Officials overseeing the RV industry’s new satellite training program are pleased with the results of August certification exams during which 101 of 133 participating techs passed the test.
“I’m very happy with the results,” said Jerry Balda, director of education for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “The scores were solid. Very few people just made it. Most of the scores were in the 80% range. It verifies that satellite training works.”
The exam was given after the first year of national satellite training offered by the Recreation Vehicle Service Training Council, which ended in June.
Balda said 37 techs scored 85% or higher on the exam, which qualifies them for master technician certification if they have five years on-the-job experience.
Enrollment through Oct. 17 for the second year of classes topped 1,200 technicians at 183 dealerships. Although new classes began Sept. 18, the RVSTC will enroll dealerships until Nov. 1.
The cost for enrollment in the 40-week, 60-hour series of classes is $1,300. Dealers also must purchase satellite receiving equipment that costs in the range of $3,000. Classes are broadcast each Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) from Lake City (Fla.) Community College, with advanced training broadcast on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time.