Four steps to becoming PVD Approved

The Professional Valeters & Detailers Trade Association prides itself on presenting customers with safe, reliable, and technically proficient car care professionals - whether they are searching for a mobile valeter or unit-based detailer. It is paramount that we ensure all our members meet and maintain high standards in these areas, so when a client sees that a valeter or detailer is PVD Approved, they know they can rely on them to look after their vehicle.

With this in mind, we have developed a four-step approval process for those wishing to join the Association, outlined here.

PVD Approved Wings 2020

There are various criteria that candidates need to meet prior to moving forward to the Accreditation stage. We ask that candidates ensure they meet these minimum standards, and can provide evidence that they have done so prior to completing the application form, these include:

  • At least one full year trading as a primary occupation
  • Appropriate insurance - full requirements HERE
  • At least 25 positive, independent, & verifiable reviews
  • Evidence of formal training, shadowing, or apprenticeship
  • Evidence of consistently professional online conduct
  • Have a thorough working knowledge and understanding of car care principles and methodology
  • Have a sustainable service and pricing structure
  • Have read our Code of Conduct and agree to comply with it

The Accreditation process is carried out remotely and requires the completion of the application form. We will likely call or email candidates for further specific information as required. Areas that we look at include:

  • Insurance certificate and schedule verification
  • Evidence of stated trading time
  • Evidence of stated training
  • Evidence of independent reviews
  • Evidence of appropriate service terminology
  • Evidence of appropriate pricing structure
  • Evidence of professional online conduct
  • Evidence of good working practices

We hold Assessment days throughout the country at various locations - the current calendar of events can be found below. The written assessment lasts 60 minutes and examines both knowledge and understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of professional car care. The practical assessment focuses on technical proficiency and safe working practice and is split into two 90 minute sessions. The cost of assessment is covered in the joining fee of £175 that is payable in advance. In the event of failing the assessment, candidates will be given key areas to improve on and offered a free re-test to be taken at least 3 months after the initial test. In the event a candidate fails the re-test, the £75 joining fee will be refunded, and the candidate will be able to re-apply a minimum of 12 months after the re-test. The assessment takes one day and it focuses on the following areas:

  • Awareness of safe working practice
  • Demonstration of technical proficiency
  • Understanding of chemical safety principles
  • Professionalism and commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of legal obligations
  • Customer care

On completion of the Assessment stage we will advise candidates as to whether or not they have been passed. Those that have passed will be granted PVD Approved status, and will gain all the benefits of membership including:

  • Certificate of Approval
  • Welcome pack including T-Shirt, Vinyl, etc.
  • Listing on the PVD Directory
  • Listing in the PRO Detailer Magazine
  • Access to PVD Private Group
  • Access to PVD Product & Equipment Discounts
  • Access to PVD Member-only products
  • Access to PVD Gateway Programs
  • Access to PVD Approved Training Courses
  • Access to PVD Certification Programs
  • Access to PVD Business Assistance
  • Access to Technical Advice Helpline

Assessment Venues & Dates



Purlieus Barn, Ewen, Gloucestershire, GL7 6BY

Envy Car Care Logo


Regents Trade Park, Barwell Lane, Gosport, PO13 0EQ



Ivy Farm, Honing Road, North Walsham, NR28 9PN

Petrolhead Detailing Logo


10 Saracen Way, Peterborough PE1 5WS



New Look Detailing Logo


Unit 11 Marina Ct, Maple Dr, Hinckley LE10 3BF

Privilege Detail Logo


71 Brunswick Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5PD


Clean and Shiny


Redan Hill Ind. Est., Aldershot, GU12 4SJ 



Correction and Detail Logo


Unit 1 Station Rd, Holmes Chapel, Crewe CW4 8AA



Premier Car Care Logo


Unit 2, Seaview Workshops, Horden, Peterlee, SR8 4TE

AMDetails Logo


5 Chanonry Spur, Elgin, Moray, IV30 6ND



Clean Detail logo