(A) The department of agriculture shall hold written examinations four times each year for the purpose of testing the qualifications required for obtaining a license under section 4707.07 of the Revised Code and twelve times each year for obtaining a license under section 4707.09 of the Revised Code and for unlicensed auction firm managers as required under division (D) of section 4707.074 of the Revised Code. The written examination shall be held at the department or at an alternative location determined by the department. In addition to the written examination, auctioneer license applicants shall pass an oral examination administered by the state auctioneers commission on the same date and at the same location as the written examination. An examination shall not be required for the renewal of any license unless the license has been revoked, suspended, or allowed to expire without renewal, in which case the applicant shall take and pass the appropriate examinations offered by the department. An examination fee of twenty-five dollars shall be collected from each person taking the auctioneer examination and fifteen dollars from each person taking either the apprentice auctioneer examination or the auction firm manager examination to defray expenses of holding the examinations.
(B) All applications and proofs shall be filed by each applicant before the scheduled date of examination, and shall be accompanied by proof of financial responsibility and a license fee. In order to be seated for an examination held under this section, an applicant shall have a complete application on file with the department not later than fourteen days prior to the examination date.
(C) If a court of competent jurisdiction or the department, at an administrative hearing, has found that an applicant conducted an auction, provided auction services, or acted as an auctioneer without a license issued under this chapter, the department may refuse to allow the applicant to take an examination under this section or may deny the issuance of a license to the applicant for a period of two years.
(1) If an applicant for a license fails to pass the examination, the applicant may take the examination on the next scheduled date for the examination. If an applicant fails to pass the examination on the second consecutive attempt, the applicant shall not take the examination on the next scheduled date for the examination.
(2) If an applicant for a license fails to pass the examination on the third attempt, the applicant shall attend auction school a second time before the applicant may take the examination. If an applicant for a license fails to pass the examination on the fourth attempt, the applicant shall not take the examination for at least one year from the date of the last failed attempt.
(3) If an individual who is taking the examination for an auction firm manager fails to pass the examination on the third attempt, the individual shall not take the examination for one year from the date of the last failed attempt.
Effective Date: 10-01-2001; 05-06-2005