How long does it take to be an auctioneer?
Twenty-seven states require auctioneers to be licensed. In half of those states, you need to accrue approximately 80 hours of training; otherwise you can complete an apprenticeship or, in some states, just sit for the exam. Only a few states make you stand up and auction an item as part of the test.
What training does an auctioneer need?
An auctioneer will need at least a high school diploma; however, some in the field pursue postsecondary training. According to the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), 35% of people in the field have a college degree, and 36% have some college experience.
How hard is it to become an auctioneer?
Even though about one-half of the United States requires licensure and related pre-licensure schooling (usually 10 days) and testing, quite frankly it is easy to become an auctioneer in the United States, no matter where you live.
Are auctioneers actually saying anything?
Auction chant (also known as “bid calling”, “the auction cry”, “the cattle rattle”, or simply “auctioneering”) is a rhythmic repetition of numbers and “filler words” spoken by auctioneers when taking bids at an auction. Outside of auctions, the chant has been the subject of music and used in commercials and film.
Do auctioneers actually say anything?
The auction chant is a repetition of two numbers at a time which indicate the monetary amount involved with the sale of an item. Often prior to “closing the bidding” & selling an item, auctioneers will announce: “Going once, going twice, sold!” or “Going, going, gone!”, followed by announcing the winning bid.
What filler words do auctioneers use?
Filler words can serve to make a statement, ask questions, or can simply serve as a means of adding rhythm to the chant. Some typical filler words taught at auction schools, are “dollar bid”, “now”, and “will ya give me?”.
Who pays the commission at an auction?
The answer is that they charge fees – commission – to the seller and to the buyer. All you as the buyer need to do is know what those auction fees are and then take those charges into account when you decide how much to bid. The auction fees to buyers are typically added on to the hammer price.
Is an auctioneer a good career?
Auctioneering is a fast-paced, unpredictable career that can bring financial rewards to those who show ability in all these areas. Auctions can take place in large convention centers, barns, yards, and parking lots. Travel is often required.
Why do auctioneers talk so weird?
Auctioneers don’t just talk fast—they chant in a rhythmic monotone so as to lull onlookers into a conditioned pattern of call and response, as if they were playing a game of ‘Simon Says. Auctioneers typically take home from 10 to 20 percent of the sale price. Selling more items in less time means they make more money.”