How to Become an Auctioneer

by Shenron on February 24, 2010

Attending an auction is a thrilling experience for anyone that has never been before. It’s a world filled with seemingly useless junk that can often sell for outrageous prices. If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to be the guy on stage that shouts out the current bids and keeps things moving, becoming an auctioneer may be an interesting side job or full time career if you know where to take it. Below we have outlined what it takes to become an auctioneer.

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1. You’re going to want to get some knowledge of the field and some experience with what an auction has behind the scenes before you start thinking about making it your full time job. There are many TV stations that play auctions from around the world on a regular basis, and if you check your local paper, you’re bound to find some local auctions that you can attend to see what’s involved. We recommend taking a pen and paper with you if you go in person and see what everyone is doing. Watch the auctioneer, the people confirming bids, and all of the inner workings of the auction to see if it’s something you’d like to pursue.

2. Like most careers, a college degree isn’t necessary to be a professional auctioneer, but as always, it’s highly recommended. If you can get a degree in something like public speaking or communications, you’ll be a lot better off than someone that jumps the gun and goes straight to work. Either way, degree or not, you’ll want to head over to the National Auctioneer’s Association’s website to see how you can enroll in an auctioneer training program. The program and membership into the NAA will cost you a few hundred dollars a year, but if you want to learn the trade correctly, it’s a necessary step.

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3. With your training complete, it’s time to get some hands on experience. Try heading over to your local auction houses and volunteering to help out. If you can get some footing in the auction house by doing some of the dirty work, like confirming people’s bids and taking down their information after they win an item, you may be asked to step in as an auctioneer at some point.

4. If the preliminary “training” period doesn’t seem like something you’re interested in and you’d like to get straight to work you have two options. Firstly, it is recommended that you be knowledgeable in some specific area. This means that if you know a lot about cars or houses, you’ll find your niche in the auctioneering world as someone that can very easily handle the auctions of cars or houses. With your niche in place, you can either start your own auction house or travel the country running other people’s auctions. If you chose the former, the NAA website has a lot of great information about how to get started. If you chose the latter, it will take time to build a client base but if you research auction houses online and prove yourself worthy to their standards, you may end up with a permanent gig.

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