The National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) are to launch a new introductory one-day course for auctioneers and valuers as part of a strategy to establish a new industry standard.
That standard is "a uniformity of
approach to the valuing and auctioning of personal property" and
NAVA are the only professional body offering practical training in
chattels, say the association.
Nicholas Somers, a former chairman of
the Arts and Antiques Faculty of the RICS, who now specialises in
forensic appraisals for the courts in civil proceedings as an
independent expert witness, will take the course, which will be
held at Leamington Spa on April 17.
He is responsible for putting together
the valuation half of the programme for NAVA's first ever training
course for practitioners involved in chattels, which is designed to
appeal to both new entrants and experienced auctioneers.
"Until now, no formal training has
been available for those dealing in chattels. Now, NAVA has stepped
in to remedy the situation," said the association.
"Since this is the very first training
course of its kind, and the ultimate aim is to extend it to cover
all disciplines within NAVA (other than property, which is already
well-served with training), the association is keen to encourage
feedback from the membership."
The new course will be delivered in
two halves. The morning will focus on the auctioneering side,
covering object identification in the saleroom, obtaining correct
instructions, cataloguing techniques and research, condition
reports, and saleroom marketing delivered by independent valuer
Clive Welsh, Philip Allwood of Moore, Allen & Innocent in
Cirencester, and Simon Berti, Sales Director of ATG.
The afternoon session starts with a
presentation by Dr Robin Thornes on Object ID for valuers - the
international standard for describing art, antiques and
antiquities, originally devised by the J. Paul Getty
The bulk of the session will be
delivered by Simon Green, a chartered surveyor and senior valuer
with Christie's, South Kensington. It will deal with undertaking
valuations - the importance of research, how you construct a
valuation, how you go round a house, and how you present the
valuation to the client - as well as specific issues such as the
importance of PI Insurance. The day will conclude with an overview
and Q&A session.
"The course is open to anyone
undertaking valuation work - both new entrants and current
practitioners," says Mr Somers.
"It's never too late to learn
something new. After all, the profession has changed. Valuers used
to detail everything down to the last toothbrush, but now insurance
companies are only interested in the higher value items. Everything
else is simply aggregated."
This practice delivers valuations at a
lower cost, he adds, but it doesn't alter the fact that valuers are
in a very privileged position.
If there is sufficient demand, Mr
Somers also intends to develop a programme of "master class days"
on specific subjects such as ceramics, silver and so
The cost of the full day course is
£120 + VAT for members of NAVA/ARLA/ICBA/NAEA and a special
non-member price of £150 + VAT if you quote ATG on your booking
Further details and booking forms can be
found on the NAVA website www.nava.org.uk/training-courses/ or by calling
the courses team on 01926 417787.