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Want to learn even more? Here are some of the common questions potential students – and their parents – have about the MCAP program.

What is the difference between the Mopar® Career Automotive Program (MCAP) and other programs?

It’s simple. MCAP is the only program where you’ll learn state-of-the-art technologies used exclusively on Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and FIAT® products. That means you’ll have a greater product knowledge than someone with a generic certificate or automotive degree.

How does FCA US LLC support MOPAR CAP?

Chrysler Corporation recognized the need for a program like this when they started it in 1984, and that support continues today. FCA US LLC knows this program creates highly trained, loyal technicians that deliver the best experience for customers, and they do many things to support the MCAP schools that help make that happen, including:

  • Supplying training aids including the latest production vehicles, components, diagnostic equipment, service information and FCA US LLC specific training materials
  • Providing industry-leading training to school staff/instructors, who are required to attend training courses to stay current with technologies used on Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram products

How long does it take to complete the program?

This will vary by student and school, but generally students’ complete the program with an Associates Degree (or equivalent) in 18-24 months. This depends on the class load taken each semester or quarter. Many schools also offer certificate programs that allow the student to bypass some of the general education courses and focus solely on automotive courses. Ask your MCAP school for details.

I’ve heard some technicians talk about certification levels. What level of FCA US LLC certification do MOPAR CAP students graduate with?

It depends on the school. All MCAP students complete the program at a level 1. Some schools require internships or work-study that will get students to a level 2 certification. Contact the MCAP school of your choice for more information about their program and specific requirements. Find a participating school here.

Do I need to get my own tools prior to starting the program?

Your MCAP school will provide a list of tools required, along with a timeline as to when they will be needed throughout the program, so you can purchase your supplies gradually. The school will also provide a list of reputable tool companies that offer students tools at a reasonable cost, as students often have the ability to purchase tools at significantly reduced prices because of their student status.

Does MCAP offer paid internships?

This varies by school/program. The actual details will vary for each situation, but generally students and dealers negotiate an hourly wage for each internship period during the sponsorship process. This allows you to get familiar with the work environment and begin earning money while in school.

Do I have to find a dealer sponsor, or will the program help me?

Some schools require students to find a dealer to sponsor them in the MCAP program. If you know a dealer that you’d like to work with, feel free to contact them directly. To learn more about the requirements for your school, contact the school directly, or get assistance from one of our MCAP Relationship Managers by completing our contact form.

If I have a dealer sponsor, do I need to commit to work for them after graduation?

This is not required, but this can be a great advantage for you. Sometimes students and dealers may negotiate a deal based on the amount of financial assistance a dealer is willing to provide in exchange for the student’s commitment. For example, the dealer may agree to pay back student loans after graduation for as long as the graduate is employed there. This is not guaranteed but something that can be negotiated. All negotiations are between the dealer and the MCAP student, so ask your dealer sponsor if this is something they would consider. You can find a participating dealer here.

How do I know if I meet the admission requirements for my school?

Every school will have different guidelines, so we recommend that you contact any school directly to determine their admissions requirements and your eligibility. Take a look at all of our participating schools here.

Who do I contact for an application to my MCAP school?

Once you’ve selected a MCAP school, check their website or contact their admissions office for program requirements and the application process. You can find a list of participating MCAP schools with contact information here.

Are there scholarships available?

Not through FCA US LLC, but some MCAP schools may offer scholarships based on specific criteria (financial need, academic qualifications, etc.). Contact the school of your choice for specific information regarding scholarship availability and your eligibility.

If I was recently discharged from the military and am interested in this program to earn my degree, what should I do?

First, thank you for your service! Not only do all MCAP schools qualify for the use of GI Bill education funding, but many dealerships have a specific interest in hiring veterans. To get started, contact the participating MCAP school you’re interested in directly to learn more about their admissions process and your eligibility. If you have more questions, you can also complete our contact form and one of our MCAP Relationship Managers will contact you.

As a parent, I’m concerned about my child becoming an automotive technician. Is it possible to support a family on a technician’s wage?

Yes. The automotive service industry is looking for quality technicians to fulfill current open positions. Technology used in today’s automobiles are very complex, constantly changing and require specific skills that must be learned to properly diagnose and maintain these vehicles. Good technicians can earn an excellent living to support their families and are in high demand at dealerships throughout the country.

I still have some more questions, is there someone I can talk to?

Absolutely. We have MCAP Relationship Managers all over the country that are ready to answer your questions, guide you through the process or help you find a MCAP school or sponsoring dealer near you. Just complete our contact form and the MCAP Relationship Manager in your area will contact you.

Want to learn even more? Here are some of the common questions potential dealers have about the MCAP program.

How do I become a Mopar® Career Automotive Program (MCAP) dealer?

You can become a MCAP dealer anytime by completing a simple enrollment form so we can recognize your dealership on our website. Send us an email at moparcap@fcagroup.com or complete our contact form and one of our Relationship Managers can help get you started with the program.

What is the advantage to sponsoring and ultimately hiring a MCAP student?

There are many advantage to sponsoring/hiring a MCAP student, including:

  • They’re experts on your vehicles. MCAP students learn exclusively on the latest Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and FIAT® curriculum and diagnostic equipment, so you’ll have an experienced technician with product knowledge that is much greater than someone with a generic certificate or automotive degree.
  • They’re trained on the latest technologies. MCAP students have access to the latest service information and receive hands-on training and credit in the FCA Performance Institute Technical Skill Curriculum; as they progress toward graduation, they are generally at or through level 2 in several skill areas.
  • They’re loyal. They know the investment you’ve made in their career by sponsoring them, and that generally turns students into long-term employees.

How do I know if MCAP is right for my dealership?

If you want to hire, train and retain a winning team that is going to give your customers the best service experience available - this program is for you. Just ask yourself:

  • What is the average age of technicians in my dealership?
  • How many of our current technicians will retire in the next 5-7 years?
  • What is our current technician turnover rate?
  • Do our current technicians have expertise to be prepared for future vehicles?
  • Where are we currently finding our technicians?
If you determine that some of your technicians will leave your dealership in the next 5-7 years, the time to plan for the future is now...and MCAP should be part of that plan. This program is an excellent opportunity to create your service technician dream team.

Can I have an impact on what is taught at a MCAP school?

Absolutely. MCAP requires each participating college to create an Advisory Board and conduct Stakeholder Meetings with the purpose of ensuring that the school is meeting the latest industry needs. We encourage you to be an active participant on the Dealer Advisory Board at a MCAP college.

How often will the MCAP student intern at my dealership?

All schools are different, so this will really depend on the school’s curriculum and format. But if you have an intern, students generally rotate between the school and the dealership each semester/quarter (i.e. attends school for half of the semester and works at the dealer the other half), alternating this sequence throughout the two-year process. Contact a participating MCAP school near you to learn more about their specific program details. Or you can get assistance from one of our Relationship Managers by emailing moparcap@fcagroup.com or completing our contact form.

Who do I contact about finding a student to sponsor?

You can contact a participating MCAP school to find students enrolled in their program. Or, you can get assistance from one of our Relationship Managers by emailing moparcap@fcagroup.com or completing our contact form.

Is it possible to sponsor more than one student at a time?

Yes, many dealers sponsor multiple students. They discovered that after graduation MCAP graduates are well-rounded employees and very quickly become some of their most loyal and dedicated employees on staff.

I have a current employee that I’d like to sponsor, who do I contact?

The best place to start is by contacting the MCAP school where your employee is enrolled or would like to enroll. The school’s MCAP Coordinator can provide you with specific information about the program at their school and put you in contact with the correct person in the Admissions Office. You can find a list of participating MCAP schools with contact information here.

I’ve hired military veterans, can I sponsor them through MCAP?

Absolutely. When your new employee is ready to work toward a degree, we recommend that you first select and contact a MCAP school. The school’s MCAP Coordinator can provide you with specific information about the program at their school (i.e. enrollment process, requirements, tuition, etc.). In addition, military veterans have access to the GI Bill, which provides educational funds that can be used toward MCAP. You can find a list of participating MCAP schools with contact information here.

Who do I contact if I want to recruit and hire MCAP graduates?

The best way to hire new MCAP graduates is to consistently be involved with a participating MCAP school , as schools often host career days and special meetings that help bring students and dealers together. To learn more about recruiting students, contact the school directly. If you still need help, you can send us an email at moparcap@fcagroup.com or complete our contact form and one of our Relationship Managers can help you out.

I still have some more questions, is there someone I can talk to?

Absolutely. We have a team of MCAP Relationship Managers all over the country who are ready to answer your questions, help you partner with a MCAP school or find students/hire graduates. Email moparcap@fcagroup.com or complete our contact form and the MCAP Relationship Managers in your area will contact you.

Want to learn even more? Here are some of the common questions potential schools have about the MCAP program.

What is the benefit of having my school participate in the Mopar® Career Automotive Program (MCAP)?

Offering the MCAP curriculum will enhance your school’s reputation for excellence and leading-edge technology. Not only will it give current students even more career options to choose from, but it also opens your school up to a wider range of potential students who are interested in technical programs and the very competitive automotive industry...which is an appealing benefit to parents, instructors and FCA US LLC dealerships who’d like to partner with your school.

How will FCA US LLC support this program at my school?

Chrysler Corporation recognized the need for a program like this when they started it in 1984, and that support continues today. FCA US LLC knows this program provides opportunities for students to become highly trained, automotive service technicians, and they do many things to support MCAP colleges that help make that happen, including:

  • Free instructor training
  • Extensive web-training access for students and instructors
  • Marketing materials and support from the MOPAR CAP field team
  • Supplying training aids including latest production vehicles, components, diagnostic equipment, service information and Chrysler specific training materials

How do I get my school certified as a MCAP school?

Any school that would like to be recognized as a participating MCAP school must be certified through our partner, the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). Send us an email at moparcap@fcagroup.com and one of our Relationship Managers can answer any questions you may have and help get you started.

Do I have to contact dealers near me to sponsor my students?

You can definitely contact local dealers to inform them about students who are in the program. However, we also have a nationwide team of MCAP Relationship Managers who can help move students from your college to local dealerships. Send us an email at moparcap@fcagroup.com to learn more.

Who plans the program curriculum?

While the specific curriculum is determined by FCA US LLC, MCAP requires each participating school to create an Advisory Board that includes dealers, with the purpose of ensuring that the program is most effective and meeting the latest industry needs.

Will instructors at my school be trained to teach the MCAP courses?

Yes. Each MCAP instructor is required to attend and receive approval to teach FCA Performance Institute Technical Training Skill Core Curriculum Courses prior to teaching. MCAP instructors will go through ongoing corporate FCA US LLC technical training and instructor certification to learn and stay current with the latest technologies used on Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and FIAT® vehicles.

If we have students that are military veterans, does this program qualify for the GI Bill?

Absolutely. Military veterans are in high demand in the automotive industry and can access the GI Bill for funds that can be used toward MCAP.

I still have some more questions, is there someone I can talk to?

Absolutely. We have a team of MCAP Relationship Managers all over the country who are ready to answer your questions. Send us an email at moparcap@fcagroup.com and one of our Relationship Managers will be in touch.