With the RV market continuing its steady recovery from the recession, new-unit sales are expected to reach 335,000 this year, according to RVIA. Attendance at RV shows this season has been encouraging as more people decide it's finally time to take the plunge and buy the RV they've been dreaming of for the past five or six years.
When the retail market heats up, so too does the need for skilled technicians who can keep those dreams-on-wheels working properly. And it takes skill and training to be able to diagnose and repair RVs correctly the first time, thus ensuring that their owners become loyal repeat customers.
There are more opportunities than ever to get basic training on RV systems and to prepare for and achieve certification. The Mike Molino RV Learning Center has recently introduced a series of seven new online self-study courses that will prepare techs for every rung of the Career Ladder (Registered, Certified, and Certified Specialist). These courses' contents and practice tests are keyed to what a tech will actually encounter on the certification exams.
Another training source is Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA, which offers a comprehensive program for RV techs. Individuals can enroll in separate courses or complete the entire program for a specialized diploma. Certified techs can use the courses for recertification credits.
Yet another training resource is the Distance Learning Network, a partnership between the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. This online program gives users unlimited access to 50 RV-specific training sessions and test prep sections.
Here are the resources--now make this the year for your personal spring training season.