Want to learn paint correction or simply how to professionally detail a vehicle? It helps to learn from others. An online course is one of the best and cost effective ways to learn.
There are a TON of auto detailing techniques, so be sure you select an online course that’s right for you.
If you are a pro with a bit of experience, you may find in-person training more valuable…nothing beats hands-on instruction from other professionals! However, for beginners or hobbyists, an online course is a cost-effective place to start.
In this post, I’ll break down 5 online training courses for beginners and professionals to consider.
1. Detail King
If you have been in auto detailing for any amount of time, you’re likely to come across Detail King as a resource in this community. They offer an in-person Auto Detailing School which may be a good option down the road, but they also have video content as well.
Throughout the year, they host a series of technician seminars, which is basically two days of hands-on auto detailing school. This in-person course focuses both on business tips and technique building, and they also offer 3-day classes in auto detailing reconditioning services.
If you’re interested in self-guided auto detailing, they also have training videos available to purchase on their website here.
Rightlook offers several online training courses spanning a variety of topics. In addition to a course that focuses on teaching technique, they also offer a couple of different online courses on pricing your services as well as business and marketing you can explore here.
Rightlook also offers live instruction online which is pretty unique compared to some of the other options I have seen. These courses can be quite expensive, but they do offer a certificate program with many of these.
Some of the business-oriented courses are much more affordable, and a great option if you are looking for video content to help grow your business.
AutoGeek is another outlet that mainly offers in-person courses, but they also offer several online tutorials and guides for performing critical auto detailing techniques that may be helpful for beginners to browse through. They also have an extensive community as well.
They offer a few free online videos spanning a wide variety of topics, including:
- Winterizing your car’s exterior
- How to use a rinseless wash
- How to wax your car
- How to use auto detailing clay
- and much more!
4. AMMO NYC
Larry and his team over at AMMO NYC are some of the best in the business for teaching beginner to advanced auto detailing concepts.
For anyone who has intermediate to advanced detailing skills, both his YouTube channel and website training section offer several free training guides, PDFs, and videos for people looking to expand their skillset.
His content is unmatched in my opinion for not being boring, but very educational, fun, and well-produced.
Udemy is one of the most affordable training options you have as an amateur detailer. While you have to be careful whenever adopting techniques from anyone that creates a course here, this is a good option if you are looking for basic business tips to help you become a better detailer.
Most of these detailing courses start under $20, and can be a good starting point for hobbyists. In terms of certificates, you won’t find them here, but you will be able to access some pretty affordable and in-depth resources for the price.
Free auto detailing resources from Carwash Country
If you’re a beginner considering a course, I invite you check out a few of our own resources (all free):
- Carwash Country Resource Center: the place to find eBooks, webinars and templates (for beginners or business owners)
- Carwash Country YouTube Channel…where you’ll find tutorials, how-tos, and other quick tips.
- Carwash Country Blog (for Hobbyists)
- Carwash Country Blog (for Business Owners)
Before you pay for something in-depth (like tutorials or courses), I recommend you consume free content if you are a beginner, and pay for a course that goes more in-depth on waxing, paint correction, or another specialty.
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This post was updated on January 16, 2022.