We know that finding – let alone retaining – exceptional technicians is more challenging than ever. The AEP program was created to mitigate that problem by giving you the chance to groom the next generation of Audi technicians while simultaneously strengthening your service team. Knowing that both needs and culture can differ from one dealership to the next, the AEP allows you to choose the students you want to sponsor, then equips them with skills that will make them an immediate and enduring asset to your business.
In just 18 months, you’ll have an Expert Level Audi-Certified Technician who not only understands the mechanisms for driving our vehicles, but who is also deeply committed to the brand and, most importantly, to the success of your dealership.
Onboarding new employees can be costly – especially when they don’t stick around. The AEP program helps you hire and retain certified technicians and even offers a two-year training fee suspension in return for your participation. That means you can grow your community of technicians and increase your profitability at the same time.
Dealerships who participate in the AEP program will have the full support of the brand behind them. We provide all training resources as well as Audi-specific service and maintenance skills.
Reduced repair time. Increased customer satisfaction. Customized service for your dealership specifications. These are only a few of the benefits dealers have seen from their participation in the Audi Education Partnership program.
$3000 after 90 days of successful student employment and registration into the LMS.
Once your aspiring student-technician begins their apprenticeship.
At our participating Audi of America facilities.
For the eight (8) weeks of training, and a tool-subsidy for students upon enrollment in the program, so there's no added cost to you.
Giving you a constant pipeline of top technician talent to choose from.
AEP stands for Audi Education partnership. Audi has partnered with over 30 schools around the continental U.S. and Hawaii. The partnership is meant to bring quality candidates to Audi dealerships through awareness and training. There are two stages of the AEP program, stage one is AEP school training and stage two is Audi dealer sponsorship training.
By providing training material and CRC access to the student, graduates should already have a good working knowledge of Audi vehicles and Audi dealership processes at completion of ASE accredited automotive program. The student should also have completed many Audi required course prerequisites for Instructor led training.
Dealership that would like to participate are required to fill out the AEP participation agreement and sponsorship agreement prior to participation.
This program is intended to be completed in an 18 month time frame with 8 individual weeks of training (approximately one week of training every 6 weeks) at AoA service training facilities around the US.
AoA suggests participating dealers pay sponsored person a competitive wage during 18 month program.
AoA agrees to provide training courses at our learning centers so sponsored students can complete the program in the allotted timeframe. AoA will pay for air travel and lodging for students for 8 weeks of the AEP sponsorship program while attending our training. AoA will provide graduates of program with an iPad for training and a tool stipend.
No, Audi of America has agreed to cover the cost of air travel and lodging for the 8 weeks of Audi learning center training.
Audi of America does not require dealership to retain technician or technician to remain at dealership. It is Audi of America's recommendation that dealerships set dealer/student expectations prior to entering intern into AEP sponsorship program. It is AoA’s goal that technician retention increases at participating dealerships and graduates of program remain at dealership for years to follow.
Yes, this is acceptable. This candidate must have a good basis of automotive knowledge including theory and operation of all vehicle systems before going to Audi training. These courses are fast paced and designed to teach Audi systems and operation, the basics are not going to be covered in the AEP instructor led courses. Instructors will not have time to explain basic systems theory to one student.
It will be up to the hiring dealership if an underage student may qualify for the AEP sponsorship program. In some states if the student is enrolled into an automotive program at high school, the school or state insurance will cover that student and allow them to work outside of the school. Always check with state and local requirements and regulations.
The AEP program is free of cost for the student. The dealership pays a sponsorship fee that equals approx. 2 years of normal LMC cost for tech to be on dealership training roster. This payment suspends normal dealer CRC costs for this technician for 2 years.