The Distance Learning RV Technician Training Program, offered online by Northampton Community College (NCC) in partnership with the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) and based on the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) textbook and curriculum, is entering its eighth consecutive semester.
According to a press release, the program currently has 24 students enrolled and has produced five certified technicians, four of which became master certified.
“This learning environment really works,” said Gary Bunzer, renowned “RV Doctor” and instructor for the program. “But it’s extremely gratifying to see the results manifested in this manner.”
The program is offering several courses over the summer including “Introduction to RV Service,” beginning July 24 and running through Aug. 26.
The course focuses on the history of recreation vehicles, the various tools and equipment used to service the vehicles, shop safety, industry codes and standards, customer service and proper record keeping.
The RV courses are administered three per semester using the Blackboard learning platform. The discussion board feature of the Blackboard technology is where most of the “conversations” take place, seven days a week, according to Bunzer.
“As with all our courses, the discussion boards are very lively with everyone contributing to the discussions,” Bunzer says. “This is the heart of our program and the most beneficial to all students.”
The courses utilize textbooks published by RVIA and are further supported by on-line lecture notes and articles written by the instructor. Completion of all online course requirements is mandatory, as is satisfactory completion of all hands-on requirements conducted and monitored by field mentors.
The summer 2006 semester includes the following courses:
• RV Plumbing Systems – May 15-June 17
• RV Preventive Maintenance – June 19-July 22
• Introduction to RV Service – July 24-Aug. 26