Phase I (the certification exams) consists of 10 exams, 10-20 questions each, in these subject areas: Equipment, Chemicals, Glass, Interior Detailing, Leather, Paint Correction & Protection, Wheels
& Tires, Prep Wash/Wash Bay, Detailing Terminology, Safety & Compliance. You need at least an 80% or better to pass. When you purchase your first attempt on an exam, you are provided a free 2nd attempt at the
exam if you fail to achieve 80% or higher. Should you require a 3rd or any additional attempts, you may purchase an exam retake for $10. Once you submit the retake
form and payment, you will receive the retake login.
IDA Certification is processed on a weekly basis. Upon submission of your enrollment order, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the online certification portal.
Attention: Be sure to check your junk/spam mail folders for the login, as sometimes the emails will filter there based on your mail settings.
Upon successful completion of all 10 exams, you will be sent an email indicating that you’ve passed and you may begin using the CD designation following your name. Your certificate and patch will follow shortly thereafter.
Phase II (the Skills Validated tests) represents the four primary categories that each candidate must demonstrate their “hands on” ability to perform. The detailer must perform each phase of the testing
on their own, and meet the minimum proficiency expected in order to pass. The exam is presented in a scenario-type format to afford the detailer the opportunity to demonstrate the abilities expected of the advanced
The applicant must have already completed Phase I Certification, having passed the ten written exams, to fulfill the classification of Certified Detailer (CD). Phase II Skills Validation (SV) testing demonstrates hands-on
skills and in-person testing by an IDA Recognized Trainer (RT) in areas covered in the written exams: Wash Bay/Prep, Interior, Exterior Correction, and Finishing Steps. Each portion of the test will be a one-on-one
teacher to student session.