Becoming an auctioneer takes more than just a great bid call. Depending on which state you plan to start your auction career in, you may need a permit or license, insurance, or ongoing education. Regardless of state requirements, attending a licensed auction school will ensure you start out on the right foot.

How Long is Auctioneer School?

The auction industry is regulated on a state-by-state (and province-by-province) basis. Therefore, auction schools seek approval in a particular state or province by working in coordination with the licensing board in that state or province to assure that their training program meets all educational requirements.

The required length of time for auctioneers to train at an approved school varies due to differing regulations in each state and province. Auction schools that are approved by a majority of states and provinces are between 80 and 85 credit hours.

What Will You Learn in Auction School?

Auctioneer school will cover all aspects of the auction business. You will learn to develop your chant, but you will also learn many other valuable skills that will set you up for success as an auctioneer.

Our pre-licensing auction course covers a wide range of skills including:

  • Specific auction types: Our instructors will teach you the laws and terminology for many common auction types – from fine art auctions to livestock auctions and everything in-between.
  • Legal information: The course will help you become familiar with auction contracts, auctioneer licensing, and relevant laws.
  • Technology: You will learn common software used for online auctions, clerking and more. We will also cover basic sound management for auction events.
  • Real-world experience: You will get the opportunity to practice your bid calling in front of a live audience.
  • Business coaching: Our entry level course includes classes on marketing and business ethics, and our business start up package includes head-shot photos and a logo.