Some 316 dealership and manufacturer employees will be certified as service technicians or receive master’s certificates as a result of testing in July.
“The letters with their scores went out (this month),” said Jerry Balda, director of education for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Tests by the RVDA/RVIA Certification Board were given to 429 people July 16 at 43 independent sites nationwide. Seventy-four percent – or 316 people – passed the test, while 111 scored higher than 85% to claim a master’s certificate if they have five years experience in the industry.
“We had six sites where everybody who took the test passed, and four or five where fewer than 50% passed,” Balda said. “It’s probably a function of how that particular dealership kept the guys going to class and preparing. Across the board it was a good result.”
Certification with continuing education requirements is valid for five years.
Wednesday afternoon classes via satellite or the Internet to prepare techs for next summer’s certification test are to begin Sept. 21, with advanced and product specific courses scheduled for a date to be determined in October.
Companies offering brand-specific training this year on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are KVH Inc., Onan Corp. Kwikee/Power Gear, Winegard Co., Xantrex Technology Inc., Dometic Corp., Suburban Manufacturing Co., RV Products, Winnebago Industries Inc., Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Coachmen RV Co. LLC, Home and Park Motorhomes and Monaco Coach Corp.