate Non-Fee Members that are currently working on the mandatory education program for the DAR designation and have not completed the previous CNAREA ethics course. September 15, 2020 all Candidate and Candidate Non-Fee members must have ordered the course and must have it completed by October 30, 2020.

December 31, 2020 all Designated Members must have ordered the course and must have it completed by February 15, 2021. Any member at any time before the deadlines can order the course if you want to get a head start.

Upon successful completion of the course, each member will receive 16 hours CE Credits.
The cost of the course is $350 + taxes, which includes the following material:

1) Instructions
2) Text – Ethical Issues in Business, Second Edition; edited by Peg Tittle
3) Workbook (fillable PDF) – CNA111 CNAREA Ethics Course
4) Exam (fillable PDF)

We understand that this course will add to the education work load of our members but based on the complaints and input from our insurance providers we had no choice but to develop and implement this course. We feel strongly that members will benefit from this material and allow them to make better decisions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the CNAREA office at 888-399-3366 or