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Auto detailing technician

If you are passionate about cars and perceive them as objects of beauty, style and design.

Duration of training: 2 week-ends (32 hours)
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Description of the training

Training available each month.

If you are passionate about cars and perceive them as objects of beauty, style and design. If you have the attention to detail, meticulousness and precision to do the quality work to refurbish a vehicle, read on to learn more.

Professionals in auto detailing are very valuable to car dealerships and garages. With the right products, tricks and techniques, they can transform low-value cars and trucks into reconditioned vehicles ready for sale. Did you know that vehicle Dealers currently generate a majority of their profits from used-car sales? For example, to be designated a “Certified Used Vehicle,” Auto Dealerships depend in part upon the remarkable skills of a qualified detailing technician to turn their customer trade-ins into a “like-new” condition for resale.

Detailing involves a thorough cleaning and reconditioning of both the interior and exterior of a vehicle, generally consisting of a more in-depth service than a standard wash and vacuum. It is a meticulous step-by-step process to restore the vehicle’s beauty and to keep its value.

One of the most important skills in auto detailing is having a strong understanding of chemicals. Certain chemicals can be used for cleaning the interior or exterior of a car, while others can be applied to complement a paint job. Moreover, some will remove rust, stains and corrosion. Over time, you’ll acquire a sound knowledge of chemicals, how they work, and the type of jobs they are well-suited.

ITA courses are designed for the real world and focus on the skills that hiring managers at auto Dealerships, fleet companies and repair shops want to see in their job applicants. Here are some examples of duties you may be called upon to perform:

  • Cleaning vehicle interiors and exteriors in compliance with all company standards and client requests.

  • Operating buffers, steamers, hoses, vacuums, and other equipment to meet service expectations.

  • Using cleaning, protective, and restorative agents to maintain and enhance the appearance of vehicles.

  • Following all safety procedures

  • Performing inspections and keeping complete, accurate records of the vehicle’s condition.

  • Managing inventory and reordering supplies.

  • Delivering vehicles to their owners.

  • Responding to client inquiries and fulfilling their requests.

Auto detailing is also labour intensive; that is why it is so important to know all the steps and how to perform them in the right order and execute those steps correctly. In addition to proper techniques and standard operating procedures for all stages of auto detailing, ITA will teach you the tips, tricks and secrets of professional auto detailers enabling you to work more effectively and more efficiently!

Items to be discussed are:

  • Safety – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Product Handling and Procedures.

  • Interior – Prep Process, Pre Spotting, Cleaners, Enzyme, Tools

  • Wet/Wash Bay – Cleaners, Degreasers, Tar, Bugs, Exterior Contaminants, Soaps, Accessories, Tools, Process

  • Interior – Carpets, Cleaners, Tornador, Extractors, Windows, Odor Removal, Process, Application

  • Exterior Buff – A look into Rotary vs. RO Buffers, Removal of Swirls, Scratches & Oxidation, Paint Protection, Technique, Application

While anyone can purchase a bottle of wax and a polisher, becoming a true detailing professional takes specific training and skills – knowledge of vehicles, paint systems, detailing chemicals, auto detailing equipment, proper car detailing techniques, and much more. ITA offers the car care industry’s most comprehensive, hands-on training program for professional auto detailing.

We want to invite you to experience our program for yourself. Our admissions team is ready to answer any questions you might have about it, so feel free to reach out for additional details. If you’re interested in visiting in person, we’d be happy to arrange a visit to our school so you can see our students and instructors in action.

You will acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform various cleaning and restoration tasks on the inside and outside of a vehicle in order to restore it to new condition

The modules present in the training

Complete A to Z instruction on all aspects of detailing, including prep wash, engine bay, interior and exterior, and advanced paint correction and rejuvenation techniques.

*Subject to changes

Upon completion of the ITA Auto Detailing Technician program, the student will have the skills and knowledge of:Vehicle Washing Techniques.

  • Hands-on Training with Professional Detailing Equipment.

  • Complete instruction in the six categories of detail chemicals and their proper use (i.e. Compounds; Polishes; Waxes; Sealants; Cleaners; Dressings)

  • Comprehensive Demonstration on The Art of High-Speed Buffing.

  • Polishing Techniques.

  • Interior Cleaning.

  • Exterior Cleaning.

*Subject to changes

Exterior Cleaning involves washing the car, tire and wheel care and, of course, surface preparation and paint care.


  • Determine Customer Needs and Budgets

  • Introduction to Exterior Detailing Tools

  • Prepping, Car Wash, Decontamination, Tires

  • Perform Car Wash Procedure

  • Detailing the Engine Bay

  • Headlight Restoration

  • Minor Scratch Repair

  • Introduction to Paint Correction and Proper Assessment

  • Plastics, Rubber, and Chrome Restoration

*Order of subjects may vary

In this part of the course we’ll focus on all the details of the interior.


  • Description of services offered for interior detailing

  • Pet Hair Removal and Vacuum

  • Headliner and Visor Detailing

  • Detailing of Doors, Jambs, Dash, Instrument Panel, and Center Console

  • Removing Upholstery Spots and Stains

  • Upholstery Detailing

  • Carpet and Floor Mats Detailing

  • Glass and Mirror Detailing

*Order of subjects may vary


  • Practice, Hands-on Assessment

  • Intake, Exterior Detailing, and Headlight Restoration

  • Interior Detailing

  • Sales and Customer Service

  • Planning, Designing your Shop

  • Working with the Customer

  • Industry Distributors and Brands

  • Placing orders for Materials

  • Marketing your Services

*Order of subjects may vary


  • Extreme Paint Correction and Deep Scratch Repair

  • Touching up a Scratch

  • Paint Application

  • Brushing the Paint on the Surface

  • Drying Process

  • Applying Ceramic Coating

  • Advanced Glass and Chrome Treatment

  • Glass Polishing Procedure

  • Advanced Buffing Techniques

  • Hands on Practice: Using a Rotary or Dual Action Buffer

*Order of subjects may vary

Career Opportunities

Auto detailers work at car washes, car dealerships, car rental companies, and shops that specialize in auto detailing. The hours can vary, with some employers giving regular, full-time hours and others requiring evenings and weekends. The work environment for car detailers is typically fast-paced. Car detailers usually work with a team of other detailers and car professionals. Experienced auto detailers may move into related occupations, such as automobile accessories installer or auto body technician. They may also advance to supervisory positions. Some auto detailers may start their own businesses.

One of the main advantages of pursuing a career in auto detailing is that the work will never get dull or repetitive. Due to advances in technology and changes in the structure, components and materials used in automobiles, your work will be evolving, which will no doubt impact your approach and strategies.

The candidates sought are known for their attention to detail, ability to work in teams, to have strong communication skills and knowledge of the products, tools and equipment of the trade. Many employers prefer applicants to have prior training.

Rapid access

to the job market !


Targeted occupations
  • Automobile (all powered lite vehicles)

  • Recreational vehicles (Boats, RV’s…)

  • Entrepreneurship

Work places
  • Used Car Dealerships

  • Auto Auctions

  • Rental Car Companies

  • Body Shops

  • Detail Companies

  • Retail Car Washers

  • Montreal Region: $19/hr

  • Prov. of Quebec: $17/hr

  • Canada: $19/hr

*The average salary comes in at $36,054. The top 10 percent earned $41,359 or more.