National Auctioneers Association members who have completed their three years of training in the Certified Auctioneers Institute and earned their CAI designations now have more to learn.
This March, CAI Auctioneers have the opportunity to take the next step in their professional educations in the form of CAI Next: Return to Bloomington, a new course from the NAA. Nearing its 35th year, the CAI program takes place every year for one week on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
Lately, CAI graduates who have completed their three years of training (CAI I, CAI II and CAI III) and earned their designations have been asking “What’s next,” says Michael Avery, the NAA’s Director of Education.
The NAA has answered that question with CAI Next, which is planned for March 20-22, kicking off the week of CAI courses that the NAA plans for March 20-24.
“This year, the NAA will offer an advanced training program for CAI graduates during that same week in March,” Avery says. “CAI Next is a three-day intensive program exclusively for graduates of CAI. This program promises to be the most advanced training ever provided by the NAA to its CAI members.”
Chairman of the NAA’s CAI Committee Marc Geyer, CAI, AARE, BAS, CES, Phoenix, says the program will provide advanced continuing education. It offers an opportunity for CAI designees to continue their CAI journey, he says, and connect again with former classmates.
“The industry has changed dramatically over the years,” Geyer says.
“Especially now, with the current economic situation, there are a lot of opportunities, a lot of things that we need to do different as an industry to continue to provide the services that are needed in today’s marketplace.”
NAA Auctioneer Michael Hoffman, CAI, AARE, BAS, CES, of Pickerington, Ohio, says he expects many CAI graduates will take part in CAI Next. He says it should attract many professionals at varying points in their careers.
“I’ve always looked at CAI as being the highest designation awarded within the auction industry,” he says.
“I want to be able to tell attorneys, bankers and so forth that I am up to date with the things going on within our profession and have the highest education I can get related to that. I hope that continues.”
CAI Next is scheduled to start the morning of March 20, with the first class set to begin at 1 p.m.