What they do

Before an auction, auctioneers may be required to inspect a property or goods for sale and arrange any necessary advertising to promote the auction. They also discuss with vendors the lowest price for goods that the vendor will be willing to accept. During the auction they may have to explain the terms of the sale, answer any questions, describe the goods for sale including any special features, ask for bids and adjust the amount between bids as the auction progresses. After the auction they may assist in finalising the sale.

Working conditions

An auctioneer may have to work outside if auctioning livestock or real estate, otherwise inside. They may have to work evenings and weekends, visiting properties or merchandise and conducting auctions. During auctions they need to be confident as they must stand before often large groups of people.

Tools and technologies

An auctioneer’s voice is his/her main tool in this line of work. They should be familiar with the goods up for auction. A gavel and stand are used in this occupation – the gavel to inform bidders that the highest bid has been reached, and a good ‘sold’.

How do I become one?

Education and training

It is possible to work as an auctioneer without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in real estate or a related area.

The Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia (AVAA) offers short courses in auctioneering and valuation practice. Entry requirements to these courses may vary. Contact the AVAA for more information.

The Certificates III and IV in Real Estate Practice and Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.

Required registration and licensing

Auctioneers must be at least 18 years old and hold a licence granted by a magistrate and issued by a local clerk of court. If an auctioneer needs to deal with dangerous and/or sensitive goods, such as liquor, firearms, motor vehicles or live animals, they may require extra licences.