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PRVCA RV Generators Course Begins in March

February 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Generators, the next course offered in the RV Technician Distance Learning Program, begins March 18 and runs through May 5.

According to a press release, the course, which is supported by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) and Northampton Community College, provides students a very detailed look into the idiosyncrasies of the voltage and power-producing device. Understanding that mechanical motion, including mechanical adjustments, has a direct electrical result helps students through the nuances of this sometimes difficult-to-understand machine. Generator sizing, installation, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance are all studied.

“The program is designed for someone who wants to go all the way as an RV technician,” Ron Donachie, the program’s instructor states. “If you want to become a certified tech, this is the way to do it.”

The online course requires hands-on assignments and quizzes and allows students to interact with the instructor and other participants. Students can log on 24/7.

“This is more than just watching step-by-step instructions in a training video,” Donachie says. “You get the training needed to become an RV tech.”

Tuition cost for the RV generator course is $325. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course. Graduates will receive 48 RV technician recertification credit hours.

To register for the courses, visit https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/ and create a username and password. If you have any trouble registering for the course, call Northampton Community College at (877) 543-0998.

To purchase the textbooks required for the course, contact heather@prvca.org or call (888) 303-2887. The courses materials are supported by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.

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Schedule for Next Distance Learning Course Set

January 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The next RV Technician Distance Learning Course, RV Liquid Propane Systems, will run Feb. 20 through March 25, according to a press release.

The course, held online through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), dissects the second of the three major systems found in recreation vehicles.

Since propane is flammable, safety precautions are emphasized throughout the entire course. Curriculum studies the properties of propane as well as the types of containers used in the RV industry. Proper procedures for purging, storing and using LP, including the importance of regulation are presented and performed on paper as well as during many hands-on assignments. RVIA-mandated tests are also perfected.

After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Identify related LP terminology.

• Identify LP system components, their relationship and functions.

• Explain the sources of propane.

• Differentiate between propane and butane.

• Identify the properties of propane.

• Identify proper safety procedures for storing, handling, transporting and filling LP containers.

• Identify types of LP containers and their components.

• Inspect/replace relief valves, float gauges, sight gauges and dip tubes.

• Inspect, repair or replace stop fill float devices, automatic stop fill devices, service valves and excess flow valves.

• Identify reasons for purging LP containers.

• Purge air from a container.

• Transfer propane from one container to another.

• Leak test a container.

• Calculate container capacity.

• Fill containers with LP.

• Identify container markings.

• Troubleshoot LP containers and components.

• Identify high and low pressure flex hoses.

• Identify vapor flow.

• Understand and adjust LP regulator output pressure.

• Conduct a lock up test.

• Identify reasons for regulator failure.

• Install and protect a regulator.

• Use appropriate test equipment.

• Perform time, pressure drop and leak tests.

• Determine serviceability of high and low pressure hoses.

• Demonstrate the ability to inspect/replace propane piping system.

• Install and seal brass, copper and threaded fittings.

• Identify and size copper tubing types.

• Perform cutting and flaring of copper tubing.

• Identify codes and standards applicable to DOT and ASME containers.

PRVCA member employees will receive 50% reimbursement on tuition after successful completion of a course. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that can be faxed to the PRVCA office at 717-303-0297 and a check for 50% of the courses tuition will be mailed to the student. It’s that simple. The courses can also go towards RVIA recertification credits (see credit hours listed below). For more information, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887.

All of the courses are RVIA-approved and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.

The Spring schedule is as follows:

RV Liquid Propane Systems (Beta 6008):

Feb. 20 – March 25

28 credit hours

Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95)

RV Water Heaters (Beta 6018)

March 26 – April 22

18 credit hours

Tuition: $125 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $62.50)

 

 

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Next RV Tech Distance Learning Course to Start

January 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The next RV Technician Distance Learning Course, Introduction to RV Services, will begin on Jan. 16 and run through Feb. 19, according to a press release.

The course, held online through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), delves into the workings of a typical RV dealership service center and exposes the student to the skills necessary to function within a dealership environment.

RV construction techniques are discussed as well as the proper care and use of hand tools. Safety, work habits and the introduction to RV Codes and Standards are also presented. A deeper look into the various job classifications and pay structures at the RV dealership gives the student a well-rounded view of what is possible after training and certification.

PRVCA member employees will receive 50% reimbursement on tuition after successful completion of a course. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that can be faxed to the PRVCA office at 717-303-0297 and a check for 50% of the courses tuition will be mailed to the student. The courses can also go towards recertification credits. For more information, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887.

All of the courses are RVIA-approved and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.

The Spring Schedule is as follows:

Introduction to RV Services (Beta 6001)
Jan. 16 to Feb. 19
28 credit hours
Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95)

RV Liquid Propane Systems (Beta 6008)
Feb. 20 to March 25
28 credit hours
Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95)

RV Water Heaters (Beta 6018)
March 26 – April 22
18 credit hours
Tuition: $125 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $62.50)

 

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