Benefit Auction Specialist

This designation is one of NAA’s fastest-growing. The designation covers not just selling items at a benefit auction, but how to maximize fundraising through non-bidcalling methods, such as games to play with an audience, silent auctions, direct appeals and more. Some of the major topics covered are working with nonprofits and volunteers, networking and marketing your services, and actually convincing people to pay for a benefit auctioneer (often nonprofits are used to using a volunteer auctioneer). Attendees are generally benefit auctioneers with some experience who are looking to expand or auctioneers looking to add something to their portfolio of services.

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Requirements for BAS

  • Be a member of the NAA
  • Register and attend all 24 hours of the BAS designation class
  • Complete and submit a Designation Application
  • Within three* years of completing the class, submit proof of involvement in six benefit auctions (due to COVID-19, up to three of the six required may be virtual benefit auctions and up to six may have taken place as far back as 2018 and prior to your completion of the BAS class) and a written auction summary report for one auction as described in the BAS Auction Summary Rubric
    • *The two-year period for completing the designation requirements has been extended due to the impact of the COVID-19 on the benefit auction industry

What BAS can do for you

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 a BAS designation.

“Earning the BAS designation allows benefit auctioneers a chance to jump start their benefit auction business. Whether you are a new auctioneer or an auctioneer with several years’ experience, the program will provide you with many techniques and proven methods to increase your charities profits” Says Lance Walker, BAS, CAI, CES.

Trisha Brauer, CAI, BAS describes this class as helping you learn how to strategically grow your business, learn strategies to best service your clients, and understand how charity auctions are different from traditional auctions.

BAS will help increase your skills significantly because you will learn the most recent trends that successful benefit auctioneers are implementing with their clients. By the end of this class you will be able to conduct a benefit auction seminar for potential clients, help them develop an event timeline, suggest proven items and incorporate additional fundraising activities to produce fun filled profitable events.


The BAS renewal fee is $50 per year or $25 if you also have CAI.

BAS Instructors

Trisha Brauer CAI, BAS
Trisha holds a Bachelors degree and also an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing and Sales. She is a graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering. Currently, Trisha is on the Board of Directors for the NAA, has served on committees and has published material in the industry magazine. She also presented at numerous Benefit Auction Summits, and was a part of the BAS rewrite in 2017.

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS
Scott works as a full time-fundraising auctioneer/consultant at Scott Robertson Auctioneers (SRA). An auctioneer since 1994, he has assisted thousands of not for profit organizations raise the funds needed to continue their good work. He serves as a trustee on the NAA Foundation and has presented numerous times at Conference and Show as well as the Benefit Auction Summit. Scott has Bachelor and Master’s degrees in education.

Lance Walker, CAI, BAS, CES
Lance co-wrote the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist curriculum and has taught the course to several hundred aspiring benefit auctioneers. Walker has served on the NAA Board of Directors, is presently a NAA Foundation Trustee, and a Hall of Fame member of Tennessee and Missouri Auctioneer Associations. Walker has M.A. and B.S. degrees in Education.