Reppert School of Auctioneering
The Reppert School of Auctioneering is an auctioneer education provider, since 1921.
The Repperts School of Auctioneering was founded in 1921 by Col. Fred Reppert of Decatur, Indiana. Fred Reppert started in the auction business as a young boy and quickly rose to the top of his profession, selling auctions in every state of America, and in every province of Canada and Mexico.
The school’s tradition as an institution for auction education was carried on by Fred Reppert’s daughter Eleanor and later by his son Rolland Reppert, M.D., who both owned and operated the school, with the assistance of Quentin R. Chaffee, who served as the school's dean of instruction. Phil Neuenschwander and Ron Chaffee then operated the school from 1980 until 1996, when it was purchased by Dennis Kruse of Auburn, Indiana. Dennis Kruse, a 1964 graduate of Repperts, a past president of the National Auctioneers Association, Indiana State Senator, and Trine University Board of Trustees member, now serves as president emeritus of the auction school. In May 2011, Reppert Auction School was purchased by Jack Christy and his daughter Melissa Davis of Christy's of Indiana. John Kruse, Dennis's son, purchased the school in September of 2017. He is now president of the school, and his brother Matthew Kruse is the Dean of Instruction. Ron Chaffee serves as the dean emeritus.
The school held three-week classes twice a year from 1921 to 1985, with all the classes being held in Decatur, Indiana, with the exception of one class given in Colorado. In 1985, the school format was changed to two weeks, and was offered three times a year. After the purchase by Dennis Kruse, the number of class terms was expanded to four a year, with additional classes being given for a short time in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Indianapolis, Indiana. The auction school currently offers a ten-day auction training class three times a year in their Indianapolis location.
The Reppert School of Auctioneering has had graduates from every state in the United States, as well as multiple foreign countries, and is the nation's longest continually operated auction school.
The auction school was originally located in Decatur, Indiana. The school was located on the Reppert Farm, which was also the location of the Bellmont Track and is the current location of Bellmont High School. Reppert was moved to Auburn, Indiana, from 1996 to 2011. Reppert then moved to Indianapolis. The auction school moved back to Auburn in 2017.
Repperts School of Auctioneering has an 80-hour, ten-day course that focuses on the business aspects of the auction profession. The curriculum is divided into seven sections, which include:
- Instruction on how to set up and manage an auction business
- The legal aspects of auctions
- Advertising and marketing
- The auction chant, bid calling, voice and ringwork
- Auction preparation, conduction and settlement
- Appraising and real estate
- Specialty Auction types
Repperts is approved to offer pre-licensing education in almost every state that requires attendance at an auction school. Repperts provides the required hours of auction instruction for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The Reppert School of Auctioneering is also a provider of continuing education for auctioneers. Repperts is approved to offer continuing education in multiple states and has provided seminars for multiple state auctioneer associations.
- Alabama State Board of Auctioneers. "Accredited Auctioneer Schools".
- Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. "Recognized Auction Schools" (PDF).
- Georgia Auctioneers Commission. "Approved Auctioneer Schools" (PDF).
- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. "Pre-Licensing Course Providers".
- Louisiana Auctioneers Licensing Board. "Approved Auctioneer Schools".
- State of Michigan. "Auction Schools" (PDF).
- North Carolina Auctioneer Licensing Board. "Accredited Schools of Auctioneering".
- Ohio Department of Agriculture. "Ohio Approved Auctioneer Schools" (PDF).
- South Carolina Auctioneers' Commission. "Approved Auction Schools" (PDF).
- Tennessee Auctioneer Commission. "Education Providers".
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. "Approved Auction Schools".
- Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Professional and Occupational. "Virginia Approved Auctioneering Schools" (PDF).
- West Virginia Department of Agriculture. "Directory of Licensed Auctioneers and Apprentice Auctioneers - Auction Schools".