The National Auctioneers Association plans to launch a new online educational course, “Fundamentals of the Auction Business: How to Market It, Brand It & Do It,” this fall.
The NAA Education Institute Trustees decided to create the new class following a comprehensive review of the association’s educational designations — Certified Auctioneers Institute, Accredited Auctioneer Real Estate, Auction Technology Specialist, Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, Certified Estate Specialist and Graduate Personal Property Appraiser.
The group determined these programs offered redundant content that would more appropriately belong in a separate online learning platform. For the past several months, the NAA’s Director of Education, Michael Avery, and the Trustees have been pulling this content out of the designation courses for the new fundamentals class.
Trustees Chairman Marc Geyer, CAI, AARE, BAS, CES, says the change allows the NAA to add new content to all of its designation courses.
“The new fundamentals course will serve as a prerequisite for all the designation courses going forward,” he says.
“Fundamentals of the Auction Business” is completely online. It includes an assessment that participants must pass in order to take any of the designation courses.
An online assessment follows each module. Students must take and pass each of the seven modules to complete the fundamentals class and become eligible for designation courses. Should a student fail a particular module, they will be allowed to re-take that assessment.
Designation courses are now new or improved. The Education Institute has added fresh content to keep each class packed with relevant and up-to-date business practices.
The Certified Estate Specialist designation, for example, now provides more training on senior transition planning from larger estates to smaller homes or assisted living, as well as the legal aspects of managing estates.
In Graduate Personal Property Appraiser, students immediately get “into personal property appraising, having students appraise something on day one,” says GPPA co-presenter and member of the designation’s rewrite team, Rich Schur, CAI, BAS, MPPA.
“Every time we run the class, we constantly tweak the content to keep it current and to meet the changing needs of our students,” he says.
NAA designation holders can now audit any of the newly updated designation classes for $50 each at the Las Vegas Designation Academy on Dec. 9-15. Visit www.auctioneers.org/education-calendar to sign up for the event.
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