How to become an art valuer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
- a graduate training scheme
You could complete a degree in a relevant subject, like art history, fine arts and restoration, or fine arts conservation. You could then take professional training in valuation.
You could also do a specialist postgraduate course, like art market and appraisal or arts business, with universities and arts institutes.
Some major auction houses offer internship programmes. Information on placements and work experience is available from the Museums Association.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could work in an auction house or antiques business as an assistant, porter, or cataloguer and learn through experience and part-time study.
Entry can be very competitive so it's important to get some work experience. Taking on some voluntary work experience can also help you to get started in this career.
Society of Fine Art Auctioneers And Valuers has a list of auction houses in the UK.
You could join a graduate training scheme with a large auction house. Only a few of these are offered each year.
You'll usually need a degree in a subject like history of art or fine art, along with relevant art and business experience.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers as an associate member, if you work for an auction house that's also a member.
You can find out more about careers in this area from the Museums Association.
You can also get information about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.