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Car Detailing Fundamentals

Accredited Online Course | Recognised Certificate Included | Unlimited 24/7 Access

International Open Academy


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£35 inc VAT (was £99)
Offer ends 22 June 2021
Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
30 hours
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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Keep your car looking brand new without spending a ton of money.

Join Jon Delieu, who chronicles his car detailing journey on the YouTube channel Forensic Detailing, as he teaches you how to properly care for your car, inside and out.

Whether you are a car enthusiast, professional driver or just want to give your ride some TLC, our car detailing course will teach you how to handle your car like a professional.


  • 60-Day access - Study at your own pace
  • Internationally-recognised CPD accredited course
  • Start learning straightaway from any laptop or mobile device in any country
  • Immediate certificate download when you complete the course

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What you will learn

Explore how to detail a car by learning:

  • What you need to build your own car detailing kit, including picking the right tools, machines and chemicals for your car

  • How to clean car seats, leather upholstery, glass and every other interior surface

  • Tips and tricks to properly detail the exterior of your car, including the engine bay, alloy wheels and tires

  • How to protect your car from rust and weather damage

  • Proper decontamination and machine polishing techniques

Will I get a certificate?

Yes. Upon successful course completion, you will qualify for a Car Detailing PDF certificate from International Open Academy as proof of your new skills.
Certification in PDF format is already included in the course price.
You can also get the hardcopy ICOES certificate for a small fee to cover printing and posting.

Car Detailing Course Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction

1.1. Meet Jon Delieu: Detailer, automotive vlogger, product tester, and YouTuber

1.2. Course overview

1.3. What is detailing and why is it important?

1.4. More than metal: The various surfaces used in cars

1.5. Understanding the chemicals used in car detailing

1.6. What tools do you need to detail cars?

Module 2: Properly Detailing Car Exteriors

2.1. A complete introduction to the car washing process

2.2. What is the difference between a prep wash and a maintenance wash?

2.3. How to properly prep wash a car

2.4. How to properly safe wash a car

2.5. The importance of safely drying a car

2.6. How to detail an engine bay

2.7. Cleaning alloy wheels and tires

Module 3: The Complete Guide to Decontamination

3.1. What is decontamination?

3.2. Inspecting for contamination buildup

3.3. What tools do you need to remove decontamination?

3.4. A practical demonstration of decontamination

Module 4: Perfect Machine Polishing

4.1. Why do you need to machine polish cars?

4.2. What tools do you need to properly machine polish a car?

4.3. A practical demonstration of machine polishing

Module 5: Properly Detailing Car Interiors

5.1. Should you detail the interior before or after washing?

5.2. Vacuum like a pro: Interior dust extraction

5.3. How to clean every interior surface of your car

5.4. The fundamentals of automotive leather care

5.5. How to clean upholstery

5.6. How to clean automotive glass

Module 6: Last Stage Protection

6.1. Why do you need last stage protection?

6.2. Wax, Sealant and Ceramic: What is the difference?

6.3. How to dress a tire

6.4. An overview of other detailing services

6.5. Thank you and goodbye

Who is this course for?

  • All car owners who want to take good care of their investments

  • Professional drivers who want to keep their rides spic, span and gleaming

  • Car sales professionals who want to impress customers with the quality of their cars

  • Anyone interested in starting their own auto detailing business


International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Career path

Take your first step towards working in the automotive or driving industries

No matter what your profession, impress your clients and customers with the care and detail you put into your car

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

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An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.