with: Gene Fetty, Dent Repair Now
PDR Nation is a fairly new trade organization within the paintless dent repair industry. Currently, PDR Nation consist of over 225 technician members worldwide. In order to join prospective members must pay a quarterly or annual fee and complete a series of training courses and test (including a physical/visual test). Chairman, Gene Fetty gives us some insight into the background of the organization, along with how it aims to benefit the independent technician and industry as a whole.
When was PDR Nation formed?
PDR Nation was formed on July 1, 2012
Who came up with the idea?
The idea came to life when a collaboration between Ryan Hampton and Raymond Sapp resulted in a goal to provide alternative solutions to important industry issues. The main goals were to unite the PDR industry and create a certification for professional PDR technicians who have a vested interest in the paintless dent repair industry. An email was sent to 14 of the most well respected and influential people in the paintless dent repair industry and two industry organizations; NAPDRT(US) and NPDRA(UK). This was the beginning of PDR Nation.
What are the main goals of PDR Nation?
The main goals of PDR Nation are just like our slogan says, to unite, educate and certify. We want to unite independent technicians in order to give them a voice that rivals or surpasses the largest companies out there. Through education in proper repair, estimating and business procedures, we feel that we can help mold the industry into the most solid profession that it can be. Through certification, standardization and accountability, the best technicians will rise to the top.
What certifications/classes are offered?
Our current certification requires the following classes and tests. Our first class is dedicated to proper ethics in repair and basic business practices. The second class covers proper coatings care and restoring all corrosion protection to the panels that have had PDR repairs, including the clear coat portion of paint, as it pertains to the paintless dent repair process. All classes are followed by online comprehension testing. In addition, to be certified a technician can go two routes. First, if they have completed an in-person physical paintless dent repair skills test with Vale Training Solutions in the United States, or BVAT in Europe, they’re physical testing requirements for PDR Nation are fulfilled. If the technician does not have either of these certifications, the second route is to provide four(4) industry references, (other PDR technicians, body shops, or new car dealers) that can vouch for their ability as a PDR technician. If the second path is taken, techs are also required to take the PDR Nation paintless dent repair skills test, which is based on a high definition video of the applicant successfully completing a repair and passing a review of our judging board. Judging the repair consists of watching the repair process as it’s reflection is viewed through a special reflection board that shows the repair in microscopic detail.