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The 2005 National School for RV Park and Campground Management, held annually in February at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W. Va., attracted 116 students, representing a slight increase from last year’s program.
Around two-thirds of the attendees enrolled in first-year classes while the remaining students were involved in the second-year program, according to Karen Mason, director of education for the sponsoring National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). “It was well received and very successful,” Mason said of this year’s program.
In addition to the core classes, electives this year included workplace safety, water recreation amenities, asset protection and pricing strategies – all of which ultimately leads to Certified Park Operator (CPO) recognition for those participating in the two-year program.
Also part of the CPO regimen is a minimum 24-month active tenure in the campground and RV park sector, along with attendance at two or more state, regional or national meetings.
Mason reported that plans for the 2006 school are already under way, including the addition of a graduate program, which hasn’t been offered for the past few years. The 2006 school will give attendees more intensive, hands-on, true case studies, Mason said, while the graduate program includes a comprehensive business plan for expansion and improvement of the owner’s actual park.