The Tesla START program is a manufacturer-college partnership program designed to offer service technician training for qualified applicants.

This intensive 16-week training program provides students with the skills necessary for job placement as Service Technicians at Tesla Service Centers across the United States.

Students will develop technical expertise and earn Tesla certifications through a blended approach of in-class theory, hands-on labs, and self-paced learning.

Completion Award
Certificate of Completion
Length of Study
24 Credits
On Campus

  1. Apply employability skills for success in an entry-level automotive technician position.
  2. Perform common maintenance, inspection, and service procedures for the eight automotive systems: Electric Drive systems and Axels, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension and Steering, Electrical/Electronic Control, and Vehicle Performance.
  3. Identify and apply safe work practices working on/with vehicle systems, tools, equipment, lifts, ventilation, and hazardous waste disposal.
  4. Utilize service information systems to obtain specifications and proper service and maintenance procedures.
  5. Utilize service information and skills to diagnose basic automotive concerns.
  6. Utilize service information to remove and replace failed components.

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The demand for electric vehicle technicians is projected to remain strong over the next decade. Employment opportunities exist as a Tesla service center technician.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $150.18 $246.87 $337.97 $166.09
5 credits $658.90 $1,142.35 $1,597.85 $738.45
12 credits (full-time) $1,418.96 $2,393.98 $3,312.20 $1,579.76
15 credits $1,592.00 $2,579.20 $3,508.25 $1,755.35

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

Next Steps

Applicants are required to have some previous automotive training before applying to this program.

If you find that you do not meet the prior experience requirements, you can enroll in the Automotive Service Technician (AST) degree to meet the qualifications.

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Anyone, regardless of financial status, can attend Shoreline. We have the resources you need for scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.


This program requires students to apply through the Tesla careers site. Learn more about the requirements and application process.


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