BMW STEP Program
Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Why should I choose BMW STEP?
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 STEP programs are free to all attendees as long as they commit to accepting a one-year employment agreement with an authorized BMW dealership within the United States after graduation. Students must also be able to support themselves while attending the STEP program.
Q: Do I get paid during STEP?
Students attending the Body and Paint program receive hourly compensation during training however the automotive students do not.
Q: Do I need to have a college degree?
Applicants for the BMW Automotive STEP program must complete a post-secondary (college or trade school) automotive program with a GPA of 3.0 or greater and an attendance rate of 95% or greater to be considered. 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 a post-secondary or 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: What do I need to apply?
Applicants will need their driving record, their resume and if applicable their transcript from their automotive or collision program.
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,Click Here to visit our application portals for available dates.
Q: How long is the STEP program?

  • The BMW Automotive program is 16 weeks, or 4 months long.
  • The Motorrad program is 8-10 weeks depending on new model introduction.
  • The Body and Paint level 1 program is 6 months long.
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. While in class, we assist our BMW STEP students with job placement. Students also have access to STEP Connections, an internal job board where they can interact with interested dealerships.
Q: What credentials do I receive when I graduate?

  • BMW automotive students will graduate with a Member level education and an Associate level certification.
  • 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, finding housing and financial stability are your responsibilities.
Q: Who can I contact with questions before applying?
Click here to email your questions or message us on Facebook. A BMW STEP representative will respond as soon as possible.
Q: How do I apply?
To begin the application process, please click here.