About Equip academy

New careers are made here

At Equip Academy we are putting proper education at the forefront to help the automotive aesthetic industry. Like many markets, ours is riddled with labor force shortages and we intend to change that. Our mission is to take a bottom up approach where we relieve the burden of finding and hiring quality talent off the businesses in our world and help them by being the resource for labor and growth.

James Werner



Meet Our Instructors and Ambassadors

We strive to provide not only the best experience possible to learn in, but the best knowledge to pull from. With our ability to pull talent from all over the country, we are proud to provide high quality hands on training with some of the most experienced talent to learn these crafts from.

Jamie Werner

Jamie Werner

Founder of Equip Academy

Jamie has spent over 13 years in the PPF industry from working as a manufacturer’s rep to a national PPF trainer for several brands. He has now customized his education program to see the vision he always had to provide an industry with top notch training and support that focused on the automotive aesthetic side of things. He went all in and started his own training academy to start filling the holes in our market of labor shortage. Not only does he bring PPF training experience, he also went to school for business finance and helps business owners better managers of their business.

Kaan Aya

Kaan Aya


Kaan Aya is currently a curator of a high value private car collection that is worth over $500 million. His ability to take a car’s paint that has been neglected and turn back the time is amazing. Not only did he own his own paint correction, coatings, and PPF Shop, Kaan spends the right time working through the complexities to make sure the job is done right. He’s been able to work on some of the rarest of cars that most of us would drool to work on which gives his knowledge in our industry an unparalleled look at what good SOP looks like. Kaan is not only a brand ambassador for Equip Academy, but he is a guest trainer for us on both the PPF side and the Paint Correction/Coatings side.

“Changing the industry, 1 student at a time.”

Ceramic Coating / Paint Correction

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6 weeks, 8-12 hours/week

Next Class: TBA


Ceramic Coating / Paint Protection

Here, you will learn the basics of taking an abused and neglected paint surface and how to turn back time from the abuse it’s taken. We will go over polishing techniques, tools, and ways to overcome some of the many different speed bumps you’ll encounter. Once we touch on the process of correcting that surface, we’ll teach you how to apply ceramic coatings to the surface for maintenance protection which will make it easier for the owner to maintain all that hard work you put in to perfecting that paint.

Foundation Architectural

Learn all about flat glass installation and how to operate and expand into residential and commercial Tint. With high margins in the mix, adding flat glass to your arsenal allows you to have a more balanced portfolio as sales on certain automotive products go up and down due to the seasonality of wants and needs. When consumers get a taste of what automotive films can do for them, they can start seeing other applications in their own home or business.

Gloss to Matte Conversion

This is a unique 4-day class that covers the full complexity of taking a full car with a gloss paint finish and changing it to a matte/satin finish.  From disassembly to de-badging, extending edges, tucking under rubber gaskets, and how to modify patterns to help reduce risk and waste while saving you time.  Of course there is a little custom bulking thrown in the mix as well.  Feel confident in knowing and selling a full gloss to matter conversion job for the premium price tag it demands.

PPF Advanced

Our advance course is for any and all levels. Its never too late to learn something new or perfect your efficiencies in the process. This short term class structure is designed to be customized to the individual so that we can gather the areas they want to focus on and work through each one to the point that they feel better than when they first came.

Foundation Automotive

Come learn the art of window film installation where you can not only help preserve the temperature inside one’s vehicle with heat rejection but also create a sense of privacy when desired. From heat shrinking, shaving edges, and squeegee techniques, learn the basics to start adding this product and service to your repertoire. This 3 day course will leave you with a hunger to practice once you get back in order to be more efficient at offering this new skill to your clients.

PPF Foundation

Our 4-day foundation course is design to meet the needs of someone just coming into the craft.  PPF is a complex art form that takes plenty of practice and patience to perfect over time so that longer term it can be a well paid profession.  Students will be given a rigorous course curriculum filled with lots of hands-on work to the point that they will be able to confidently tackle a full front end on their own.  They might take a few attempts per panel, but they will know what the standard is and how to work through issues to meet the customer’s standard..