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           The RV Absorption Refrigeration course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Jan. 5 and runs through Feb. 8.

According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

This is the appliance that causes the most confusion – how to use heat to make cold. The theory of absorption and associated processes are fine-tuned and presented in a way that makes this sometimes perplexing device a little easier to understand. Like the other LP appliances studied, individual component testing and replacement is accomplished as well as an understanding of all operational ills on each energy source employed by the RV refrigerator.

Tuition cost for the RV Absorption Refrigeration course is $297 per student. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 40 RV technician recertification hours.

Participants simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and qualifies for recertification hours. Students receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the course. The program is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

Those who complete the entire program will earn a specialized diploma from Northampton Community College. Students not wishing to obtain the specialized diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the specialized diploma will be prepared to test for the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician with the RVDA/RVIA RV Service Technicians Certification Board.

To register for the courses, click here. Go to “View Catalog” under “Center for Business and Industry (CBI), then select “Technical and Trades.” Search for the course and follow registration procedure. Call (610) 861-5390 if you have any problems with registration.

To purchase the textbooks required for the course ($25.95 includes shipping), contact [email protected] or call (888) 303-2887. The courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.