Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 11.21.49 AMThe Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle & Camping Education Foundation (PRVCEF) announced availability for an upcoming RV water heater system service course.

The online course begins July 13 and runs through Aug. 9.  The online rogram, which is run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

Students 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 diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the diploma will be prepared to test for the RV service technician or a master certified RV service technician with RVIA.

Course Details:
RV Water Heater System Service (RVTNC108.2)
Tuition Cost: $209 per student.
Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course.
Textbook Cost: $25.95 (contact [email protected] to order).
RV Technician Recertification Hours: 28.

Identifying the various types of RV water heaters and their individual components moves quickly into the proper installation procedures. Operational problems are then dissected and repair procedures are studied to perfection. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

  • Identify the different water heater types.
  • Explain the theory of operation and combustion.
  • Obtain model specifications.
  • Identify the advantage of a heat exchange and verify flow.
  • Identify special tools and their use.
  • Identify related terminology.
  • Identify components and their functions.
  • Diagnose common operational problems and determine causes.
  • Repair and/or replace faulty components.
  • Determine interchangeability of models.
  • Install water connection.
  • Determine AC and DC electrical requirements and connect.
  • Determine LP requirements and connect.
  • Verify proper operation.
  • Perform preventive maintenance procedures.
  • Identify and apply codes and standards.

To register, go to:  lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/

Click on View Catalog under Center for Business and Industry (CBI). Click on Technical and Trades. Search for course and follow registration procedure.

Call 610-861-5390 if you have problems with registration.

To purchase the textbook required for the course ($25.95 – includes shipping), contact [email protected] or call 888-303-2887. The course’s materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.  Scholarships are also available. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

The PRVCEF also has an upcoming RV electrical systems service course from July 27 – Sept. 20.