BMW Group

GREAT SERVICE STARTS HERE

When it comes to the Ultimate Driving Machine, our customers’ vehicles receive service and maintenance from professional technicians who know it best. Our customers entrust BMW with providing technicians that are trained with the knowledge required to properly handle their vehicle. The tests below offer you the chance to show your commitment to quality. The commitment that you make towards your profession ensures that our clients will be able to enjoy their Ultimate Driving Machine for years to come.

WHO MAKES A SUCCESSFUL BMW TECHNICIAN?

Successful BMW Technicians are passionate about BMWs and enjoy the challenge of working on cutting edge vehicles. If this describes you, then you could be on the fast track to success as a BMW technician. If you have experience as an automotive technician, search our open positions at www.bmwdealercareers.com and submit an application.

BMW TRAINING TEST INFORMATION

Effective January 1, 2018, there are two BMW tests being offered. The BMW Associate Test and the BMW Member Test. These tests are available to anyone. Take a look at the content included in these two tests.

BMW North America has developed these tests for internal use to evaluate technicians' training needs, and does not recognize the completion or passing of these tests unless you are employed at a BMW dealership. BMW and ASE expressly disclaim the use of these non-certification tests for any other purpose.

TESTING FOR TECHNICIANS NOT CURRENTLY WORKING AT A BMW DEALER (EXISTING BMW DEALER TECHNICIANS)

Technicians interested in a career at a BMW Center can proactively take these tests and prove their commitment to the profession and brand. By presenting a copy of your completion report to a hiring BMW Center, you are showing your desire to work for the brand as well as your familiarity with The Ultimate Driving Machine.

Three options for new Technicians entering BMW:

1. Entry Level Path: All new Technicians seeking employment at a BMW dealer will be required to take the BMW Associate Test (called Initial test in the example below) at a Prometric Test Center. Registration will be done on the ASE website and tests will be delivered at proctored Prometric test centers. There are over 450 ASE test centers across the United States. Once you have successfully completed this test and are hired by a BMW dealer, you will be eligible to take BMW Member Level courses. If you are not successful in completing the Associate Test, you can still apply at a BMW Center and if you are hired you will be able to enroll in the entry level path called the Associate Level.

The Associate Level will concentrate on Basic Automotive Technology and will consist of four courses. Workshop Technology I and II, Electrical Technology and Chassis Technology. Once all of the courses in this level have been taken, you can register to take the BMW Associate Test. Upon successful completion of this test, you can then enroll in the BMW Associate Level Hands on Assessment (HoA). This HoA will take place at a BMW Group Training Center to ensure your hand skills and workshop process match your written knowledge. Once all of the tests and/or assessments have been completed successfully, you can now enroll in the Member Level courses. The Associate Level can be challenged at any time by taking the BMW Associate Test regardless of completing all of the courses in this level. You must consult your dealer management before registering for this test. If you are not successful in completing the BMW Associate Test or HoA, the following steps can be taken:

  • Examine your test results to identify areas of difficulty
  • Re-enroll in an appropriate Associate Level course you are having difficulties in
  • Log on to the ASE website www.ASE.com to investigate ASE resources, such as test demos and test taking tips
  • Investigate online training courses
  • Enroll in community college automotive courses
  • In dealer training by a mentor
  • When you are confident in the area of difficulty, you may re-enroll in the BMW Associate Test.

The target of the Associate Test is to qualify Technicians on basic automotive knowledge not BMW knowledge. The target candidate for this level is:

  • Internal promotions – Lube technician, Drivers etc.
  • Non-BMW STEP (Service Technician Education Program) graduates from a Post-Secondary automotive program
  • Personnel looking for a career change

2. Intermediate Path: If you pass the BMW Associate Test and are employed at a BMW dealer, you will bypass the entire Associate Level and start taking courses in the next level called Member Level (See below). The Member Level curriculum is based on basic BMW Technology. This curriculum includes Electrical Technology II, Chassis Technology II, Drivetrain Technology, and Warranty for Technicians. In this level, you will begin training in Basic BMW specific technology. Similar to the Associate Level when you have completed all of the courses in the Member Level, you can take the BMW Member Test. This test will be administered by ASE and taken at a Prometric test center. Upon successful completion of this test, you can enroll in the Member Level Hands on Assessment (HoA). Once the test and assessment have been passed, you can now start enrolling in the Certified Level courses. If you are not successful in completing the BMW Member test or HoA, the following steps can be taken.

  • Examine your test results to identify areas of difficulty
  • Re-enroll in an appropriate Member Level course you are having difficulties in
  • Log on to the ASE website www.ASE.com to investigate ASE resources, such as test demos and test taking tips
  • Investigate online training courses
  • Enroll in community college automotive courses
  • In dealer training by a mentor
  • When you are confident in the area of difficulty, you may re-enroll in the BMW Member Test.

The target candidate for this level:

  • Tire, Lube or Entry Level technicians
  • Post-Secondary graduates with two to three years experience
  • Independent repair facility technician


3. Advanced Path: If you are an exceptional technician and complete the prerequisites listed below, you can challenge the Member level.

Prerequisites include:

  • Employed at a BMW dealer for a minimum of 6 months
  • Pass the Associate and Member Tests and Member HoA
  • Complete the BMW Electrical II course
  • Dealer management approval

Once successful, you can start taking the Certified Level courses. This is a challenging and difficult path that should only be consider by very experienced technicians skilled in luxury car technology. An exceptional electrical background is required.

The target candidate for this path:

  • 5+ years of experience as a Master technician at another OEM brand
  • ASE Certified Master Automobile with appropriate experience


All three of the paths are beneficial for seeking employment with a BMW Center based on your experience. BMW is a leader in the automotive industry and needs qualified technicians with the skills and knowledge to advance with BMW.


Please visit the links below to view an exciting company that is searching for the best technicians in the industry.

BMW STEP

BMW Dealer Careers

BMWUSA.com



TESTS FOR EXISTING BMW DEALER TECHNICIANS

1. Associate Level Technicians: If you are a current Associate Level technician and have completed all of the courses in this level, you may take the BMW Associate Test. Upon successful completion, you can then enroll in the Associated Hands on Assessment (HoA) at a BMW Technical Training Center. Once all of the test and assessment have been passed, the technician can now start enrolling in the Member Level courses. The Associate Level can be challenged at any time by taking the BMW Associate Test regardless of completing all of the courses in this level. You must consult your dealer management before registering for this test.

2. Member Level Technicians: When you have completed all of the courses in the Member Level, you can register to take the BMW Member Test. Upon successful completion, you can then enroll in the Member Hands on Assessment (HoA). Once you have successfully completed this assessment, you will now be eligible to enroll in the Certified Level courses. Our current technicians can challenge the Member Level courses at any time when all prerequisites below have been met. Please see TMSI and consult your Service Manager for details. Member Challenge requirements include:

  • Employed at a BMW center for a minimum of 6 months
  • Pass the Associate and Member Tests and Member HoA
  • Complete the BMW Electrical II course
  • Dealer management approval

3. Certified Level Technicians: This level does not require a written test, but will still require completion of all courses in the Certified Level and the Hands on Assessment (HoA) at a BMW Technical Training Center. Once you have completed this HoA successfully, you are now eligible to enroll in Master Level courses.

4. Master Assessments Requirements: The Hands on Assessment (HoA) at a BMW Training Center will be required every three years along with maintaining your ASE Certified Master Automobile Status (A1-A8). Listed below are the ASE certifications required for BMW Master status:

  • A1 – Engine Repair
  • A2 – Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • A3 – Manual Drive Train & Axles
  • A4 – Suspension & Steering
  • A5 – Brakes
  • A6 – Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • A7 – Heating & Air Conditioning
  • A8 – Engine Performance

5. Current Master Level Technicians (as of 12/31/17): There will be a three year grace period granted to complete the needed BMW Master courses, obtain or maintain your ASE Certified Master Automobile (A1-A8).

If you are unsuccessful in passing any of the tests and/or Hands on Assessments, please examine these options below.

  • Examine your test results to identify areas of difficulty
  • Re-enroll in an appropriate BMW course(s) you are having difficulties in
  • Log on to the ASE website www.ASE.com to investigate ASE resources, such as test demos and test taking tips
  • Investigate online training courses
  • Enroll in community college automotive courses
  • In dealer training by a mentor

If you are currently employed at a certified BMW Dealer, please have your Shop Foreman or Training Coordinator contact your Regional Technical Training Manager on your behalf for remediation guidance.


WHY ASE?

  • ASE is recognized by the automotive service and repair industry in the United States.
  • ASE is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals.
  • ASE Certification is a valuable way in which to measure the knowledge and skills of individual employees as well as the commitment to quality of the repair facility employing ASE Certified professionals.

ASE SECTION 609 REFRIGERANT RECOVERY AND RECYCLING PROGRAM

BMW technicians can now obtain their Section 609 Credential through ASE.
In order to enroll in ST1813, you must take and pass the test on the ASE website and complete WB618 in TMSi.

Please log into www.asecampus.com/bmw to register for the test. Once you have successfully passed the test, BMW will automatically award credit for ASE609 (formerly MC618) in TMSi. You will not need to submit your certificate if you obtain your Section 609 credential through the ASE link above. Enrollment into ST1813 Instructor led course will now be possible.


FAQ

If you have never registered for an ASE test, visit https://my.ase.com/ and select the Create myASE Account link. You will then be prompted to provide information about yourself to set up your account.

If you have already created a myASE account, then:

  1. Log in to your myASE account.
  2. Select Company-Assigned ID.
  3. Select the Add Company-Assigned ID button.
  4. For current BMW dealer employees, select BMW from the Company drop-down menu, enter your current BMW S-Gate ID or BMW DealerSpeed ID, and then select Submit. For BMW internal employees, enter your current BMW Q Number.
  5. Select the Profile tab to review your information and check on your release status. Confirm that your information is correct.
  6. Select the "Release my ASE status to others" checkbox and then select the Submit button.

Creating a myASE account is simple. Making sure you have your BMW Id on file and Release = OK is not always as simple.

  1. Log in to your myASE account.
  2. Select Store link.
  3. Select the checkbox(s) for the ASE Certification Test(s) and/or BMW Training Test for which you wish to register.
  4. After going through several prompts, you can schedule your appointment. If you have multiple tests to schedule, you may also select the "Select All" checkbox.
  5. Then you can Find the Test Center that is most convenient for you and select the Schedule an Appointment link to find available locations.
  6. Once you have scheduled your test appointments you will be directed to an Appointment Confirmation page where you should see the correct date/time for your ASE Certification test(s) and/or BMW Training Test. Select either the Print Registration Ticket button to print your registration ticket, or select Continue to complete the registration process.
  • Certification Tests, BMW Assessments (except L1, L2, and L3): $47 each
  • Advanced Level Tests (L1, L2, and L3): $94 each
  • Recertification Tests (except L1, L2, and L3): $47 each. Recertification Tests fees are capped at $141, so the most anyone would pay to recertify in a single order is $175 – no matter how many recertification tests are purchased.
  • Registration Fee: $34 per order
  • ASE is required to collect sales tax on applicable purchases in AZ, CO, HI, NJ, NM, NY, OH, SC, SD, TX, VA, WA, and WV.

Need Help?

If at any point you have trouble during the registration process for your ASE Certification test(s) or BMW Training Tests, email us at contactus@ase.com, or contact ASE Customer Service at
1-800-390-6789 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, except holidays. Operators are here to help guide you through the registration process and answer any and all questions you may have.

ASE Contact information

Phone
1-800-390-6789

Email
contactus@ase.com

Mailing
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE Suite 401
Leesburg, VA 20176