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Admission Steps

Get ready to rev your engines! Blend your passion for cars with a hands-on experience in the College of Southern Idaho’s Automotive Service Technology Program. Your educational experience will go beyond the classroom and prepare you for the fast-paced, ever-changing automotive industry.


  1. Apply to CSI and become a Golden Eagle: Fill out the free online form to Apply to CSI, then watch your email for your acceptance letter and instructions to get set up as a new student. 

  2. Prepare to apply to the ASTP program: Watch the linked video for an overview of the application process.


  3. Take a Mechanical Reasoning test: All applicants interested in the ASTP program need to complete the mechanical reasoning test in the CSI Testing Center. You will need your CSI student ID number and a valid photo ID with you in order to take the test. This is a timed 12-minute test. You must arrive one hour before closing, so be sure to check the current CSI Testing Center hours of operation
  4. Prepare for Additional Required Expenses: Budget now so that you are ready to purchase the additional materials listed in the Post-acceptance Steps section below
  5. Fill out your application: Complete the online form at Apply to the ASTP Program

Post-Acceptance Steps

After you are officially accepted to the program, there are additional requirements.

  1. Purchase required materials: 

    • Textbooks: $500
    • Tools: $1000--$4400 depending on quality and brand and preference
    • Course fees for whole program $190

    DO NOT
    purchase any of these items before you are offically accepted to the program!

  2. Secure a job: After your application is reviewed and accepted, you will need to secure a job with a local dealership where you will work through the duration of the program. Details will be covered during the program orientation.