A new course aims to help encourage aspiring livestock auctioneers into the profession.


The Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS) has announced the start of the new programme in livestock market operations and management for 2011 and beyond.

Designed to nurture talent within the livestock industry and offering an excellent professional development opportunity, the course and its modules are specifically designed for aspiring auctioneers.

Run in conjunction with the LAA (Livestock Auctioneers Association) and in collaboration with Harper Adams University College, the course also offers a new route to membership of the IAAS.

The courses available are:

• The University College Foundation Certificate in Professional Studies: Livestock Market Operations and Management – leading to Associate Status

• The Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Studies: Livestock Market Operations and Management – leading to Fellowship Status

Modules include market operation, valuation, animal health and welfare, health and safety, law and tax for the auctioneer, supply chain relationships, agricultural policy, financial analysis, marketing and human resourcing – together ensuring broad learning and development.

This new course marks a very positive step for the livestock auction industry, ensuring we nurture talent for the future, said John Gregor, president of the IAAS.

“Harper Adams is committed to ensuring the uniqueness of the Scottish auction sector is recognised during teaching, which I believe will be a real benefit to students.

“I am delighted that 17 of the 30 students who have enrolled for this year’s course in its inaugural year are young Scottish IAAS members. I see such training as a key element in the professional development for members of the Institute and look forward to many more students, as well as our sector, benefiting from this development over the years to come.”


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