Interested in livestock auctioneering? This new Green Cert ‘top-up’ could be for you

The first 10 graduates have just qualified from a special new course, which has been especially designed for livestock mart auctioneers.

The course has been developed by the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) in partnership with the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) National Marts and the Institute of Technology Tallaght.

Graduates who have already successfully completed the Teagasc Level 6 Green Cert and who are working for an ICOS mart can apply for the new ‘Special Purpose Award’.

This is an additional educational qualification through which the graduates can apply for an auctioneer’s ‘Category A’ licence from the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PRSA), according to ICOS.

To qualify for the award, the graduates must first undertake a professional practice module which is run by IPAV and IT Tallaght – including practical work and an exam.

The establishment of this new ‘top-up’ course and qualification by IPAV and IT Tallaght follows discussions in recent years between ICOS and the PSRA, to identify how people interested in livestock marts auctioneering and who are already working in the sector could progress their career based on appropriate qualifications.

The chief executive of the PSRA Maeve Hogan attended the presentation of the first awards in Roscommon.

The PSRA regulates the property auctioneering sector and has a number of significant regulatory responsibilities for the livestock marts industry.

Michael Spellman, chairman of ICOS National Marts Committee said: “We’re very pleased to see this new educational award come into effect.

It is specific to the livestock marts sector and creates excellent career opportunities for younger people entering our industry, as well as supporting management succession within co-operative livestock auctioneering.

“We are grateful to the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers and IT Tallaght for the work they have done in bringing the course into being and to the regulator for their support and encouragement of the qualification,” Spellman added.