Elite Detailer Academy 2-Day Training Course




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The ESOTERIC Elite Detailer Academy  


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 6 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:

  • Training conducted by world-class detailers including the founder of Esoteric, Todd Cooperider.
  • Limited to just 6 students per class
  • 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)
  • We will complete a paint correction detail on day 2
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Student Wholesale Discount Program from EsotericCarCare.com
  • Recommended for both seasoned veterans, and those new to machine-polishing

FAQ Video



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

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



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 Training@EsotericDetail.com.

TUITION FEES: The cost of the 2-day course is $1,700. 

Combo Class (NEW!): For those wishing to attend both our Elite Detailer Academy, and our Coating Class, we are now offering them together at a discounted rate. Please check out our Combo Detailing Class Page

Flights: For those flying in for the class, you should arrive at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport (code: CMH). Over the years, we have hosted students from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UK!


 NOTE: We are sorry, but the training course will not be available for those residing in the greater Columbus area (Columbus, inside of 270, Powell, Westerville, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington, Blacklick, Grove City, Hilliard, Lewis Center).

What you get: We treat our students to lunch both days and dinner one night, you will qualify for discounts on other classes,  AND you will be locked into our wholesale pricing program!


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!


6 reviews


Posted by Noah on September 29, 2019

i have been doing detailing for almost 11 years and everything i know was self taught , but due to demand of my service , i have decided to open a shop. so i was looking for a training class before that and came across ESOTERIC IN OHIO, so i registered and took the 2 days class and it was mind blowing experience . the training was good, but not too crazy about that, but TODD and DJ showed me humility and love ,treated me like a brother where i felt like home. everybody over there is like family. please don’t waste time, register today and trust me the experience will be mind blowing.
NOAH DANSO CLASS OF semtember 26\27 2019

Confidence Inspiring

Posted by Brae on August 1, 2019

I took Todd’s class back in September 2014 & even though it was a long hike from New Zealand to Ohio, it was definitely worth it. It gave me the confidence to tackle higher end cars & approach every job now with a ‘can do’ attitude. What I’ve learnt to do with a DA polisher even other detailers here can’t believe I can do! The continued support from Todd & his team is invaluable. I’m hoping to attend again one day in the future!

Amazing Experience

Posted by Bradley on August 1, 2019

I took this course in June of 2016. It was an amazing experience, and I would not be where I am today without the support and training from the Esoteric team. From the second you walk in the door you are treated like family. Everything is tailored specific to the class, and they take the time to make sure you have truly mastered the understanding and process behind it. I am sure I will be back in the future, and I can not wait for that day! Thank You Todd, Dan, Zack, and Bonnie for the hospitality!


Posted by Eric M on August 1, 2019

I worked with Todd some years back and to tell you the truth their is only two companies worldwide who I believe is professionally dedicated to transfer there knowledge to other detailers or car enthusiasts, what I mean is learn from these guys if you want to be among the world’s best it’s guaranteed.
By the way the 2 companies are Darren Chang Malaysia and Todd Cooperider Ohio. I have had the pleasure of been with both. Unforgettably sessions

Thanks guys

Great Class - Don't Hesitate!

Posted by Steve McNett on February 27, 2019

I cannot over emphasize the benefits of the Elite Detailer Academy enough. Even as an experienced detailer, I was able to learn new techniques and efficiencies. Todd preaches techniques and product combinations that are tried and tested by Esoteric. The time saving benefits alone from that can easy recoup the cost of the class. The facility & employees are top notch and very welcoming. The very small class sizes are invaluable to providing one on one instruction. Any questions you have during the class and even after will be happily answered!

Elite Detail Academy

Posted by Andrew Fasnacht on October 9, 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