What do all those letters mean after an Auctioneers name?

 

It shows the education acquired by the auctioneer. Well, I can only speak for our Great State of Texas. But in our state we are required to attend 80 classroom hours at an accredited auction school, pass their auctioneer exam to complete training and education requirements – Then apply and pass the Texas State Auctioneer exam.  Texas requires auctioneers to complete 8 hours continuing education yearly to keep our license.  Fail to complete the continuing education requirements and you license is revoked.  Auctioneers are the only retail / shopping companies required to be licensed in the State of Texas.

There are two professional associations that we belong to: Texas Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association.  Both associations promote personal and business growth through education offerings.

Membership in the Texas Auctioneers Association provides auctioneers with the opportunity to grow professionally as well as personally. TAA auctioneers are committed to promoting and preserving the auction method of marketing real and personal property. The members abide by a strict Code of Ethics.

The NAA offers auctioneers many designations, visit their site to learn more. National Auctioneers Association   Members of the NAA abide by a strict Code of Ethics and are connected with an extensive network of auction professionals.

At Trinity Auction Gallery we have earned and continue our education to promote and market our auctions for our clients.  We believe it is important to continue to grow personally and professionally to assist our buyers and sellers in an ever changing market.

At Trinity Auction Gallery the auctioneers have earned the following designations / accreditation’s:

Certified Auctioneer Institute = CAI

The professional designation awarded to practicing auctioneers who meet the experiential, educational and ethical standards set by the NAA Education Institute. In order to be granted the CAI designation, auctioneer scholars must have been practicing full-time auctioneers for at least two year (prior to attending the institute), attend all three years of CAI at the Indiana University, with more than 120 classroom hours, complete all special projects and complete 24 hours of continuing education every three years.  Masters of Auctioneering Business Course.

Auction Technology Specialist = ATS

A professional designation awarded by the NAA Education Institute to help professional auctioneers understand today’s marketing, both technology-based and traditional. To attain the ATS designation, auctioneer-scholars are required to complete 24 classroom hours, complete a custom auction summary report based on knowledge from the designation course, hold online only auctions, and 24 hours of continuing education every three years.

Certified Estate Specialist = CES

A professional designation awarded by the NAA Education Institute to help professional auctioneers understand how to properly conduct and deal with the settling of estates. The course also educates professional auctioneers on working with family members and dealing with lawyers and accountants. In order to be designated with the CES, auctioneer-scholars are required to complete 21 classroom hours and complete 24 hours of continuing education every three years.

Graduate Personal Property Appraiser – GPPA

The professional designation awarded by the NAA Education Institute to qualified property appraisers who meet the educational and experiential requirements of the Institute and who adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice. In order to be designated with the GPPA, auctioneer-scholars are required to complete 35 classroom hours, a detailed written appraisal report and proof of at least two affidavits of appraisals. This designation also requires 24 hours of continuing education every three years.

Looking for an auctioneer to buy from or market your items?  Remember to visit your local and national auctioneer associations to find a professional in your area.