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Job Description

Antique dealers are involved in selling and buying second hand goods that become valuable over the time.

Entry Requirements

There are no particular requirements you need to become an Antique dealer. However to help you become an Antique Dealer you could:


You could do a course in fine art, antiques or decorative arts.

You will usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course.

The following local colleges offer courses in Art and Design:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.


You could study for a degree in fine arts or art history, although this is not always essential.

You'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree. Entry requirements for courses vary, so you should check with individual colleges or universities.

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Career Tips

You'll need a good knowledge of antiques and the market. Sales skills, the ability to spot saleable items, and funds for starting up are likely to be more important than formal qualifications.

You could get a part time job or volunteer in an antiques shop as an assistant or general worker.

You should have an interest in collecting and researching antiques as a hobby then taking a stall at antiques markets or fairs, buying and selling on the internet.

The British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA) has information on working as an antique dealer.

Career Path and Progression

You could progress to become a specialist dealer, valuer or auctioneer.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Art gallery curator
  • Art valuer
  • Watch or clock repairer

Required Skills

  • A strong interest in historical items and antiques
  • Willingness to research
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Good judgement
  • Able to make a quick decision
  • Good commercial awareness
  • A passion for antiques

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