Certified Estate Specialist

Being successful in estate services is more than knowing how to sell; it is providing a service to families and estate stakeholders. Understanding the emotional and legal challenges of estates and transitions is key to identifying and solving problems for your client. In this course you will learn to recognize the various needs of your client, the comprehensive and complex process of estate liquidation, how to market and sell the assets, and how you can best profit from providing exemplary estate and transitional services. You’ll walk away able to communicate the value of your full-service offerings and increase your recurring clientele.

Upon completing this online course, you will be able to:

  1. Create and maintain a business of estate services
  2. Discover ways to prospect, attain and grow your estate business
  3. Identify opportunities in estate and transitional situations
  4. Identify what the family and stakeholders may be going through regarding the estate process
  5. Describe the probate processes and how to communicate with attorneys and paralegals
  6. Identify how transitional services can be more profitable as additional revenue streams
  7. Determine the full value of your service and structure a proposal to meet client needs
  8. Book and conduct estate and downsizing liquidations
  9. Describe the value of networking and utilizing available resources and partnerships


The next Certified Estate Specialist class will be held at Virtual Designation Academy, December 6-11, 2020

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Pricing: $570 Member / 
$895 Nonmember
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Requirements for CES
  • Be a member of the NAA
  • Register and attend all 24 hours of the CES designation class.
  • Complete and submit a Designation Application
  • Within two years of completing the class, submit an auction summary report with the elements discussed in class and included in the auction summary rubric
What CES 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 an a CES designation.

CES is designed to help professional auctioneers understand how to properly conduct and deal with the settling of estates. The course also educates professional auctioneers on working with family members and dealing with lawyers and accountants. Knowing you have spent the time and effort to earn this designation will comfort families and prove that you have their best interests in mind.
CES Instructors

Joe Gribbins, BAS, CES, SRES
Joe is a third generation auctioneer and principal broker with Wardlow Auctions, Inc. in Louisville, KY. He has been an auction instructor for 30+ years. Past President of the Kentucky Auctioneers Association, currently Chairman of the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers.

David P. Whitley, CAI, CES
David lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and conducts auctions throughout the Rocky Mountain region. In the summer of 1986, he attended auction school at Western College of Auctioneering. He also attended the University of Wyoming, eventually earning a BS in Agriculture Economics and a Juris Doctor from the University Of Wyoming College Of Law. Whitley Auction currently conducts around 60 auctions a year in real estate, commercial and industrial liquidations, government surplus, business liquidations, estates and other specialties. Whitley is a graduate of the Certified Auctioneer Institute and is a Certified Estate Specialist. Whitley is a member of the Colorado and Wyoming Auctioneers Associations. He is an active member and past director of the National Auctioneers Association. He was previously the Chairman of the NAA’s Education Institute.
 

Justin Vondenhuevel, CAI, AARE, CES
Justin is the principal owner and Co-Founder of Vondenhuevel Auctioneers LLC in Mid Western Ohio where he and his wife Abby along with a full time staff specialize in Probate, Transitional Services, and Real Estate Auctions. Justin presently serves as a class advisor for the Certified Auctioneers Institute and as an instructor for the Certified Estate Specialist course, both for the National Auctioneers Association and is also an Instructor at Reppert Auction School.

Mike Fisher, CAI, AARE, ATS, BAS, CES, GPPA
21 years experience in the auction industry 
CAI, GPPA, ATS, AARE, BAS, CES 

Conducted auctions in over 40 states and International Auction Specialist with many sales in Mexico
Featured speaker at many national/state conferences and seminars.
Vice Chair - Education Institute Trustee -National Auctioneers Association
Past President of the Alabama Auctioneers Association 
Governor Appointed to Alabama State Board of Auctioneers -Vice Chairman 
Vice Chair - Certified Auctioneers Institute -Indiana University 
Certified Estate Specialist Instructor - National Auctioneers Association