Some 96 campground owners and employees completed six days of intensive training Feb. 17-22 at the National School of RV Park and Campground Management at Oglebay National Training Center, Wheeling, W. Va.
The classes were taught by veteran campground owners and industry professionals and sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
Completion of the two-year curriculum accumulates 50 points toward the 75 points required for ARVC’s “Certified Park Operator” (CPO) designation.
CPO points can also be accumulated by attending seminars during ARVC’s annual national convention and classes required to receive or maintain state operating licenses.
This year, 62 people enrolled at Oglebay in first-year classes and 34 in second-year classes. Students receive 25 CPO points after completing classes each year.
First-year courses include basic accounting, marketing, public and community relations, personnel management, budgeting and customer surveying and tracking.
More advanced second-year classes delve into business and tax planning, creating a business plan, improving profitability and advanced personnel management. ARVC also intends to establish a graduate-level program at Oglebay next year.
Classes are offered each February. ARVC registration is $100, with Oglebay charging $1,045 for tuition, room and board.