Paper exams are emailed to the applicant and then mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed back to the office. The time between receiving exams and grading them can take 5 business days as all grading and exam entry must be done manually by hand.
However, Prentice St. Clair, a developer of the original exams, wrote a series of articles for Carwash Magazine that cover what information a detailer should know before attempting to take the exams. We recommend you read that information by visiting http://www.carwashmag.com and searching for IDA Certification Study Guide. Despite the name these are not direct study guides but should give the applicant a better idea of what basic knowledge is expected before taking the exams.
The applicant must have already completed Phase I Certification, having passed the ten written exams, to fulfill the classification of Certified Detailer. Phase II Skills Validation testing demonstrates hands on skills and in-person testing by an IDA Recognized Trainer (CD-SV, RT) in areas covered in the written exams: Wash Bay/Prep, Interior, Exterior Correction, and Finishing Steps. Each portion of the test will be a one on one teacher to student session.
Also, your re-certification date will reset from the date you earned your Phase II certification. Maintaining your certification will still require 8 hours of detailing related education (seminars, webinars, tradeshow educational events, etc.) every two years.
Finally, after earning the IDA Certified Detailer - Skills Validated certification you may also apply to become a Recognized Trainer and begin offering IDA Certification yourself!