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           The RV Ranges and Cooktops course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Oct. 27 and runs through Nov. 23.

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 second of the four LP appliances, the RV range is broken down into its two main components, the stove and oven and each delineated further. Thermostat operation as well as flame structure is analyzed and studied. As with all LP appliances, safety precautions are continually emphasized. The importance of air to fuel ratios, applicable to all LP appliances, are identified and exemplified during this course.

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.

Tuition cost for the RV Ranges and Cooktops course is $137 per student. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 18 RV technician recertification 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 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.