PRESTONSBURG – The Kentucky Auctioneers Association held a mandatory continuing education class at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center. The class was attended by more than forty auctioneers, with some traveling from as far away as Cartersville, Georgia to attend. As an agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the primary purpose of the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers is to protect the public. This is accomplished through examinations, licensure, and regulations of auctioneers, apprentice auctioneers, limited livestock auctioneers and auction house operators. Once an individual obtains an auctioneer license, they must take continuing education classes to stay current and knowledgeable of auction rules and regulations.
In order to become an auctioneer, individuals must go to an auctioneers schools to receive training, or work under a licensed auctioneer. Individuals hoping to become an auctioneer can get hands on practical experience by doing various jobs around the auction house such as ring-side helper that hands items to the auctioneer and aid, work as a bid watcher, set up auctions prior to bidding or anything that needs to be done to hold a successful auction.
“I grew up around auctions. I enjoy calling the junk auctions. Some people call them junk, but they are just auctions selling various things such as household items, tools, furniture or basically anything. I enjoy the atmosphere and the conversations that go on around auctions,” said Mike VanHoose, of Johnson County.
If you are determined to become an auctioneer, research state and local laws regarding licensing requirements. Currently, 37 states in the U. S. require licensure. Kentucky is one of the states that does require a license. Auctioneer programs are offered onsite and virtual. Students will take classes in bid calling, marketing and basic business management. All auctioneers must also pass a licensing exam that possibly cost a couple hundred dollars.
“I am a real estate agent and my husband got me into calling auctions. I love it. I went to a school in Missouri and I can’t imagine calling an auction without some kind of formal training. The school helped my business tremendously,” said Maxine Turner of Turner Real Estate of Booneville.
Auctioneering is one of the oldest professions in history. The state of Kentucky has over 2000 license auctioneers and in recognition of that, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin proclaimed April 16 as Auctioneers Days.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.