PDAA Master Certification Test (Houston, TX)

November 19 to 20, 2019
18218 Auburn Dr., Tomball, TX, USA

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$800 members, $1,000 non-members

Who Should Attend

Graphic Installers


Ray Weiss
  • Main: 703-359-1305


Registration Deadline

Nov 18, 2019, 18:00 PM

Workshop and testing begins at 8:30 am each day.

Register to gain PDAA Master Certified Installer status for your company. Through PDAA certification, your company holds verified proof that it has the proficiency to do any installation job with confidence. This certification event will be using 3M vinyl for the vehicle wrap and rivet wall test. Your company must be a corporate member of SGIA and have a Master Certified Installer on staff to be listed on the Find an Installer site.

Master Certification Testing will be on Nov. 20.

Nov. 19 will be two workshops (included in the fee). These workshops will run all day on the 19th and you can stay in one all day, or move between the two. The first workshop will be conducted by Nate VanderVliet from Exotic Vehicle Wraps and will be tips and tricks for successful color change installation. Nate has extensive experience in color change and paint protection and will share that experience with you in this workshop. This workshop will be demonstration and hands-on.

The second workshop will be conducted by Ken Burns from Axis Installations and Ritchie Daize, and will cover techniques for successfully passing the certification test using 3M vinyl. Brush up on any of the tests, practice with Ken and Ritchie, or just learn some new techniques.

For those that are interested in extending the workshop and practice time on Day 1 -- we'll bring in pizza and refreshments!

For full information on the test and its requirements, please visit PDAA's Certification page.

You must pay ($50) for and take the online assessment (passing with 80%) or you will not be eligible to attend this certification. You must have completed this requirement prior to the certification date. If not, your registration will be cancelled and your monies may, or may not, be refunded (see the cancellation policies regarding refunds).

This certification test is administered by Ritchie Daize and Ken Burns with Axis Installations.
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Ritchie DaizeRitchie got his start 25 years ago working at a small sign shop weeding cut vinyl and building signs. When the shop got a contract for a large fleet, Ritchie became the lead applicator for the project. Soon after, he opened his own graphics installation company called RD Installations. Ritchie became a leading expert in wrap application and fleet graphics. In 2008, Ritchie sold RD Installations and began working for Arlon. Ritchie has traveled the world learning the best sign and graphics application techniques. At Arlon, he helps to build the WrapItRight.com platform and training programs. He is currently a Business Development Manager for Fleet & OEM. Ritchie lives in Canada with his two children.

Ken BurnsKen Burns is the President/CEO of Axis Graphic Installations Inc. He is a native of Boston, MA and studied Business Management in the mid 90’s. He has consulted, developed and managed multiple Fortune 500 companies. In 2006, he approached his friend (who was a 10-year veteran graphic installer at the time) and asked him to teach him the art of installing vehicle wraps. Ken saw the value in this niche industry and had the idea of bringing his knowledge of large corporate structure to a newer industry that was mostly comprised of independent subcontractors. He started his first Axis team in South Florida in 2009 and has since developed teams in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Beyond vehicle wraps, Ken and his teams have become proficient in all types of sign and graphic installations.

Nate VanderVlietNate VanderVliet is Founder and President of Exotic Vehicle Wraps, Inc. from Sterling, Virginia. Exotic Vehicle Wraps (EVW) is a restyling protection company and industry leader founded in 2010. Nate oversees business operations, development, and growth strategies. His career passion and goal is to create the industry’s top tier restyling company and reinvest his knowledge into his wrap community. EVW proudly employs 11 members and growing. Nate is an expert installer in color change vehicle wraps and Paint protection film. He carries certifications with PDAA, Avery, 3m, KPMF, Arlon, Paint is Dead, Suntek, Xpel, Bray, Ceramic Pro, Belbien and many more. Nate enjoys adventuring with hobbies including, motocross & enduro racing, rock climbing, snowboarding & skiing.

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Day 1

8:30 am - day begins with snacks and coffee

8:45 am - Introductions

9:00 am - Brief information on material being used for testing and color change material

9:00 am - Testing stations open for practice or testing. Color change demonstration will also be available at this time.

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Testing stations and color change demonstration open

5:00 pm - Day 1 ends (we may stay later depending on class request)

Day 2

8:30 am - day begins with snacks and coffee

8:45 am - Testing stations and color change demonstration open

12:00 pm - Lunch

5:00 pm - Day 2 ends

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George Bush Intercontinental airport is approximately 30 minutes away, and Houston Hobby is approximately 60 minutes away.
Hotels nearby:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Houston, NW Tomball Area -- free breakfast.

Staybridge Suites, Tomball - Spring Area -- free breakfast.