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Certificate in Car Detailing Online Course

Learn Car Detailing and How to Start Your Own Business

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Learn the Techniques of Car Detailing and How to Start Your Own Business

The Certificate in Car Detailing is a comprehensive course covering the methods and tools required to detail cars, including how to detail the interior, engine bay & wheels, body wash, how to wax and polish professionally and more, plus how to run a profitable Car Detailing business.

The course is broken up into three modules. The first module covers car detailing whereby we go into detail all the steps you must follow to detail a car, all presented on online videos so you can follow step by step and rewind and stop whenever you like. Following this module we go through the 10 steps you must follow to start your own business, which will get you up and running quickly and easily.

Also included are four valuable courses in Business Development, including Entrepreneurship, which will help you succeed in business, Personal Branding to enable you to build your brand, Interpersonal Skills to teach you communication skills and most importantly Organisational Skills to help you achieve your goals.

For a comprehensive list and reviews of all courses available simply click the units of study tab.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, learn car detailing techniques and how to run your own business with Courses For Success Today!

Course Outcomes:

  • How To Detail The Car – From A To Z.
  • The Serious Differences Between Different Makes of Cars - and How to Detail For Them!
  • How To Polish & Wax Professionally
  • Speciality Products - Decrease your overhead, increase your profit!
  • How To Start Your Business (Step-By-Step)
  • How To Market Your Business
  • How To Sell Your Products Effectively
  • …And Much More!

Career Prospects:

  • Work as a vehicle detailer
  • Work as caravan or boat detailer
  • Start your own detailing business

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Discover how to detail your car and Start your Own Business
  2. Comprehensive 3 module Certificate in Car Detailing Online Course
  3. Study along with simple instructions, videos & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading car detailing experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, MAC, tablet or Smart Phone.

Recognition & Accreditation

This course is internationally recognized and accredited by the International Association of Online Training Standards (IAOTS). The courses offered by Courses For Success are unique as they are taught in a step by step process enabling students to complete them quickly and easily so that you can obtain your qualification sooner. All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion. Courses For Success is committed to high completion rates and therefore 100% student satisfaction.

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Module 1: Learn Car Detailing Techniques

Unit 1: Detailing the interior

You are shown how to make light work of an interior clean.

  • How to vacuum the interior
  • What vacuum tools to use
  • How to get into hard to reach crevices
  • How to do extraction cleaning of upholstery
  • How to apply upholstery protection
  • What products to use for cleaning interior windows
  • How to professionally dress the interior

Unit 2: Engine bay & wheels

This unit covers how to effectively clean and dress the engine bay and wheels to a professional standard.

You are given a thorough demonstration of how to do each job from start to finish.


  • What mistakes to avoid
  • What products will work best
  • How to make your job easier
  • How to dress the engine bay to make the motor look brand new
  • How to use tools correctly

Unit 3: Body Wash

This unit covers how to wash the body of the car. The body wash is the most important part of the detailing process as this is the first thing the customer notices when they pick up their car.

You are shown the best practice technique to wash the car, including preparation and finishing.


  • What products to use
  • Tips on the best equipment to use
  • The areas that people forget
  • How to make your job easier

Unit 4: Polish & Wax Professionally

This unit covers polishing and waxing the exterior paintwork.

You are shown how to buff up oxidised paint and how to apply a cutting polish and wax by hand to bring up a rich deep shine in the paintwork.

You will see how effortlessly a professional look can be achieved when you use the right products with the correct technique, making it easy for you to keep your customers satisfied and coming back again and again.


  • How to put the finishing touches on
  • What products and equipment to use
  • How to use a power buffer
  • The correct pads to use on the buffer

Unit 5: Specialty products & problem solving

In this unit we look at some useful accessories to add to your kit.

You are given tips on when to use these accessories and what applications to use them on.

You are also given tips on getting started and running your business.


  • What quantity of products to buy
  • What vehicle will suit your business
  • How to get available jobs
  • How to avoid mistakes
  • How to diversify your business
  • How to build repeat business
  • How to work with water restrictions
  • About your work environment
  • How to up sell to your customers
  • How to know your customers
  • How to look for additional business
  • How to stay at the cutting edge of your trade

Unit 6: Business management & marketing

In this unit you will learn the 10 most important steps to get your business up and running and earning you money as soon as possible.


  • How to name your business
  • What bank accounts you should open
  • What stationery you need
  • How to prepare invoices
  • How to get testimonials
  • How to research your competitors
  • About effective communication systems
  • What insurance you will need

Other topics covered indetail include:

  • The use of Marquees
  • The equipment you will need
  • Educating yourself
  • Uniforms
  • OH&S
  • Staff
  • Pricing
  • Customer needs
  • Specialisation
  • Marketing
  • Keeping your books

Resource materials

Included in the course are many useful tools to help get your business started:

  • Downloadable course manual
  • Sample business plan
  • Example flyers
  • Sample invoices

Module 2: 10 Steps To Start A New Business Online Short Course


  • How to choose a business name
  • What to consider when choosing a business name
  • What type of business structure you need
  • The importance of bookeeping
  • The importance of doing a business plan
  • How to open a business bank account and factors to consider
  • Choosing a business location and business leases
  • Tax, Companies and licenses
  • How to organise your business stationary and what you need
  • Marketing and branding ideas
  • How to choose employees
  • What types of insurances do you need?
  • Starting a business, buying a franchise or buying an established business

Module 3: Business Development

Course 1 - Entrepreneurship Online Short Course

  • Make Your Business Venture an Astounding Success!
  • Understand how to start a business
  • Develop a business plan
  • Get financing for your business
  • Hire and train employees
  • Run your business
  • Grow your business
  • Is It Feasible?
  • What Are Your Interests?
  • Do You Have the Experience?
  • Are You an Expert?
  • What is the market/competition like
  • Is the Venture Lucrative?
  • Is There Competition?
  • How Can You Set Yourself Apart from the Competition?
  • Basics of starting a business
  • Legal Structure of the Business
  • Create a business plan
  • What Should Be Included in the Business Plan
  • Gather Documentation
  • Get financing
  • Hire employees
  • Training employees
  • Market the business
  • Create a Website
  • Networking Groups
  • Social Media
  • Run the business
  • Grow the business

Course 2 - Personal Branding Online Short Course

  • Managing Your Personal Brand To Help You Achieve Success
  • Define your image
  • Control your image
  • Understand how to sharpen your brand
  • Use social media appropriately
  • Manage your brand in a crisis
  • Develop a professional appearance
  • Controlling and developing your image
  • Personal and professional influences
  • Sharpening your brand
  • Have an Objective
  • Appearance matters
  • Never Burn a Bridge
  • Social media
  • Blogging
  • Networking
  • Brand management during a crisis
  • Branding personality traits
  • Identify Your Unique Values

Course 3 - Interpersonal Skills Online Short Course

  • Learn Powerful Communication Skills!
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Listening and hearing: they aren't the same thing
  • Asking questions
  • Communicating with power
  • Non-verbal communication skills
  • Body language
  • The signals you sent to others
  • It's not what you say, it's how you say it
  • Making small talk and moving beyond
  • Moving the conversation along
  • Asking for examples
  • Using repetition
  • Usng summary questions
  • Asking for clarity and completeness
  • Remembering names
  • Influencing skills
  • Creating a powerful introduction
  • Using Mnemonics
  • Uh-oh... I've forgotten your name
  • Bringing people to your side
  • Sharing your opinion
  • Negotiation basics
  • Making an impact

Course 4 - Organizational Skills Online Course

  • Remove the clutter
  • Just do it
  • You dont have to keep everything
  • Three boxes: Keep, donate and trash
  • A place for everything and everything in it's place
  • Prioritize
  • Write it down
  • Urgent / Important Matrix
  • Divide tasks
  • 80/20 rule
  • Scheduling your time
  • Have a master calendar
  • Setting deadlines
  • Remove or limit the time wasters
  • Coping with things outside of your control
  • To do lists
  • Use a day planner
  • Finish what you start
  • Focus on the important
  • Do quick tasks immediately
  • Paper and paperless storage
  • Find a system that works for you
  • Make it consistent
  • Make it time sensitive
  • Setting up archives
  • Organization in your work area
  • Tools to fight procrastination
  • Remove distractions
  • Give yourself a reward
  • Break up large tasks
  • Organising your inbox
  • Setting delivery rules
  • Folder and message hierachy
  • Deal with email right away
  • Flag and highlight important item
  • Avoid the causes of disorganization
  • Discipline is the key to staying organized
  • Stay within your systems
  • Learn to say No
  • Have organisiation be part of your life
  • Plan for tomorrow, today

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

  • Microsoft Windows 98, or
  • PC
  • Apple Mac
  • iPad, iPad mini, all smart devices etc

Students will also need access to the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader and
  • Microsoft word
  • We recommend using Firefox browser

4 September 2017 11:11:59 PM

Very helpful & practical course.

1 September 2017 03:30:44 PM

It was interesting, it was helpful and it gives a lot of good advises.

1 September 2017 11:58:53 AM

Excellent course

8 August 2017 10:18:28 PM

Very enjoyable course

8 August 2017 10:18:05 PM


5 August 2017 01:39:15 AM


3 August 2017 01:48:59 PM


1 August 2017 12:10:02 AM

this is very useful course to establish our own business

29 July 2017 09:02:02 PM

Good Simple to understand course.
However, does promote a particular product.

25 July 2017 05:46:39 PM

very thorough, learned a lot.

18 July 2017 10:54:28 PM

awesome course, i learned alot on here and worth the time to take the course.

21 June 2017 09:15:09 AM

i really loved this course and found it very informative

14 June 2017 11:45:56 PM

Very informative

9 June 2017 04:47:52 PM

Great course for starting up an auto detailing business.

31 May 2017 04:48:45 AM

This course was extremely helpful in giving me more knowledge in detailing vehicles as well as teaching me aspects of running a business. Thank you very much for offering this tool.

24 May 2017 09:47:49 PM

As for someone who is totally new at Car detailing, And learning all the products is something bewildering. Trying to understand the products and how to use them is very frightening. I've always loved cleaning my car pretty well every weekend. But used mostly my house hold products. I live in a very small town (community) so I don't except to loads of job offers. I started my business up (was meant to take over a contract but that feel through) as our local government decided to change how they do things. I'd already had all my paperwork finished for my business, I decided to continue on with my plan. I thought since Im not expecting to get many jobs cleaning homes, I'd add carpet cleaning as well. I purchased a machine that I could use on carpets and maybe the odd car detailing. I know most people say is a pretty basic thing to do. Doing this course and helping with products is the best thing I can do for myself and my business even though I know my business is not going to expand.

30 April 2017 11:16:35 PM

good and quick

30 April 2017 09:09:04 AM

Very informative course. I learned a lot about myself that I thought I knew but didn't.

28 April 2017 11:57:15 PM

Great course.

28 April 2017 08:00:30 PM

Very good

13 April 2017 09:35:32 AM

good information and great tips to starting out in the industry

9 April 2017 11:59:46 PM

Very Well planned,helpful and well explaining.

9 April 2017 11:53:32 PM

This course was absolutely amazing, it was all well explained to every little detail.

6 April 2017 08:28:07 PM

Such a detailed course has showed me some great points in regards to detailing, what products to use and also how to use them. I would recommend this course to a freind or even someone who is going to enjoy this kind of things. Thank you

1 April 2017 09:44:59 PM

A very comprehensive course for me to kickstart my own car grooming business

22 March 2017 02:52:36 AM

Good info

15 March 2017 08:34:11 PM

great course!

8 March 2017 06:31:09 PM

i found the course easy video where self explanatory use of products easy to understand enjoying the course so far

28 February 2017 10:56:00 PM

Great course very informative.

28 February 2017 12:44:57 PM

Easy to understand helpful course which I've learned a few things from. Thanks.

21 February 2017 02:12:49 PM

Gave me all the info that i need to start up my auto detailing business

16 February 2017 06:50:10 AM

great course!

12 February 2017 11:36:50 AM

I really liked the second and third modules with very practical information and how to apply it. It is very helpful in helping increase productivity.

1 February 2017 10:00:08 AM

This was a very good course I believe that the material was very easy to understand .

26 January 2017 04:56:49 AM

great concise information

24 January 2017 08:31:51 AM

Very well organized ans structured course.

24 January 2017 04:14:21 AM

This course is very helpful and the videos are a nice summary.

23 January 2017 03:44:10 AM

This module has some very helpful information and I have learned a lot

20 January 2017 09:29:04 PM

very good course

19 January 2017 01:41:33 PM

Learned some good points.

14 January 2017 09:16:49 PM

fantastic course far more info than i thought i was going to get

28 December 2016 09:07:30 PM

This course is awesome and suits a new business setup in car detailing

27 December 2016 03:44:57 PM

Very educational resource for up and coming detailers.

24 December 2016 10:29:45 AM

Thank you for teaching me how to detail cars now im off to start my own business from home

22 December 2016 04:28:25 PM

Brilliantly structured and presented.
I am enthusiastically engaged and feel well informed.

Ready for the next one!

11 November 2016 07:56:01 AM

Fast and easy course.

16 October 2016 10:31:05 PM

Really nice course, interesting and easy to get your focus in

16 October 2016 02:15:42 PM

Course was helpful....

11 October 2016 09:58:04 PM

I was very happy with all the the information given to me on here there were a lot of very handy tips and a lot of tools given to build my new business thanks a lot
kind regards sean burgess

5 October 2016 10:56:39 PM

This was a Fantastic opportunity for me to grow my mindset.

30 September 2016 01:11:18 PM

This course was easy to follow

22 September 2016 08:21:25 AM

Enjoyed the course, it was easy to follow.

9 September 2016 02:22:54 PM

I found this course informative and provided useful idea's and tips for my business.

7 September 2016 02:14:24 PM

Excellent course

5 September 2016 09:03:52 PM

Good Course, I learn a lot from it

3 September 2016 12:46:08 PM

great information and tips to point me in the right direction with confidence

28 August 2016 10:18:33 AM

I find this online course to be very informative and you have the option of pausing and going back to the course when you have time. The fact that you can rewind and go forward when you choose or review a section you are not clear on.

18 August 2016 01:50:54 PM

This is a very good course for anyone wanting to start there own business. Thank you. Gary Ashton.

4 August 2016 12:04:47 PM

Detailing a car was very well explained and presented.

1 August 2016 07:29:30 PM

found the course verry easy to understand, and great the videos were in real time instead of skipping all of the actual work....

24 July 2016 08:27:26 PM

This has helped to gain a better understanding of the process required to clean a car

28 June 2016 08:34:48 AM

found this course helpful and informative

16 June 2016 02:05:13 PM

Found this course very informative and easy to understand the do's and don'ts of car detailing.

31 May 2016 05:54:35 PM

Its Good

24 May 2016 08:38:03 PM

Very well presented course with lots of good information for both technique and product use. Thanks very much.

19 May 2016 11:33:15 AM

gained knowledge on how to do the proper car detailing, and how to use a proper chemicals and equipment.

learned strategies on how to start own business .

15 May 2016 04:29:39 AM

Very good for someone starting out.

2 May 2016 12:52:17 AM

this was a very good coarse was told in an easy way to detail a car from vacuuming to window cleaning to under the hood wheels and the car wash and polish it was very valuable

28 April 2016 10:48:15 AM

Found this course information informative and thought provoking.

25 April 2016 11:28:57 AM

Excellent videos and resources to help me learn basic detailing techniques and knowledge to start a small business!

15 March 2016 06:17:26 PM

To whom this may concern,

This course is a great way of learning. I want to do car detailing for a living now that I am at retiring age. I had a fair idea of what to do, but nothing was really put in an order like this is. This does save a lot of time than just googling information.

Thank you.

Regards Brian.

7 March 2016 12:54:02 AM

Clear and systematically explained the process and procedure of the detailing steps from start to finish.

10 February 2016 04:04:06 PM

great course.

9 February 2016 04:05:13 AM

Great for people who want to learn more about the car detailing and valeting business, great tips and videos to help you along the way

8 February 2016 06:13:57 PM

Succesful one

7 January 2016 08:07:31 PM

Videos were really helpfully and covered everything wanted to know.

13 December 2015 03:53:43 PM

good course

26 November 2015 10:55:26 AM

I found the course informative yet easy to follow. It covers areas I didn't expect and I feel prepared to go ahead and start a small business

13 November 2015 07:17:26 PM

Great help. Very informative. Learnt a lot from this course! Thank you.

7 November 2015 07:29:54 PM

best thing ever

1 November 2015 11:47:16 PM

Excellent good.

24 September 2015 01:03:05 PM

Great simple to understand course, covering all the basics of car detailing and running a business!

23 September 2015 10:57:08 AM

Perfect explanation of the course

21 August 2015 04:42:08 PM

was great

25 July 2015 10:28:00 AM


5 June 2015 04:07:21 PM

well presented.good amount of information given

23 May 2015 02:35:22 PM

Thanks for the helpful information

19 May 2015 12:23:53 PM

The course was a good entry gate to see what products and equipment could be used and how to properley detail a car. In my opinion the instructor could've been a bit more technical with his explanations but overall was a good start.

15 May 2015 10:37:37 PM

The course was fantastic learnt a lot that will help in my future knowledge and skills

5 May 2015 04:19:31 PM

I found this course very helpful and easy to follow.
Q11. Multi clean plus.
Q30. Contact other detailers in my area asking for quotes.

1 May 2015 08:27:32 AM

The course had useful content.

22 April 2015 11:52:32 AM

I am happy with the videos

thank you

13 April 2015 05:38:22 PM

Last week I drove my car to crystal clean car detailers, they advised me on the best way to wash my car, they also gave me free advice on car care products, the staff where helpful and courteous.my car looked like new and smelt it too. Im very happy with their sevice an would recommend too my friends.

10 March 2015 05:50:23 AM

Very helpful

2 March 2015 01:23:38 PM

Hi guys, enjoyed the online training provided, keep up the good work.

24 February 2015 12:03:14 PM

I thought the course had a lot of good tips like not extracting the roof lining because it is only glued and using a small brush to wipe polish off between the joins of two panels or a door and panel. This advice alone will save me from making some costly mistakes. It made me realise that you can do most polishing by hand without having to use a machine. The business tip advice was also very helpful in starting a new business as well as the example invoices.

22 January 2015 07:21:13 PM

thankyou I have learnt some great tips

15 January 2015 02:11:20 PM

Easy, Pleasant, a Pleasure to learn and understand.
Great tips

4 December 2014 03:47:15 PM

Excellent course very easy to follow and very informative in all areas. I would highly recommnend this course

18 November 2014 02:23:11 PM

This course was well planned out and excellently guided for anyone starting a car detailing business. I could not think of a better training program around and good value for money as well

28 September 2014 12:40:17 PM

This course has been very functional and useful to start my new business. The course gave me a really important clues for my business success.

Thank you to the whole team.

19 September 2014 03:20:49 AM

Good overall training package but material need to be updated to cater new detailing method and product.

10 September 2014 08:32:42 AM

Well explained, clear, concise.

7 August 2014 08:19:01 PM

i found the detailing course gave me lots of tips and information that i never knew i needed, also it was very clear and concise. i feel that the length of the course was suitable for me and the "10 steps to business" was an added bonus for me. highly recommended .

13 June 2014 11:55:48 AM

Fantastic way of learning. Able to do everything in my own time. Would of liked some one on one time with a teacher or qualified person, but still good

8 April 2014 10:32:53 PM

It has been helpful

2 April 2014 11:44:43 PM

Thank you for an informative course. The DVD/video clips were good quality, clear and the voices were easy to understand. The step by step instructions made it very simple and easy to remember. I look forward to applying what I learned from this course to my future business.

19 March 2014 05:28:17 PM

Great customer service. Learnt a lot through the dvds. The guy on the dvd explained everything thourgouly

13 March 2014 10:59:35 PM

This course was very good, easy to understand, simple set up, and the videos help make a visual reference for remembering and understanding all the information. I enjoyed it.

12 March 2014 08:12:48 PM

I gained some useful new skills, tips and information with completing this course, I can now put these new skills into practice in my auto detailing business. Thank you Courses for Success.

12 February 2014 08:37:41 PM

this course has shown me so many thing that i didnt really know about detailing cars

19 January 2014 02:09:00 PM

i found this course very imformative and easy to use.

15 December 2013 02:08:52 PM

this was a very good course i learnt a lot about the field and how to detail the car and how to setup the business as this is my first time in the game

5 November 2013 01:07:30 PM

I really enjoyed the course. I found it teaching me a lot things I had not already known, I enjoyed the way the videos were very descriptive and made its point very clear. I will definitely recommend courses for success.
thanks nick

2 September 2013 11:13:02 AM

Hi liked the online course convenient easy to follow and understand

21 August 2013 02:20:42 PM

everything is nice explained, thanks

17 August 2013 09:44:52 AM

Really liked the course...

Potentially life changing!

11 August 2013 01:30:22 PM

it was very easy to follow and clear instruction was helpful.
Although I was looking forward to compare the difference before and after yet camera was zoomed out or the car was already quite clean so it was hard to tell the difference

2 August 2013 05:36:09 PM

it provides good knowledge about car detailing.The kwoledge given in this course is enough for a new detailer.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: CFS004
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Lifetime Course Access
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: Study at your own pace
Course Duration: 10 - 20 Hours
Assessments: Yes (multiple choice)
Qualification: Certificate (IAOTS Accredited)