BMW STEP Program
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I choose BMW STEP over other training programs?
BMW is one of the world’s most recognized luxury brands, and our vehicles are consistently acknowledged for their leading-edge technology. BMW STEP is the most comprehensive BMW technician development program in North America, and our training provides students with outstanding workshop-based, hands-on training.

Q: How much does the program cost?
The programs are free to all attendees as long as the student commits to accepting a one-year employment agreement with a BMW Dealer after graduation; however students must be able to support themselves throughout the STEP program.

Students of the Body and Paint program receive hourly compensation through training.

Q: Do I need to have a college degree?
Applicants must have completed a post-secondary (college or trade school) automotive program to be considered for the BMW Automotive and MINI STEP programs. Motorrad students must have graduated from a post-secondary (college or trade school) motorcycle program.

For acceptance into the Level 1 BMW Body and Paint STEP program, applicants must be a graduate from an automotive technical college, high school automotive collision repair program, or currently be employed as an entry-level body and paint technician at a BMW collision repair center.

Q: Is there an interview process?
Yes. Once we have received and reviewed your documents, we will schedule an interview if we believe you are a good match for the program.

Q: When does the program start?
Program start dates vary by location, so please contact us for further information.

Q: How long is the STEP program?

  • The BMW/MINI Automotive programs are 16 weeks.
  • The Motorrad program is 8-10 weeks depending on new model introduction.
  • The Body and Paint level 1 program is 8 months.

Q: What is the job outlook for automotive technicians?
BMW STEP graduates are in high demand across the country, armed with an exclusive skill-set to work on vehicles considered to be among the most advanced in the industry. We assist our BMW STEP students with job placement following program completion.

Q: What credentials do I receive when I graduate?

  • BMW automotive students will graduate with a Member level education and an Associate level certification.
  • MINI students graduate at a level 1.
  • Motorrad students graduate at a level 2+.

Q: If I need to relocate to attend STEP, how do I get housing?
If you need to relocate to attend class, housing and financial stability are your responsibilities.

Q: Who can I contact with questions before applying?
Click here to email your questions. A BMW STEP representative will respond as soon as possible.

Q: What do I need to apply?
To access the application checklist, please click here.

Q: How do I apply?
To begin the application process, please click here.