GPPA (Graduate Personal Property Appraiser)

WHAT is GPPA? GPPA is very different from NAA’s other designations in two ways: It’s longer (five days), and it’s not about auctions.

GPPA is designed to give auctioneers both more skill and acumen in appraising personal property and also another potential revenue stream as a professional appraiser.

Attendees learn to appraise all types of personal property, from art to antiques, heavy equipment to general household goods, vehicles to collectibles. The class focuses on process rather than asset class: attendees complete a minimum of three appraisals in class.

GPPA teaches attendees to appraise according to USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice), which is a two-day class also offered by NAA.

HOW can you get the Designation?

– Register for the GPPA class.
– Before the class starts, you’ll receive a link to the prerequisite course and exam. Before you come to class, you must pass the exam. (unless you hold another NAA designation)
– Attend all five days of the designation class.Become USPAP compliant by taking the two day (15 hour) USPAP class and passing the exam. NAA offers USPAP in conjunction with GPPA, and most attendees take the two classes in succession, resulting in seven days of class.
– After the class, to obtain the designation, submit USPAP compliant appraisal.
– All requirements must be completed within 90 days of taking the GPPA course.


Earning any designation demonstrates your commitment to continuing education both to the public and members of the industry. It also enables members to network with like-minded individuals in the classroom and through additional networking events, but here are some specific benefits of an GPPA designation.

Auction professionals that hold the GPPA designation prove to be qualified property appraisers and adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice. These standards reassure potential clients that you, as an auction professional, are the best possible option for their personal property appraisal.

WHO teaches GPPA?


 Tim Luke, CAI, BAS, MPPA has 28 years of experience in the auction and appraisal industry, beginning his career at Christie’s in New York where he became a Director and Auctioneer.  After leaving Christie’s, Tim established and is president of his own auction/appraisal/events business, TreasureQuestGroup, Inc., for twenty years located in South Florida providing appraisals for divorce, insurance, donations, and estates, along with providing auction and brokerage services of Fine & Decorative arts.  Tim works with non-profits and serves as benefit auctioneer for many high profile charities across the United States.  He has appeared as a participating appraiser on the first nine seasons of Antiques Roadshow, on HGTV’s Cash its the Attic and Strange Inheritance. 

 Megan Mahn Miller, MPPA is the Owner and President of Mahn Miller Collective, Inc., an appraisal and consulting firm specializing in Rock and Roll and Hollywood memorabilia.  She is also a Senior Property Specialist with Julien’s Auctions,based in Los Angeles.  Mahn Miller holds a Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) designation from the National Auctioneer’s Association and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Minnesota.

 Darron Meares, CAI, BAS, MPPA





 Rich Schur, CAI, BAS, MPPA