If you want to sell people their next great furniture piece, love the thrill of a fast-paced auction, or just learn how to talk really fast, you might consider going to Auctioneer school. These courses will give you the background and skills to shine at any auction. While there aren’t many auctioneering classes available online, there are plenty of in-person regional courses in different states and most teach similar curriculums. You’ll learn about how to call bids, the different types of auctions, and how to deal with legal matters. Since licenses to become an auctioneer are different by state, it’s recommended that you are a resident of the state you’re taking the class, so you can receive the most up-to-date information on your state’s specific laws, and eventual auctioneering exam.
Best Overall Course: America’s Auction Academy
If you live in or are willing to travel to Dallas, Texas, this 83-hour course is a great option. You will learn how to conduct auctions and operate an auction company. Additionally, you'll focus on initiating dealer contact, marketing, set-up, settling, contracting, collecting sales tax, management skills development, and more. Practical skills like developing your own auction chant, learning the history of the profession and how to breathe correctly when chanting, and even how to overcome stage fright, are just a handful of knowledge you'll gain from this course.
From livestock to bankruptcy, America's Auction Academy will set you up for a career in all types of auctions. For eight days, you’ll be in class from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the exception of Fridays where you'll be dismissed early at 6 p.m. If you’re not a Dallas native you can lodge right near the academy. For those worrying about the intensive nature of the courses, you do get an hour-long lunch break and a 10-minute break each hour. The course costs $1,695.
Best Pricing Options: Western College of Auctioneering’s Entry Level Course
Based out of Bozeman, Montana, the Western College of Auctioneering provides 92 hours of instruction over nine days. You’ll spend 22 hours learning the ins and outs of bid calling—everything from vocal clarity and pronunciation to muscle strengthening drills—plus you’ll learn about 14 different kinds of auctions, like Charity and Fundraising and Heavy Equipment. The rest of the course will be spent on the nuts and bolts of auctioneering, ranging from laws and licensing to advertising.
An advantage of this course is its tiered pricing. If you’re already a seasoned pro, you can take their refresher course for $250. If you’re interested in opening an auction business, you can purchase the program's start-up package for $250. And there’s a $250 package that just covers online-only auctions. The Western College of Auctioneering's basic course is $1,895, and you can add on live public auction experiences, where a professional auctioneer guides you through the process for an additional $800. For $3,195 you'll get access to small group settings and additional instruction hours. The classes take place at a Holiday Inn, where you’re expected to stay. But you’ll receive a discount on your lodging for taking the class.
Most Accessible: North Georgia School of Auctioneering
Taught in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, this 80-hour course is widely accessible to regions in the Midwest and Southeast. If you're based in Georgia, the North Georgia School of Auctioneering works as a pre-licensing course. The class is Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and is limited to 18 students for maximum personalized attention.
From Georgia-specific laws to the gamut of auctions that exist, learn about all aspects of the industry. The pre-licensing course costs $1295, which includes textbooks and all other required materials. The school also offers $100 courses that count as continuing education, but do not count as pre-licensing. There is also a 30-hour pre-licensing course for the state of Tennessee that costs $400. Overall, the North Georgia School of Auctioneering offers an abundance of courses, so you can figure out what fits your needs and location.
Best Support Post-Attendance: Continental Auctioneers School
For $1,095, you’ll receive a week of instruction at the Iowa-based Continental Auctioneers School that offers similar coursework to the aforementioned ones, in less time and for less money. Learn step-by-step how to set up and conduct any auction, from legality to bid calling. You can add on a one-day course to become a Certified Personal Property Appraiser to enhance your auctioneering business.
But what’s best about the program is that the instructors will check-in post-graduation to see how your business is doing. And once you attend the week-long course, you can come back and take any of their other courses, like their auctioneer license prep program, or their auctioneer auxiliary program for free. You’re not required to lodge at Continental, but they’re just a short commute from the airport.
Best Option For Bilingual Auctioneers: World Wide College of Auctioneering
In addition to their full slate of auctioneering classes, The World Wide College of Auctioneering has an optional bilingual course. For an extra $295, you’ll learn how to auctioneer in Spanish and acquire auctions in Spanish-speaking communities.
With its weeklong Bid Calling and Business Auctioneer training courses, Worldwide College of Auctioneering provides over 80 hours of instruction and teaches the ins and outs of auctioneering, from booking an auction to working with a sound system. That course is $1,795, and you can purchase additional materials via a CD for $55 to study before your class, or to refresh your memory after the course ends. Classes take place in Denver and Clear Lake, Iowa. Lodging is not provided.
Best Hands-On Course: Reading Area Community College’s Auctioneering Certification Program
Learn from licensed Pennsylvania auctioneers and practicing Pennsylvania attorneys at Reading Area Community College’s Auctioneering Certification Program and become qualified for the PA State Auctioneer Licensing Exam. For $3800, you will learn how to procure merchandise for an auction, develop a chant, keep records and formulate contracts, organize an auction company, advertise an auction, and much more.
But the standout benefit of this course is that you will receive a minimum of 60 hours of hands-on practicum training in the auction business, under the supervision of the college and a licensed Pennsylvania auctioneer. That is more hours than we’ve seen for hands-on training in other courses, and it’s included in your tuition. The class runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., over the course of 10 weeks. To take this course, it’s best if you’re a resident of Pennsylvania, since unlike the other ones that only last a week, this class lasts over two-and-a-half months.