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So You Think You Want to Become a 3M Wrap Installer?
If you love vehicles—or better yet—enjoy turning a car into something custom and unique, becoming a 3M wraps installer should be on your list of top careers. Many auto wrap companies offer apprenticeship programs but almost every company seek employees who have obtained vehicle wrap training and complete required certification testing. So, read on if you want to be a pro at installing vehicle wraps
What It Takes
Do you have what it takes to become a car wraps installer? Top characteristics include:
- Expert attention to detail
- Pride in workmanship
- Great communication skills
- Excellent customer service skills
- The ability to work with others or on your own
- Project collaboration skills
- Problem-solving skills
Along with the desire and skills above, below are three vehicle wraps training companies to consider.
Avery Dennison offers a car wrap training program digitally and at many locations throughout the U.S. and offer a certification program.
Attendees of the program learn all aspects of wrap installation including:
- Tools used for installation and cleaning techniques
- Vinyl film properties
- UGI system overview
- How to cut edges and corners
- Dealing with recessed areas
- Alignment and layout skills
- Dealing with mirrors and door handles
- All about window perforation
- What to do with bumpers and antennas
- Problem-solving skills for seamless wrap installations
Participants also obtain valuable materials, so be sure to check the course schedule to find the right class for you.
Lowen Certified Training
The Lowen Training and Certification Center is located in Hutchinson Kansas in a 19,000 square foot facility. What’s great about Lowen is its unique training stations equipped with the surfaces you’ll wrap once certified.
Lowen offers their own certification test and since 2011, they are also able to offer the 3M Preferred Graphics Installer exam and certification.
During their course, you will be guided through the various graphic film applications. You will be taught the details of every station test required to get your Lowen Certified/3M Preferred Graphics Installer’s designation.
Lowen Certified offers small classes, which means more one-on-one training with their 3M Preferred Graphics Installation instructors and more hands-on experience.
Check Lowen’s website for a training schedule.
3M Wrap Installation Training
3M, a popular manufacturer of vinyl wrap films for the vehicle graphics industry and also offers training at their 3M Center in St. Paul MN, Lowen Certified in Hutchinson, KS; Geek Wraps in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; J3 Industries, Addison, TX; and Wrapix Academy in Burbank, CA.
Their Wrap Installation Training program includes basic training, but also offers advanced training for more experienced installers. Completion of training and certification exams may qualify participants to become preferred or even endorsed 3M Installers.
There is even a mobile training centre that travels the country and offers services to businesses looking to train at their location.
More businesses and fleets are opting for vehicle wraps advertising to build a brand and turn vehicles into 24/7 moving billboards. And, being 3M or Avery Dennison Certified is something vehicle wrap companies look for in a resume.
All Sunrise Signs installers are certified and experienced installers, so if becoming a certified installer is not for you, but you still want to offer vehicle wraps to your clients – you can count on our expertise.