Your dealership will pair you with an experienced mentor technician after graduating from a certificate program and completing your AEP requirements online. The next step to becoming an Expert Level Audi-Certified Technician is applying for an apprenticeship with a local Audi dealership. Once hired, you'll start getting hands-on experience in the service bay, and participate in eight (8) weeks of Audi-specific in-class instruction over 18 months at one of our state-of-the-art facilities.
Audi will cover your travel and lodging expenses, and you’ll be paid a minimum of $15 per hour for the time you spend training in the service bay.
Your dealership will pair you will an experienced mentor technician who will show you the ropes of working in the service bay during your apprenticeship.
After completing the AEP program, you’ll be an Expert Level Audi-Certified Technician and enjoy all the benefits that come with it. You can then continue your training to achieve higher certification, look for growth opportunities within your dealership, and more. Simply put, your future is in your hands.
Train and work in our state-of-the-art facilities with certified instructors and veteran technicians who will
show you what it takes to maintain the Audi standard of excellence.
The AEP packs years of education into just eight weeks. Here's a preview of what you'll learn.
Fast track certification
Fast track certification
Learn about basic engine principles and chassis systems.
Apply the basics learned in week three to understanding engine repair.
Tackle the electrical elements of Audi vehicles and climate control with HVAC principles.
Learn valuable networking skills that will help you further your career.
Master the art of the engine during engine management week.
Study vehicle alignment, driver assist technology and high-voltage technician training.
Watch the video to meet current AEP students and alumni. Learn about why they chose Audi, and how the AEP program has prepared them for a lucrative career as an automotive technician.
Audi technicians from around the world put their heart and soul into their work each and every day. This annual event brings together the best Audi technicians from around the country for an action-packed weekend of competitive challenges and special events. It’s an experience that's impossible to put into words, and it's just one more reason to join our incredible team. Check out the video to get a feel for the experience.
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 technician 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.
Participating AEP schools are required to teach an ASE accredited automotive program. Schools may teach material that Audi has shared with the facility during their normal automotive program. Audi is not placing other curriculum requirements on the school. It is encouraged that the school assist students with signing into the Audi Certification Resource Center (CRC), and encourage students to complete Audi CRC online training modules during their time in the automotive program. This way you are better prepared to go directly into Audi of America (AoA) training once hired at an Audi dealership.
Much of the material is generalized automotive component theory and operation. Audi specific component theory and operation material, along with dealership process instruction, are also included and is meant to increase awareness of the brand and prepare you for Audi dealership employment and certification training. Students looking to work at an Audi dealer as an AEP sponsored employee after graduation should be completing the required modules before graduation.
High school ASE accredited programs will be accepted as qualified programs by Audi. GPA and attendance requirements still apply. It will be up to the hiring dealership if an underage student may qualify for the AEP sponsorship program.
Once hired by an Audi dealer, the dealership can then sponsor you to continue your education through the second step of AEP which is completing Audi certification specific training.
For a person to qualify for the AEP sponsorship program, they must have completed an ASE certified automotive program with a 3.0 GPA and 95% attendance rate. They must have a valid driver’s license with no DUI’s or reckless driving and no more than two moving violations in the past 3 years.
Your next step is to submit your application. This will go to Audi for review and forwarding to local dealership/s. It will be up to the dealership to determine if you fit their team and contact you for an interview.
The AEP program is free of cost for the student.
No, the student is required however to have completed an automotive program that has at least ASE accreditation.
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 agrees to provide training courses at our learning centers so sponsored employees can complete the program in allotted timeframe. AoA will provide graduates of program with an iPad for training use and a tool stipend.
No, Audi of America has agreed to cover the cost of air travel and lodging for Audi learning center training.
The Audi dealership network is comprised of completely independent businesses and AoA does not participate in the hiring or release of employees. It is up to you to remain employable in order to have the dealership desire to retain you.
Audi of America does not require dealership to retain the technician or technician to remain at dealership. It is Audi of America’s recommendation for participating dealership to set any agreements prior to entering intern into AEP sponsorship program. It is AoA’s goal that technician retention increases at participating dealerships and graduates of our program remain at dealership for years to follow.
AoA will suggest participating dealers pay sponsored person a competitive wage during 18 month program.
Yes, after completing the 8 weeks of Audi Instructor Led Training, the sponsored graduate will be an Audi Expert Level certified technician.
The Audi dealership network is comprised entirely of independent business owners. Continued dealer participation in the program will be based upon keeping annual technician retention above 80%. Audi of America (AoA) is not able to dictate how dealers treat their employees, however, AoA will provide participating dealerships with an Audi Recruitment and Retention Playbook that they will be advised to follow to be a part of this program. In this playbook are recommended business practices including recommended benefit offerings, pay options, and treatment of technicians that are proven to increase retention.