Graduate Personal Property Appraiser

GPPA is 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.

Upon completing this class, you will be able to:

  1. Define ‘appraisal’ and describe what appraisers do (and do not do)
  2. Identify who uses appraisals and for what purpose
  3. List what needs to be present in an appraisal
  4. Identify and define the required elements of an appraisal report
  5. Describe appraisal scope of work, markets, and approaches to value
  6. Develop an opinion of value and appraiser checklists and tool kits
  7. Develop a competent appraisal report structure
  8. Describe what is required in an IRS assignment and what needs to be in a work file
  9. Strategize how to build your appraisal business

Requirements for GPPA

What GPPA 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 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.

To maintain your designation

  • Be a member of the NAA
  • Stay USPAP compliant by taking the one day (7 hour) USPAP Update class every two years 
  • Pay the annual designation dues of $50 ($25 if also hold CAI) by October 31
  • Complete 24 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years

Register for In-Person

GPPA will be held at Designation Academy at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas December 4-8, 2023
Click here for Hotel & Travel Information.

By Nov. 6, 2023:
$960 M / $1285 NM

After Nov. 6, 2023
$1060 M / $1385 NM

Tim Luke, CAI, BAS, MPPA
Richard D. Schur, CAI, AMM, BAS, MPPA

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Register for Virtual

GPPA will be held Virtually on January 8-12, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, CT

By Dec. 11, 2023:
$960 M / $1285 NM

After Dec. 11, 2023
$1060 M / $1385 NM

Tim Luke, CAI, BAS, MPPA
Megan R. Mahn Miller, MPPA

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Cancellations must be made at lest 30 days prior to the course to receive a refund, minus a $50 cancellation fee.
Cancellations made less than 30 days prior will be entitled to a 50% refund of registration fees.

GPPA Instructors

Tim Luke, CAI, BAS, MPPA 
Tim Luke has an extensive background in auctioning and appraising antiques, decorative arts and collectibles.  He was the featured auctioneer/appraiser on HGTV's show "Cash in the Attic" and has participated on public televisions "Antiques Roadshow."  He is the former Director of Collectibles, Christie's auction house in New York City, NY.  He is the senior personal property appraiser for TreasureQuest Apprasials,  benefit auctioneer for TreasureQuest Events and senior auctioneer for TreasureQuest Auctions.  Tim is an active member of the National Auctioneers Association and Instructor for the Graduate Personal Property Apprasier (GPPA) course, An AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, developed the Expert Witness for Auction Professionals course and the Interpersonal Communications for Auction Professionals course.

He has appeared on numerous television shows including; Strange Inheritance, The Today Show, The View, CNN, Oprah, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning.  Mr. Luke is the author of two books and featured writer for several publications including: Antiques Roadshow Insider, AntiqueWeek, Antique Toy World, Flea Market Style and Country Almanac.

More recently, his auctioneering talents keep him busy selling artifacts around the world.  Highlights include; Michael Jackson memorabilia in China, Hollywood Memorabilia in Beverly Hills, CA and antique toys in Vineland, NJ.
Megan Mahn Miller, MPPA 
Megan is the Owner and President of Mahn Miller Collective, Inc., an appraisal and consulting firm specializing in celebrity, Rock & Roll, and Hollywood memorabilia. Mahn Miller holds a Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) designation from the National Auctioneers Association, is an AQB certified USPAP instructor, and has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Minnesota. She teaches the NAA’s Graduate Personal Property Appraisal designation course, is a contributor to WorthPoint, and a former Senior Property Specialist with Julien’s Auctions.

Darron Meares, CAI, BAS, MPPA

Darron Meares is a licensed auctioneer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Indiana and Florida. He also holds a South Carolina Real Estate Broker’s License. Darron manages and conducts real estate auctions as well as business and bankruptcy liquidations. He currently serves as a member of the Education Institute of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) and previously served a three-year term on the NAA Board of Directors. In addition, he is a past president of the South Carolina Auctioneers Association and is the 2013-14 South Carolina Bid Calling Grand Champion.  He was inducted into the South Carolina Auctioneer Association Hall of Fame in 2018.

Meares is a sought-after public speaker and a professional member of the National Speakers Association. In addition, he is an instructor at the Southeastern School of Auctioneering and the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Rich Schur, CAI, BAS, MPPA
Rich is an auctioneer and appraiser with Schur Success Auction and Appraisal, Inc. and works with his wife, Shannon Schur, CAI, BAS, GPPA. He graduated Worldwide College of Auctioneering in 2005 and was named the Rookie Champion for Colorado in 2006 and Colorado State Champion in 2010. As well as holding CAI, BAS and GPPA, Rich is a Certified Equipment and Machinery Appraiser from the NEBB Institute. He has served as President of the Colorado Auctioneers Association and is currently serving his last year on a term for the NAA Board of Directors.