The RV Heating Systems Service course, run by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Feb. 10 and runs through March 9. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.
The last of the four LP-burning appliances is presented in this course. Though earlier designs of RV heaters and furnaces are discussed, the main focus is on the forced air furnace. Its sophistication and compactness both contribute to its difficulty in working on one. Like the other three appliances, each component part is dissected and discussed individually, as is the furnace, as a whole. Subjects covered include furnace installation, diagnosing operational faults, repairing and testing.
Students 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 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 RVIA.
Tuition cost for RV Heating Systems Service is $220. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 32 RV Technician Recretification hours.
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 course and follow registration procedure. Call (610) 861-5390 if you have any problems with registration.
To purchase the textbooks required for the course, contact [email protected] or call (888) 303-2887. The courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.