Technicians get hands-on instruction at Trouble Shooter Clinic

Nearly 100 RV service technicians are participating in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Trouble Shooter Clinic, taking place Feb. 27 – March 1 in South Bend, Ind.

According to a press release, the program helps technicians build their skills through the new track-focused format that features more hands-on diagnostic training on the major RV systems.

This is the second Trouble Shooter Clinic with the revised format that offers tracks covering Foundation, Chassis, Power Sources and Appliances. Tracks are offered independently, providing technicians the ability to receive training suited to their individual needs and job focus. Attendance in the Chassis, Power Sources and Appliances tracks requires technicians to be certified or have previously attended the Foundation track. Those that attended a Trouble Shooter Clinic within the last two years are also eligible to attend.

The Foundation track is open to all technicians and covers basic RV knowledge, including propane, electrical, plumbing, pre-delivery inspection, preventative maintenance, and fire, life and safety topics. The Foundation track is at full capacity at this week’s Trouble Shooter Clinic.

“We are very encouraged by the strong participation in this week’s Trouble Shooter Clinic, which is the second trial with the new format change,” said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA’s vice president of Standards and Education. “The reaction to the track-based curriculum from the industry has been very positive, and we look forward to enhancing this approach for future clinics.”

RVIA reorganized the Trouble Shooter Clinics to align the popular training sessions with the new RV Technician Career Ladder that was introduced last fall to provide technicians with two paths to technician certification. The new track format is more customizable to a technician’s specific needs, limits the time needed to participate in the training, and offers more class time and smaller class sizes. In addition, technicians can earn continuing education credits toward recertification while limiting the time away from the shop.