According to Slate magazine, about 50 schools in the United States offer courses for amateur auctioneers. In fact, 27 states require auctioneers to be licensed. About half of those states require apprentice auctioneers to accrue approximately 80 hours of training; otherwise you can complete an apprenticeship or, in some states, just sit for the exam. What type of gift would you buy someone who graduates from this training? A Genuine Walnut Gavel Set from us at Hit Trophy makes the perfect gift for a novice or professional auctioneer. Lined with black velour, a wonderful walnut case holds a 10” gavel with a gold band and includes a solid walnut sounding block. We will place a gold engraving plate on the outside of the case for the recipient’s name and date. We also can engrave the gold band on the gavel. All engraving comes free of charge, and we include free shipping too. A perfect present for the retiring professional or newly trained auctioneer, our Genuine Walnut Gavel Set (item 11G) makes a memorable award.