The Professional Valeters and Detailers trade association has, since 2012, promoted the values of its members as a professional body for the car care industry. Its moniker: “Skilled, Proven and Insured”, was bolstered in 2019 when it launched formal in-person assessments, marking a departure from the remote business assessment it had to rely on previously. We developed an extensive assessment system in partnership with the trade association to focus on the qualities that distinguish a car care professional from the crowd in a largely unregulated industry. We were the first PVD Assessment Centre, and have since helped eight other centres launch around the UK where members can take the practical component of their assessment.
The theory component is now taken remotely via ClassMarker professional software, while being invigilated via video link. It comprises 100 questions picked randomly from a question bank, so every exam is different. All questions are multiple choice, they are not designed to challenge literacy skills, they are to ensure members have a broad and accurate knowledge. The topics covered are chemical knowledge, technical methodology, health and safety, customer care, and business administration. The exam is one hour and the pass mark is 80%.
The practical assessment is between 90 and 120 minutes and is a one-to-one session with a PVD Approved Assessor, of which we have two at UKDA.
UKDA offers a two-day course for those who might benefit from a refresher, with the assessment held during the afternoon of the second day. For those wishing to put their staff through the assessment, we offer 20% off for the second trainee and 40% off for the third trainee. We spend the first morning establishing where your current strengths and weaknesses lie, with a view to spending extra time on the latter to bring you up to the standard expected. For the assessment itself, you will have an assessor who is different from the person who provided the training session.
The assessment is purchased directly from PVD here and then you will be contacted by PVD to book the Theory, at which point you can choose whether you wish to take it with us or remotely with PVD, you can also let them know that you will be booking your Practical at UKDA.
Please note that if you are a new member you will need to pass the PVD Accreditation prior to purchasing the assessment and booking with UKDA, more information is available from the Professional Valeters & Detailers Website. Prerequisites include a minimum of one year trading full-time, longer if operating part-time or offering advanced services. You will also need at least twenty-five independent reviews and a clear service structure with appropriate pricing. Those operating mobile are required to have PLI and Accidental Damage to Goods Worked on insurance, while those operating from commercial units will also require full custody cover or a trade road risk policy. For those working in marine or aviation environments, or offering additional services such as PPF, will require further cover as appropriate.
Regardless of pass or fail, all candidates will get a feedback session based on their theory and practical performance at the end of the second day. We will be sent all assessment documentation in advance by PVD, and we will return your completed marking forms for ratification after your assessment. PVD will then get in touch with you directly.