The next Trouble Shooter Clinic from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Nov. 4-7.
According to a press release, service technicians will have a choice of three different learning tracks and the opportunity to earn as many as 32 continuing education credit hours. The cost of attending is affordable and includes lunch and daily coffee breaks.
The Trouble Shooter Clinics have been redesigned to include more hands-on training, smaller class sizes and increased class times. The clinic is not a certification preparation course. The skills learned at the clinic will prepare participants to take the test or gain continuing education credits needed for re-certification. RVIA stressed, however, that instructors do not teach the test.
The tracks available are: Power Source; Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slideouts & Towing; and Appliances. Testing in any of these areas is separate and available to participants after completing the training and signing up online.
All interested technicians are encouraged to pursue this valuable training and an online application is available. Prerequisites are outlined in the Trouble Shooter Clinic brochure, but RVIA does grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis to technicians who may have appropriate experience or training.
Participants in the Power Source Track will earn 24 Continuing Education Credits. This track runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Covered topics include generators, converters, power systems, batteries, inverters along with transfer switches, energy management systems and RV-C. The cost of the Power Source Track is $480 for three days of training.
The Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-outs & Towing Track takes place Wednesday and Thursday. It covers axles, hydraulic theory, towing, fifth-wheels and hitches and participants earn 16 hours of Continuing Education Credits. This two-day training costs $320 per participant.
The four-day-long Appliance Track runs Monday through Thursday of the week and a participant earns 32 hours of Continuing Education Credits for this track. It covers Atwood and Suburban water heaters, on-demand water heaters, air conditioning and heating systems, refrigeration and furnaces. The cost is $640 for this four day session.
To register go to the RVIA website.