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Technical Meeting mediumA group of industry experts gathered in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 10-13, to review the recently piloted “registered” technician exam and to review the standard and test for “certified” and “master certified” technician exam.

RVIA Today Express reported that the group included eight master certified technicians, two certified technicians, a working technician, and six subject matter experts. The meeting was facilitated by Katherine Manley from the National Occupancy Competency and Testing Institute (NOCTI) and Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) staff.

The industry uses NOCTI to facilitate and monitor the testing development process and to deliver the testing throughout the year and gather the testing statistics.

Updates to the standard and exam were drafted and will be piloted in the near future. Once the tests are finalized, all the support materials in the study guides, textbooks and on-line training program will be updated and made available. The target date for these items to be available is May 2017. The new tests need to be approved by the Certification Governing Board, which will also determine when the new exams will be implemented.

RVIA and RVDA recognize the following companies for making industry experts available for the meeting: Jayco Inc., Forest River Inc., Keystone RV. Co., Lippert Components Inc., Suburban, Norcold, Dometic, Motley RV Repair, Camping World, General RV Center, Bill Thomas RVs, Good Sam Enterprises LLC and Bobby Barber DRG.