The Recreation Vehicle Service Training Council has expanded its satellite training curriculum with 40 hours of product-specific advanced classes in addition to sessions aimed at certifying RV technicians. Plans are to enroll dealerships until the first part of November.
The council, in conjunction with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), also is in the process of developing a series of classes for dealership service advisers.
“Our goal is to put training on the network for the total dealership, and allow each dealership to decide how to use the programing to fit their in-house needs,” said Jim Carr, director of the RV Training Institute at Lake City (Fla.) Community College who is coordinating the nationwide program for the council.
A new series of 40 certification classes will begin Sept. 18. The classes are 90 minutes long and will continue through next July each Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. As of mid August, 110 dealerships had signed up for the telecasts, which originate from Lake City.
Enrollment was extended because classes are modular and the first six sessions are focused on LP gas. Students who enroll before electrical instruction begins in November should have no trouble completing subsequent classwork, Carr said.
Meanwhile, 40 weeks of product-specific advanced training will be telecast on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 1
Onan Corp., Minneapolis, Minn., intends to offer its Level I and Level II certification classes over the system, and Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Riverside, Calif., and Winnebago Industries Inc., Forest City, Iowa, each plan to offer classes on their slideout rooms, according to Carr.
Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC, Highland Park, Ill., also plans to produce a class on its new R-series diesel pusher chassis, and Monaco Coach Corp., Coburg, Ore., and Airxcel Inc., Wichita, Kan., also are developing curriculum to be delivered over satellite.
Jayco Inc., Middlebury, Ind., and Newmar Newmar Corp., Nappanee, Inc., are considering enrolling their plant technicians in the certification classes as well as delivering product courses to dealers via the satellite system, Carr said.
Dealers outside Florida, where the program originated four years ago as an adjunct to the Florida Recreational Vehicle Trade Association (FRVTA), are required to pay a $1,300 registration fee per dealership and purchase a satellite receiving system for between $2,500 and $3,500.