ESOTERIC Elite Detailer Academy

Elite Detailer Academy 2-Day Training Course

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January 24-25, 2019 Training
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The Esoteric Elite Detailer Academy by Todd Cooperider


Over the years of writing detailing articles and educational material, I received countless requests for auto detailing training from professional detailers that were interested in stepping up their paint correction skills. Given that demand, I established the Esoteric Elite Detailer Academy where detailers from around the world can attend and learn not only the most modern and responsible paint correction techniques, but they will also be trained on on a wide variety of products and tools that they might not have had had exposure to otherwise. 

This intensive 2-day course will be held regularly at the beautiful ESOTERIC - Fine Auto Finishing headquarters in New Albany (Columbus), Ohio.

Pay over time! Select "PayPal Credit" when checking out to pay for this class over 6 months.

The Elite Detailer course is recommended for both seasoned veterans, and those new to machine-polishing. The class is limited to just 4 students, and is taught by a Master Detailer who still actively perfects cars using modern tools, products, and techniques. 

While predominantly attended by new detailers, or those ready to start a detailing business, we also have plenty of students who have been detailing for many years, but wish to improve their skillsets. Additionally, we have trained a considerable number of people who are simply extreme automotive enthusiasts who wish to learn how to polish their own prized possessions. 

The small-class setting allows us to closely monitor and personally educate each individual student, and when complete, you will have the machine-polishing skills to bring a car’s finish to the next level and beyond.  

Your complete guide to mastering paint polishing:

  • ½ day of comprehensive classroom time discussing a variety of Detailing Subjects, Product Recommendations, and Pad / Polish combinations.
  • 1 ½ days of hands-on machine-polishing
  • Curated product recommendations for all areas of detailing
  • Hands-on training and familiarity with a variety of Rupes D/A polishing machines
  • Process-development for effective and efficient paint correction
  • How to safely polish complex curves, contours, and edges
  • Introduction to compounding (heavy defect removal)
  • Glass / Ceramic / Quartz coating application and removal.
  • We will complete a paint correction and coating detail on day 2
  • Training to be conducted personally by Todd Cooperider, Founder of ESOTERIC
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Student Wholesale Discount Program from
  • Recommended for both seasoned veterans, and those new to machine-polishing
  • Limited to 4 students per class


Signing up for this class was one of the best decisions I ever made when it comes to getting my business going. Thank you for everything!

-Mike from Chicago

Elite Detailer Academy Classroom:


Students will also receive product training and wholesale accounts on all detailing products and tools sold by!



Thank you again Todd! It was an amazing learning experience and I would highly recommend it to any detailer new or seasoned to attend this class.

- Dustin from Maryland



Questions: To inquire about upcoming classes, please call us at 614-855-6855, or email at

TUITION FEES: The cost of the 2-day course is $1,500. 

Flights: For those flying in for the class, you should arrive at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport (code: CMH).


 NOTE: We are sorry, but the training course will not be available for those residing in Ohio.

Students learn how to critically inspect paint before, during, and after polishing to ensure absolute and pure correction…


…use digital scales to understand proper pressures required for the best polishing performance


…learn proper techniques for hand position, tilt, pressure and arm speed


…get to spend plenty of time with hands-on practical application of compounding and finish polishing stages


…learn about a variety of tools and machines


…and much, much more!

The Elite Detailer Academy was the very FIRST training center in the world to be designated as a RUPES Authorized Training Center!

Upon completion of the class and presentation of their diplomas, students are now considered Elite Detailers!


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  • 5
    Elite Detail Academy

    Posted by Andrew Fasnacht on 9th Oct 2018

    What can I say about Esoteric Elite Detailer Academy? WOW! If you want to learn true auto detailing, how to take defects out of paint correctly, how to tackle curves, edges, hotspots,and more, from compounding stage to polishing to a mirror finish--this trainging course is for you. Do not hesitate. Todd is a true master detailer. He's willing to train with his knowledge and techniques, which are second to none. A small class of four made me feel extremely relaxed to ask every question I had. This also gave Todd a great deal of time to spend with each of us, perfecting our techniques. I can't say enough about the training I received. I walked in intimidated and came out feeling very confident. Trust me , learn from the best and you'll become the best. Thanks again, Todd. I've never been happier! Andrew Fasnacht Andrew's Elite Detailing Shippensburg Pa