What are all those letters after your name?

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It’s impressive to see all those letters after your Auctioneer’s name, right?  They must be pretty educated, right?  But, do you know what they mean?  The NAA provides its members with a diverse range of professional designation courses specifically built to help Auctioneers specialize while expanding their professional knowledge.  This is how we put the “Pro” in #NAAPro.

Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) - The CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) designation is awarded to Auctioneers after an intensive course of study over a three-year period. The Auctioneers earning this prestigious designation are prepared to provided the highest level of service to both buyers and sellers, and have taken advanced courses in operations, marketing, legal issues, ethics, and so much more.  CAI means your Auctioneer is up to date on trends and issues facing the industry, and have studied best practices from seasoned experts.

Accredited Auctioneer Real Estate (AARE) - This designation is reserved for auction professionals who sell real estate at auction and typically, these individuals are also licensed real estate brokers.  Best practices are shared by industry leaders in selling real estate at auction.

Auction Marketing Management (AMM) - A professional designation awarded by the NAA Education Institute to help professional auctioneers understand today’s marketing, both technology-based and traditional.

Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) - A professional designation awarded by the NAA Education Institute designed to teach professional auctioneers the planning techniques that create successful benefit auctions. BAS auctioneers learn marketing skills and create a business strategy to build their clientele and profits.

Contract Auction Specialist (CAS) - Awarded by the NAA Education Institute to help Contract Auctioneers learn successful practices to treat the work they do as a business. This course covers marketing, sales, professionalism, and money management including the tax and insurance implications of working for yourself.

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.

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.

Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) - A professional designation awarded by the NAA Education Institute to help professional auctioneers learn the responsibilities of appraising assets. Designees are taught to conduct a complete and appropriate appraisal, as well as taught to know the various factors that affect the value of appraised items. MPPA designees specialize in one or more of the following areas: antiques & estates, plant machinery & equipment, construction & agricultural equipment or small business valuation. In order to be granted an MPPA designation, the auctioneer must already be credentialed with the GPPA.


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