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ATHENS, Texas — March 1 was graduation day for 27 students at the National RV Training Academy.
RV owners, technicians and future inspectors gathered at the Big Red School House and Community Center Feb. 25 to March 1 for a 40-hour introduction to RV systems.
This session’s students hailed from 13 states and from as far away as Nova Scotia. There were single women, single men, couples, and families. All ages were represented, from many different walks of life.
Week 1 curriculum is designed to give RV owners knowledge and confidence to maintain and troubleshoot systems in their own RV.
Included in the basic systems training is an overview of electrical (AC and DC), refrigeration, propane, air conditioning, water heaters and water pumps. At graduation, the students are able to identify and troubleshoot issues in each of the primary RV systems.
Week 1 also provides a vital foundation for those who choose the more in-depth curriculum for becoming a professional RV inspector or professional RV technician, said CEO Terry Cooper.
Week 1 graduates have the option of pursuing advance courses specialized in RV inspections or in RV technician work.
In addition to Cooper, three other instructors aided in the training. They are Richard Stark, Week 1 RV Basics instructor, and Howard and Pam Jaros, NRVIA advanced inspection instructors.
With more than 1,200 RV owners, inspectors and technicians trained since 2012 at various mobile locations around the country, NRVTA now has a home base for training at the Big Red School House.
There are many more sessions available and larger class sizes can be accommodated.
The technical portion of the class was divided into consumers and future RV inspectors (with less technical background in RV systems) and technicians (dealer RV technicians, mobile RV technicians and those with mechanical background but new to the RV world).
In addition to their mission of helping RV owners, NRVTA is committed to filling the void of qualified inspectors and technicians currently in North America, said Cooper, who noted that RV service and inspection are dramatic growth industries.
Those people who were interested in starting a mobile service business or becoming an RV inspector had an optional early bird curriculum during Week 1.
The bonus time highlighted the systems, tax advantages, planning and support necessary to launch a new business as an RV inspector or mobile RV technician.
NRVIA also provides on-going support, continuing education, access to professional insurance and networking for the developing inspector and technician.
By graduation, more than half the students decided to take the next step to become either NRVIA Level 2 RV inspectors or mobile RV techs.
There are six Week 1 sessions still open in 2019, including :
- May 27-31
- July 15-19
- Sept. 2-6
- Sept. 23-27
- Oct. 21-25
- Dec. 9-13
“The RV owner tech course most likely pays for itself in the first year with mobile tech/service calls you DON’T have to make,” said Cooper.
For more information on courses for owners, inspectors and technicians, visit courses.nrvta.com.
SOURCE: Nation RV Training Academy press release