Sunday, March 22, 2009

What’s a CAI?

March 22, 2009

What's a CAI? Simply put, it's the most advanced industry certification an auctioneer can earn. Like most professions, those who seek to advance their learning and ability attend continuing education. In our industry, it's the pinnacle of training. Less than 10% of NAA (National Auctioneer Association) members have earned this title, and less than 1% of all auctioneers have earned the coveted CAI.

CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute), is a three-year program hosted by the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute that requires auctioneers to attend intensive training, for one full week a year, over a three year period. The training includes finance, technology, legal, marketing, sales, and a host of other topics that address the business side of the auction industry. Until an auctioneer completes all the requirements of the course, they are considered "candidates". Candidates must complete an intensive project each year to qualify for certification, and must pass daily exams. Once a candidate earns the designation, they need to complete continuing education each year.

So what? So, it means a CAI graduate has dedicated themselves to staying abreast of industry changes. It means that a CAI graduate is doing everything possible to provide their clients the best service in the industry. It means that as a buyer or a seller, you're working with a true professional that is dedicated to doing the best job possible to make your auction experience a positive one.

Why do we discuss this? Because Rich is a candidate in his second year toward his certification, and Shannon earned hers in 2004. This means that Schur Success Auction Services is an industry leader and works hard to do right by you, our buyers and sellers.

Questions? Ask us, we'd love to tell you more.