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 you 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 $35 by October 31
  • Complete 24 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years

GPPA Instructors

David R. Bell, CAI, AARE, ATS, CES, GPPA | Dave Bell Auctions, LLC
Karin A. Costa, AMM, CES, MPPA | Karin A Costa
David G. Helmer, CAI, CES, GPPA | Braun & Helmer Auction Service, Inc.
Tim Luke, CAI, BAS, MPPA | TreasureQuest Group, Inc.
Megan R. Mahn Miller, MPPA | Mahn Miller Collective, Inc.
Larry "Chip" Pearce, Jr., AARE, ATS, CES, GPPA | Pearce & Associates
Richard D. Schur, CAI, AMM, BAS, MPPA | Schur Success Group

Register for Virtual

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

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

After Dec. 11, 2023

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

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Designation Academy December 2024


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Cancellations must be made at least 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. No refunds less than two week prior. Substitutions are encouraged.