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 the MMI institute.

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.