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Providing customers with a high-quality installation of 3M film products is one of the most important aspects in determining your company’s success. For that reason, Interwest offers a thorough set of installation training courses, ones that we have developed and evolved over 35 years in the industry. Our expert trainers will guide the students through an education process that is both intellectual and hands-on. Our comprehensive install training curriculum covers topics ranging from the inner workings of 3M software to the latest, most innovative installation techniques for the complete portfolio of 3M film products.

3M Automotive Window Film – Basic

Interwest offers a three (3) day comprehensive Automotive Window Film training class that is broken down into 20% classroom activity and 80% hands on installation training.  Hands-on installation training includes prepping, solutions, mixture ratios, trimming and hand cutting.  The training as includes pre-cut kits, heat forming and final inspection.  During the classroom activity, the instructor will educate students on film construction, film selection, plotters and cutting software and how to effectively utilize the marketing materials.

Educational training information and marketing material will be provided to each student.  A wide selection of additional tools will be available for purchase during the training class.  Students will leave with the basic installation fundamentals and a good foundation for them to build upon.  After demonstrating installation proficiency and passing a written test, the successful trainee graduates with factory certification. Training fee includes practice film, practice installation tools and lunches during the training period.

Training Fee: $3,000/person with $1,000 deposit is required to secure a spot, with a $2,000 material stocking credit applied to your account to purchase film and tools after training
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3M Paint Protection Film – Basic

Interwest offers a three (3) day comprehensive Paint Protection Film training class that is broken down into 20% classroom activity and 80% hands-on installation training.  Hands on installation training includes prepping, solutions, and mixture ratios.  The training also includes pre-cut kits, bulk installation techniques, complex curves, film repositioning, door edge guard, trimming and cutting, as well as final inspection.  During the classroom activity, the instructor will educate students on film construction, film selection, the 3M Pattern and Solutions Center Software program (for precutting vehicle patterns) and how to effectively utilize the marketing materials.  

Graphtec Plotter set-up and operation will also be covered, and a wide selection of additional tools will be available for purchase during the training class. Students will leave with the basic installation fundamentals and a good foundation for them to build upon. After demonstrating installation proficiency and passing a written test, the successful trainee graduates with factory certification. Training fee includes practice film, practice installation tools and lunches during the training period.

Training Fee: $3,000/person with $1,000 deposit is required to secure a spot, with a $2,000 material stocking credit applied to your account to purchase film and tools after training
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3M Paint Protection Film – Advanced (Basic training completion or acceptable experience is required)

Interwest offers a one (1) day hands-on installation training course for installers who have already completed basic training and who have significant experience installing professionally. An individual focus with each student is discussed before attending the class to better understand what techniques or areas that might be a current struggle to concentrate on.  Some of the most common topics include installation efficiency, speed, full front and full vehicle coverage, custom bulk installation and minimizing installation defects and contamination. Training fee includes practice film, practice installation tools and lunches during the training period.

Training Fee: $695.00/person (Must be a current 3M PPF Installer)
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3M Sun Control Window Film

Interwest offers either a one (1) day or two (2) day hands-on installation training course designed to expose the trainee to the basics of sun control window film installation on residential and commercial windows. Students will leave with the basic installation fundamentals and a good foundation for them to build upon.  Training fee includes practice film, practice installation tools and lunches during the training period.  (Note: This is not factory certification training.)

Training Fee:      $595.00/person for 1 day
$995/person for 2 day
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3M Safety & Security Window Film

Interwest offers either a one (1) day or two (2) day hands-on installation training course designed to expose the trainee to the basics of security window film installation on residential and commercial windows. You will also learn how to install window film attachment systems. Students will leave with the basic installation fundamentals and a good foundation for them to build upon.  Training fee includes practice film, practice installation tools and lunches during the training period.  (Note: This is not factory certification training.)

Training Fee: $595.00/person for 1 day
$995/person for 2 day
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3M Fasara Glass Finishes Decorative Film

Interwest offers either a one (1) day or two (2) day hands-on installation training course designed to expose the trainee to the basics of decorative window film installation on residential and commercial windows. Students will leave with the basic installation fundamentals and a good foundation for them to build upon.  Training fee includes practice film, practice installation tools and lunches during the training period.  (Note: This is not factory certification training.)

Training Fee: $595.00/person for 1 day
$995/person for 2 day
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3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes

Interwest offers either a one (1) day or two (2) day hands-on installation training course designed to expose the trainee to the handling, cutting, and installation of DI-NOC Architectural Finishes. You will learn how to prepare substrates for installation and wrap doors, walls (with inside and outside corners), columns, and other common surfaces. Students will leave with the basic installation fundamentals and a good foundation for them to build upon.  Training fee includes practice film, practice installation tools and lunches during the training period.  (Note: This is not factory certification training.)

Training Fee: $595.00/person for 1 day
$995/person for 2 day
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Meet Our Trainers

Dusty has been in the Window Film/Paint Protection Film Industry since 1990. He has managed retail tint shops, commercial/residential projects, franchise opportunities and dealership accounts. He is a master of the industry and continues to learn and teach new innovative techniques. He has been instrumental in several industry firsts throughout his career. Including creating high volume template production, preparation, installation, and training processes for some of the largest OEM’s in the Automotive and Motor Coach industries.

David has been in the Window Film Industry for nearly 44 years. He started as an apprentice in 1980, and began installing both Automotive and Commercial/Residential Window Films. He managed that shop for 20 years and opened his own shop in 2000. He was hired by DigiCut in 2014 as an Automotive Widow Film Trainer where He also learned Paint Protection Film Installation and Plotter and Software usage. Now working for the Interwest Team, David continues to refine his skills in both AWF and PPF Installation. He is continually learning new prep and installation techniques and believes that you should never stop learning. “This Industry is constantly changing and we need to be able to change with it.

Mikel has been in the Window Film Industry since 1986. He apprenticed at SunScreen International in Fort Worth, Texas for six months where he learned to hand cut and install Automotive Window Film. Mikel also learned Paint Protection Film in 2002 at DigiCut Systems in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has managed retail tint shops, commercial/residential projects, franchise opportunities and dealership accounts. He is an old school master of the industry and continues to learn and teach new innovative techniques. Including plotter and software template production, preparation and installation.

Cesar has been in the Auto Restyling Film Industry since 2009. He has owned and managed retail tint shops, commercial/residential projects, franchise opportunities and dealership accounts. He is a master of the industry; while continuing to learn and teach new, innovative techniques.  Cesar joined Interwest in 2023 in Sales & Distribution sector of the company, and recently transitioned to the Training of films. His primary focus is in the Sun Control, Safety and Decorative Window Film, Color Change Wrap and Paint Protection Film products.

Dennis is located in our Los Angeles office and has spent nearly 37 years in the window film industry. He operated many years as a shop owner, learning installation techniques and best business practices. Dennis joined Interwest in 2008 and moved to the sales & distribution side, he is primarily focused on sun control, safety and decorative window film training. As the West Coast Commercial Manager, he assists with some of the industry’s largest window film projects, securing large energy incentives/rebates, including working with architects, property managers, ESCO’s and conversing with utility agencies.

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