Examinations shall be held in April and October of each year, at a time and place to be designated by the commissioner or his authorized representative.
Any individual auctioneer applicant may take the examination for auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer at the regularly scheduled time and place. The apprentice auctioneer's examination shall consist of a written examination. The auctioneer's examination will consist of both a written and oral examination. The passing grade for any written examination shall be seventy percent out of one hundred percent. The oral portion will be scored by the commissioner or his authorized representative. If the applicant fails either the written or oral portion of the examination, no license will be issued and he or she shall not be administered the examination again until the next regularly scheduled examination date. A person who is qualified for a auctioneer's license as provided for in this article is considered to be a professional in his trade.
One notice only of the examination shall be mailed to the applicant at the address given on the application. If the applicant fails to appear for such examination, except as provided herein, a new application and a new fee shall be required. No fee shall be returned except when the applicant fails to take the examination because of illness evidenced by a doctor's certificate sent to the commissioner. If excused because of illness the applicant shall be admitted to the next scheduled examination without paying an additional fee. No applicant shall be excused from taking the scheduled examination for any reason other than illness unless in the judgment of the commissioner the applicant would suffer undue hardship by not being excused.
An examination fee of fifty dollars, in addition to any other fees required by this article, shall be collected from each person taking such examination. If the applicant has previously paid the examination fee and successfully completed the apprentice auctioneer's examination, no additional examination fee will be required to take the auctioneer's examination as provided for in this article.
If the commissioner determines that an applicant does not qualify for a license, he or she shall so notify the applicant by certified mail. The notice shall state the reason for refusal to grant a license and the applicant's right to appeal the commissioner's decision within twenty days of receipt of the notice.
An examination shall not be required for the renewal of any license unless such license has been revoked or suspended, in which case the applicant may be required, by the commissioner, to take and pass any written or oral examination required by the department. In cases where a license has been expired for more than two years and not been revoked or suspended, the applicant is required to take and pass any written and oral examinations required by the department. The commissioner is hereby authorized to promulgate rules as he or she considers necessary for the renewal of auctioneer licenses, including, but not limited to, requirements for continuing education of auctioneers.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session