This program is a culmination of the cooperative efforts of industry leaders specializing in the detailing industry. The multi-phased program evaluates and develops a detailer’s technical knowledge and proficiency. Successful completion of the first phase, consisting of ten written exams, will grant the detailer the title of IDA Certified Detailer (IDA-CD).
What is the CD Designation? The CD designation is a great achievement and demonstrates a basic mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed by the detailing professional. The pride of earning the CD designation places that detailing professional among a group at the top of their profession.
Although certification is somewhat costly and requires a sustained commitment, it has many benefits for detailers and their customers. CDs have not only demonstrated competency, but they have shown determination and commitment in completing the certification process. They are typically dedicated individuals who believe strongly in improving themselves and their profession.
What doest the Program include? This comprehensive program consists of 10 exams in these subject areas: Equipment, Chemicals, Glass, Interior Detailing, Leather, Paint Correction & Protection, Wheels & Tires, Prep Wash/Wash Bay, Detailing Terminology, Safety & Compliance.
I. My Commitment to Professionalism:
A. To strive to operate with the highest standards while providing quality detail services through the use of professional car care products, equipment, and techniques;
B. To endeavor to maintain a professional, trustworthy, and well-trained personnel; and,
C. To continuously pursue service improvement by seeking out continuing training and education.
II. My Commitment to the Customer:
A. To recommend to the customer only those services needed to properly recondition the vehicle to the customer’s specification;
B. To treat all customers fairly throughout the service event;
C. To exercise all reasonable care for the customer’s vehicle and personal property while in my custody; and,
D. To endeavor to meet or exceed the customer’s expectations.
III. My Commitment to Compliance:
A. To adhere to all local, state, and federal regulations governing the operation of a professional detailing business;
B. To obtain and maintain all licenses and permits required by law;
C. To meet and exceed all applicable regulations that ensure the safety of personnel; and,
D. To obtain all necessary and appropriate insurance coverage.
IV. My Commitment to the Industry:
A. To contribute to the elevation of standards within the detailing industry;
B. To actively support, contribute to, participate with, and uphold the standards of the International Detailing Association; and,
C. To uphold the integrity of all members of the International Detailing Association.
V. My Commitment to the Environment:
A. To continually strive to reduce waste as well as the consumption of natural resources;
B. To minimize the use of hazardous and dangerous chemicals whenever possible; and,
C. To adhere to the tenets of the Clean Water Act by preventing non-compliant discharge of wastewater and contaminants.