Grow Your Service Department Through WANADA Training & Apprenticeships

One of WANADA’s most valuable membership benefits is our Auto Dealer Education Institute (ADEI) technician apprenticeship program.  ADEI offers a unique opportunity to cultivate a skilled workforce tailored to a dealership’s specific needs while fostering loyalty and commitment among employees. ADEI helps you ensure a pipeline of talented technicians trained to tackle the increasingly complex technologies found in modern vehicles. If you are interested in interviewing one of our current apprentice candidates, or if you have a talented employee who would benefit from technical training, contact WANADA’s Director of Education Joe Hemberger at or 267-346-1700.

The program’s branch in Northern Virginia in particular is currently experiencing rapid growth.  While ADEI has always flourished in Montgomery County and the new Prince George’s branch has nearly tripled since its inception in 2022, the NOVA program has struggled to find the same momentum in recent years.  Mr. Hemberger’s efforts to foster relationships with NOVA area high schools to attract applicants is paying off.  Applications from around Northern Virginia are at an all time high and Mr. Hemberger was recently presented an award from the auto tech training program at Fairfax High School for his efforts.

In addition to the apprenticeship program, WANADA recently launched two new training initiatives to great success.  The first is a certification for Maryland state inspections. These classes are held exclusively for our members, developed by a recently retired MD State Trooper who oversaw Maryland’s Vehicle Inspection program for the last eight years of his career. WANADA is bringing you this private class for only $1,150.00.

Our second offering is designed to help you increase your hours per RO by enhancing your service advisors’ product knowledge and sales confidence. Held at the WANADA offices, our live interactive class has a maximum of ten students, which allows for more personalized attention and interaction, unlike online training, which can be isolating.

We are in the process of identifying optimal dates and times for 2024 sessions of the aforementioned trainings.  If you have staff that could benefit from either, please contact

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