The RVDA/RVIA Certification Board will begin awarding patches and chevrons to technicians who pass written tests administered at dealerships to show proficiency in specific repairs.

The patch/chevron program will not be part of the certification, but will be an adjunct to it, said Jerry Balda, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s director of Education.

“If you have an LP chevron, it will mean you’ve gone through the LP training in the process of your certification,” Balda said. “It will not mean that you are certified.”

To receive a patch, a technician must complete the individual training and testing in each chevron subject.

The certification board in June appropriated $30,000 to begin the patch/chevron program and expects to have the first test developed by the end of the year.

“One of the reasons we are being careful not to connect chevrons to certification is that the test is going be administered through the dealership,” said board Chairman Jim Fogdall, president of Ace Fogdall Inc., Cedar Falls, Iowa. “We want to acknowledge what the technician has completed, but we are not willing, from a legal standpoint, to certify his capabilities.”

The first test will be on LP gas and will include several dozen questions. Fogdall said. There are 10 or so questions on the certification test that might pertain to LP gas. “It will be a more comprehensive test relative to the chevron class.”

Fogdall said the board expects to develop home-study training materials and tests for those seeking to earn the RV technician service patch. Areas of study will include, electrical systems pre-delivery inspection mechanical systems, patch and an array of other specialties.