Girard completes auctioneer continuing education certification

Girard completes auctioneer continuing education certification Ken Girard of Girard Auction Services, Inc. Wakonda, has successfully completed two of the three courses necessary to earn the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) designation, the highest designation awarded in the auction industry.

The program is a three-week, one-week-a-year executive education program designed for decision makers in auction firms and is offered by the Auction Marketing Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Auctioneers must qualify through experience and education to be admitted to the CAI program. In order to earn the designation, auctioneers must complete the three courses, pass examinations for each course, and prepare an acceptable auction summary report. Maintaining the designation requires that one be a member in good standing of the Auction Marketing Institute, the National Auctioneers Association and complete at least 24 hours of continuing education every three years.

Designed to educate and train practicing auctioneers in ways to improve their auction business, the curriculum includes courses in finance, legal aspects of auctioneering, personal property, appraisal, real estate, personal business development, communications and advertising.

Faculty for the program are selected from Indiana University College of Business, professionals who serve the auction industry and nationally recognized auctioneers.

Girard is one of 115 auctioneers throughout the United States and Canada who are candidates for the CAI designation. A total of 918 auctioneers are CAI designates.

Girard was also one of 80 auctioneers throughout North America who attended AuctionTECH, sponsored by the Auction Marketing Institute. The seminar, focusing on the tools auctioneers can use to enhance services to clients and customers, was held at Indiana University's main campus in Bloomington.

Use of technology in the auction industry, on-line auctions, web site design, contact management, technological tools, and broadcast e-mail were topics of the summit

AuctionTECH featured auctioneers who are on the cutting edge of technological changes.

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