About Southeastern school of Auctioneering, LLC

Auctions are our specialty, training auctioneers is our profession. Auctioneering is one of the greatest professions of our time. Our Auction school trains anyone how to become a professional auctioneer. Auction schools are a necessity for a person to study the laws and rules that govern a professional auction. We are the oldest auction school in South Carolina, since 1983 we have been training professional auctioneers and pride ourselves on the wide variety of course offerings. We are approved in most states. Call for information regarding Vocational Rehabilitation requirements. Students will be able to develop their skill at bid calling, business management, auction law and specific auction field information. 

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Southeastern School of Auctioneering, LLC welcomes anyone who would like to obtain their auctioneers license. Check your state auction licensing board to see if your state requires you to attend an auction school. Southeastern offers the best school for helping persons to build skills necessary to be the “best in the business!”

Our classes run from Saturday to Saturday.  Georgia students will attend 2 extra days.  Students passing the school exam with a grade of 75 or better will receive a diploma from the school and will be able to take their State Auctioneer’s Exam if all requirements are met with their states auctioneers commission.


Much like many conferences attended by millions today, the school is held within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and hotels nearby. Southeastern School of Auctioneering, LLC is held at the Holiday Express and Suites at 642 Fairview Road, Simpsonville, South Carolina (near Greenville, SC!) You may call them at 1-864-962-3228 to reserve a room. Be sure to request the special room rate with Southeastern School of Auctioneering.  Breakfast is included.
Staying at the Holiday Express is convenient to go from your hotel room to sessions and many students prefer this option. There are other hotels in the area if you would prefer a different hotel, for your convenience they have been listed on the information page.


Southeastern School of Auctioneering, LLC provides a week long schedule Saturday to Saturday, for the convenience of being away from family, friends and work for only that amount of time.  The schedule is rigorous but fun and enjoyable in a great place to meet others that are looking to build careers in the auction industry.  Students will attend three live auctions during the week to hear other auctioneers in the business and be able to have a overview of a variety of auctions. Carolina Auto Auction which is an award winning auto auction, Upstate Livestock Market where the head auctioneer is a two-time Reserve Champion Cattle Auctioneer, and a live student auction where the instructors and students participate and practice their skills of ringman techniques, bid calling, voice control and engaging the auction attendees. Family and Friends are welcome to attend this particular auction!

Exam, graduation and class photo are held on the last Saturday.  All friends and family are invited to attend the graduation.


Tablet or notepad for taking notes
Laptop (if you have one)
Mouse (may be helpful during the publication session)
Pencils / pens

With over 150 combined years of experience, Southeastern School of Auctioneering, LLC Instructors are some of the best in the nation. Many of our instructors are award-winning bid calling champions, national presenters in the auctioneer industry and all are at the top of their field. Our instructors are truly passionate about their profession, the auctioneering industry, and providing skills necessary to become the best auctioneer you can be!

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Southeastern School of Auctioneering, LLC was conceived in 1982 by Larry J. Meares, who was serving on the South Carolina Auctioneers Commission at that time.
Having been on the committee to help put the SC Auction Law together and approved by the legislation process in South Carolina in 1975 and getting final approval of the law in 1977, he found there was a need to train persons in the auctioneering profession so that the law could be followed by auctioneers.

In 1982 and 1983 he assembled a workbook detailing how to call on clients such as banks, estate representatives, business owners, attorneys, and many other professionals to promote auctions. The book also included information on how to call bids, set up a variety of auctions, sell the items, account for all sales proceeds, pay sales taxes to the proper state agency, deliver the goods to the buyers, and other requirements of a professional auctioneer.

The school was approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Auctioneers Commission. The first class in November 1983 had five students, and we have grown tremendously since that time. Our class limit is twenty students because that gives instructors more one on one time with the students.

Today Southeastern School of Auctioneering is approved in most states and has more than 1,500 graduates. We also teach 12 to 15 continuing education seminars each year from South Carolina to Canada, and are continuing to grow, teaching online auctions, onsite auctions, internet advertising, environmental concerns, and many other subjects.