Published 22/07/2015 00:00:00 in Press Releases

“We are delighted with the success of NAMA’s Appraiser training courses, which have been extremely beneficial for attendees,” said Paul Hill, Chairman of the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA). NAMA represents all member auction companies of all sizes selling cars, commercial vehicles and off-road vehicles

The NAMA Appraiser training courses are held in conjunction with Stephenson College in Leicestershire.

Hill praised the efforts of the college, stating, “Stephenson College continues to meet all the challenges presented. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a respected higher education establishment.”

The courses train auction staff to appraise vehicles consistently and to a high standard, underpinning NAMA’s Grading Scheme by ensuring that vehicles are assessed uniformly. This gives consumers confidence in the veracity of the scheme.

NAMA’s Grading Scheme is the first national vehicle grading scheme and an unprecedented competency framework.

The Appraiser course was started 10 months ago, and has already trained over 300 candidates. It helps candidates to qualify faults and severity levels to a consistent standard, and to justify decisions utilising the NAMA standards for appraisal. It takes place over the course of one day.

Candidates gain an in-depth understanding of the benefits of standardisation for both buyers and sellers alike, and the importance of such a role in setting a new standard for the UK motor industry as a whole.

Successful attendees are rewarded with the ‘NAMA Accredited Appraiser’ qualification from the college and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).




  • The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) was originally founded as The Society of Motor Auctions in 1969. NAMA is an association within the Retail Motor Industry Federation representing Vehicle Auction Companies within the UK, currently covering 73 Member sites including large groups and independent auctions.  NAMA Members collectively employ 5,600 staff and last year were responsible for the sale of 1.4 Million vehicles generating a combined sales value of £7.6 Billion.
  • Stephenson College is one of the leading colleges in the UK for the automotive and logistics industry and is ideally situated in the centre of the UK. The college is committed to working with employers and contributing to increasing both local and national productivity.

Susan Pollock, Communications Officer
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

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