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PRVCA RV Air Conditioner Course Begins in May

April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

           The RV Air Conditioning course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins May 12 and runs through June 8. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

The course examines the roof-top air conditioner in detail. Revisiting the fundamentals of alternating current electricity also, the students jump into the science of the refrigeration cycle. Delving into the properties of vaporization and condensation and applying the principles of compression, students gain the skill necessary to troubleshoot component failures along with the ability to repair and/or replace vital components. Installation requirements and preventive maintenance practices are also learned in this course.

Participants simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and qualifies for recertification hours. Students receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the course. The program is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

Those who complete the entire program will earn a specialized diploma from Northampton Community College. Students not wishing to obtain the specialized diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the specialized diploma will be prepared to test for the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician with RVIA.

Tuition cost for RV Air Conditioning is $350 per student. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 48 RV technician recertification hours.

To register for the courses, click here. Go to “View Catalog” under “Center for Business and Industry (CBI), then select “Technical and Trades.” Search for course and follow registration procedure. Call (610) 861-5390 if you have any problems with registration.

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

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RVIA, Learning Center Launching Tech Courses

March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center are launching additional online tech certification prep courses in four specialty areas: appliance, chassis, electrical systems and plumbing.

According to a press release, these four specialty courses are on-line now and a fifth preparation course for the Certified Body Specialist test is in development, to be released later this year.  The online program allows every technician to access individual self-study training and certification preparation.

These new specialty courses prepare a registered technician to become a Certified RV Specialist, the alternative right side of the RVDA-RVIA RV Certified RV Technician Career Ladder. The comprehensive RV Technician Certification Preparation course for technicians pursuing the left side of the Career Ladder, and the Registered Technician Preparation course, were released in October of last year.

A registered technician moves up the career ladder by choosing one of two paths. Participants can choose to take the comprehensive test, which covers all subjects required for certification or master certification, or he can choose the alternate path (the right side of the ladder) by moving through the individual specialties: appliances, body, chassis, electrical systems and plumbing. Once a technician holds all five specialties, or passes the full certification test at the master level, and meets the time-in-service requirement, he becomes a master certified RV technician.

The new program features updated online materials and test preparation resources that reflect the changing needs of the RV industry, which relies on professionally trained and certified technicians to maintain the latest RVs on the road today. Currently, there are fewer than 2,200 certified RV technicians.

The new platform is designed to track, train and prepare RV technicians at all levels to be able to pass a certification exam or to prepare to be recertified. All content and testing is online and there is no need for other program materials.

“RVIA and RVDA have worked together to develop this new training site for the benefit of all service technicians, dealerships, manufacturers, and suppliers,” said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president of standards and education. “This new platform really enhances the accessibility and convenience for techs readying themselves for certification which is vitally important in today’s RV market where there never seems to be any down time. As we are all aware, a well-functioning technician training effort is a key element in the overall health of the RV industry.”

“Certified technicians are in great demand today and this program is designed to help meet that growing need,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. “Our industry is on the rebound and this improved program will help technicians successfully navigate the path to certification.”

The goal of the RVDA-RVIA technician certification program is to identify professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to satisfy established, respected standards on RV diagnostic and repair procedures. Technicians must pass a rigorous testing process designed to measure technical competency and recognize those who meet or exceed industry standards.

To register for RV technician certification prep courses and industry certification, visit www.rvtechnician.com.

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Preventive Maintenance Course Begins March 17

March 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Preventive Maintenance course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins March 17 and runs through April 14. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

The course brings together the varying technical aspects from each of the previous sessions, focusing on preventive maintenance for every major component in every major system on the RV. To successfully complete the course, students must have a thorough understanding of each system on the RV. The course is also supported by a companion DVD presentation that follows the chapter structure of the RVIA textbook. Students are actually shown how the practices detailed in the text are applied.

Participants simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and qualifies for recertification hours. Students receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the course. The program is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

Those who complete the entire program will earn a specialized diploma from Northampton Community College. Students not wishing to obtain the specialized diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the specialized diploma will be prepared to test for the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician with RVIA.

Tuition cost for RV Heating Systems Service is $209 per student. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 28 RV technician recertification hours.

To register for the courses, click here. Go to “View Catalog” under “Center for Business and Industry (CBI), then select “Technical and Trades.” Search for course and follow registration procedure. Call (610) 861-5390 if you have any problems with registration.

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

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PRVCA Heating Systems Course Begins Feb. 10

February 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Heating Systems Service course, run by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Feb. 10 and runs through March 9. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

The last of the four LP-burning appliances is presented in this course. Though earlier designs of RV heaters and furnaces are discussed, the main focus is on the forced air furnace. Its sophistication and compactness both contribute to its difficulty in working on one. Like the other three appliances, each component part is dissected and discussed individually, as is the furnace, as a whole. Subjects covered include furnace installation, diagnosing operational faults, repairing and testing.

Students simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and qualifies for recertification hours. Students receive a certificate of completion successful completion of the course. The program is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

Those who complete the entire program will earn a specialized diploma from Northampton Community College. Students not wishing to obtain the specialized diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the specialized diploma will be prepared to test for the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician with RVIA.

Tuition cost for RV Heating Systems Service is $220. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 32 RV Technician Recretification hours.

To register for the courses, click here. Go to “View Catalog” under “Center for Business and Industry (CBI), then select “Technical and Trades.” Search for course and follow registration procedure. Call (610) 861-5390 if you have any problems with registration.

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

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PRVCA Heating Systems Course Begins Feb. 10

January 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Heating Systems Service course, run by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Feb. 10 and runs through March 9. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

The last of the four LP-burning appliances is presented in this course. Though earlier designs of RV heaters and furnaces are discussed, the main focus is on the forced air furnace. Its sophistication and compactness both contribute to its difficulty in working on one. Like the other three appliances, each component part is dissected and discussed individually, as is the furnace, as a whole. Subjects covered include furnace installation, diagnosing operational faults, repairing and testing.

Students simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and qualifies for recertification hours. Students receive a certificate of completion successful completion of the course. The program is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

Those who complete the entire program will earn a specialized diploma from Northampton Community College. Students not wishing to obtain the specialized diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the specialized diploma will be prepared to test for the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician with RVIA.

Tuition cost for RV Heating Systems Service is $220. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 32 RV Technician Recretification hours.

To register for the courses, click here. Go to “View Catalog” under “Center for Business and Industry (CBI), then select “Technical and Trades.” Search for course and follow registration procedure. Call (610) 861-5390 if you have any problems with registration.

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

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PRVCA Water Heater Course Runs Jan. 6-Feb. 2

December 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Water Heater Systems Service course, run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Jan. 6 and runs through Feb. 2.  According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

Students simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and qualifies for recertification hours. Students receive a certificate of completion successful completion of the course. The program is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

Those who complete the entire program will earn a specialized diploma from Northampton Community College. Students not wishing to obtain the specialized diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the specialized diploma will be prepared to test for the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician with RVIA.

Tuition cost for RV Water Heater Systems Service is $209. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 28 RV Technician Recretification hours.

Future courses include:

• RV Heating Systems Service will begin Feb. 10 and run through March 9.
• RV Preventive Maintenance will begin March 17 and run through April 14.

To register for the courses, click here . Go to “View Catalog” under “Center for Business and Industry (CBI), then select “Technical and Trades.” Search for course and follow registration procedure. Call (610) 861-5390 if you have any problems with registration.

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

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RVDA Reminds Techs that ‘It’s Time to Recertify’

December 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Two of the most frequently asked questions about RVDA-RVIA RV service technician certification are, “When must I recertify?” and “How do I do it?” According to a report in RV Executive Today Online, techs must recertify every five years, and there are two methods for doing so:

1) No-test method – Recertify using training hours. The technician must:

• Prove continuous employment (less than one year off) in the industry since the previous certification date.

• Have proof of continuing education consisting of at least five days (40 hours) of industry sponsored training over the five-year period, with at least three of the five days occurring over the past three years of the certification period. (Possible industry-sponsored training sources are: RVIA Trouble Shooter Clinics, satellite and Internet distance learning courses, the online RV Technician Certification Preparation Course, supplier/distributor schools and/or correspondence courses, NRVTI courses, manufacturer training, or state association training sessions).

• Complete the application and submit with payment.

2) Test method—Recertify by taking the certification test. If a technician can’t meet the continuing education requirement, he or she can pay to retake the certification test. The technician must:

• Pass the test, achieving the appropriate score to retain the previous certification level. A technician who fails the test will lose certification and must restart the certification process.

• Complete the application and submit with payment.

Visit www.rvtechnician.com and click on 3NeedtoRecertify for complete information and forms.

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‘Liquid Propane’ Tech Course Will Start Nov. 11

November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Liquid Propane Systems, the second course in the Fall RV Technician Distance Learning semester, begins Nov. 11 and runs through Dec. 15. According to a press release, the program, overseen by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

Students simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and qualifies for recertification hours. Students receive a certificate of completion successful completion of the course. The program is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

The second of the three major systems found in recreation vehicles, the LP system is dissected in detail. Since propane is flammable, safety precautions are emphasized right from the start and throughout the entire course. Here, the student 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.

Those who complete the entire program will earn a specialized diploma from Northampton Community College. Students not wishing to obtain the diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the diploma will be prepared to test for RV service technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician with the RVIA.

Course Details:

Liquid Propane Systems (RVTNC107)

Nov. 11 – Dec. 15

Tuition Cost: $209

Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course.

RV Technician Recertification Hours: 28 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, contactheather@prvca.org or call 888-303-2887. The courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.

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RVIA Pilot Program Aims to Boost Tech Training

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Sara Pierce, Connie Acord, Wade Greenwood and RVIA President Richard Coon

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has unveiled a one-year pilot program designed to increase the awareness of and participation in industry technician training and certification programs by having field representatives call directly on RV dealerships to educate management and technicians about educational opportunities.

RVIA has hired Wade Greenwood and Connie Acord to serve as RVST in-field representatives. The two began visiting dealerships the week of Oct. 23 after undergoing orientation sessions on industry education programs at RVIA headquarters the week of Oct. 7.

Greenwood, who has experience on the RV manufacturing side handling RV warranty and service issues after working for Forest River Inc. and Skyline Corp., will cover the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Acord will focus on the South Central area, including Texas and Louisiana. She has previously worked for Keystone/NTP, Bumper Manufacturing and Valley Industries.

The pair will collect contact information at dealerships, identify the training that each tech has received to date, and work with service managers to determine the technician training needs. Service training will be coordinated with RVIA members with the goal to bring training directly to the dealerships. Research has found that service managers like the RVST training, but sending technicians away for a week at a time is not feasible.

“We are very excited about the potential of this program to invigorate our RV service tech training efforts,” said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president of standards and education. “RV dealerships are busy throughout the year now and can’t afford to send techs away for periods of time for training. New ways have to be found to get this important training to the dealerships, and we think offering training on site is the way to go.”

In addition to the technician pilot program, RVIA is also creating an on-line, controlled access technical library that will be available to participating technicians, invited subject matter experts, and others.

RVIA has hired Sara Pierce to serve as the RVST librarian to specifically find wanted technical information, and, more importantly, to serve as a resource for RVIA supplier and manufacturing members who will be able to manage their own information in this library. She has been working on the structure of the online library, populating it with technical data that RVIA had on file, and contacting member manufacturers and suppliers to gather data and documentation.

Pierce previously worked for the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Va., and holds a master’s in library and information Studies.

“The overall goal of the library and in-field program is to increase RVST training and certification. RVIA has never tracked training in the past and technicians don’t currently have an available mentor to help them plan and obtain the training they want and need. These programs are designed to resolve these issues,” added Hopkins.

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RVIA Technical Groups Review 2014 Standards

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) four technical subcommittees – Heating, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire & Life Safety – met the week of Oct. 7 in Fort Myers, Fla., to review and discuss RV-related standards issues.

According to a press release, the subcommittees took action on all proposed 1192 Handbook Revisions based on the upcoming 2014 editions of the NFPA 1192 Standard for Recreational Vehicles, the ANSI 12V Standard for Low Voltage Systems in Recreational Vehicles, and the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC).

In addition, the group members reviewed other handbook updates based on the current 2011 editions of the standard and discussed an array of other technical and standards issues that had surfaced since the previous meeting in October 2012.

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