PDR Tech Certification

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Course information


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Vale is proud to partner with the following testing organizations.

Please reach out to them about testing dates.

In the USA:
Phone: 417-840-8525
email: hmverified@hmdentworks.com

In Canada:
Tino Cipolla
Phone: 519-777-5887


Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I find additional PDR training?

Please contact National Alliance for Paintless Dent Repair Technicians (NAPDRT) at www.napdrt.org or PDR Nation at www.pdrnation.com .

Do I need to bring lights?

Tools and lighting will not be supplied. Technician should bring the necessary tools, lighting (with power converter if needed), buffer, sanding blocks, etc. In short, the technician should prepare as if going to a storm site. AC power sources are supplied.

How many levels can I test for per test date?

You may only test for one level per test date.

What types of panels will we be tested on?

Participants will be tested on late-model domestic hoods, deck lids and doors mounted to fixed stands. Aluminum panels may be of imported manufacture.

What if I fail to pass a level?

Should any part of the testing in the Craftsman or Master Craftsman category not be completed to a satisfactory level, the candidate may apply the passed segments of that testing to one lower proficiency level rating, provided all the criteria of that second (lower) level are satisfied. Example: Candidate passes first two criteria of the Craftsman level but fails the third criteria will qualify for Journeyman status with no more testing. Failing one test segment, a candidate testing for Master Craftsman level may apply successful test segments to Craftsman level, and complete the test to satisfy Craftsman level criteria. You may drop down one time only. Should any part of the second (lower) tier of testing result in a no-pass, a certificate will not be awarded.

When are PDR Test dates scheduled?

Dates are scheduled on an as needed basis – please call 1-817-633-4800 to arrange for a test date.

What levels of testing are there?

Journeyman, Craftsman, Master Craftsman

What type of certification will be presented if successfully completed?

Successful participants will be awarded a certificate and wallet sized I. D. card reflecting the level of demonstrated proficiency. Your name and certification number will be listed on the Vale website with your permission.

When can I test for the next level?

Candidates wishing to return for testing to upgrade their status to a higher level may do so on the next available test program date at Vale Training Solutions in Arlington, Texas.

Is there a class limit?

5 per session

What tools do I need to bring?

You should prepare as if going to a storm site. AC power sources are supplied.

Will there be buffing?


Is there continuing education credits?

Continuing Education Units:  N/A

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