There was some good news this past week regarding the crisis over a severe shortage of RV technicians across the USA. The shortage is forcing thousands of RVers at any one time to wait for a service appointment for weeks or even months for service to be completed on their vehicle.
The good news is the National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) celebrated the first anniversary of completing its inaugural class at the newly constructed Big Red Schoolhouse in Athens, Texas. The first class, a basic RV maintenance course, began Oct. 29, 2018, with 19 students and finished earlier this month.
The RV Industry Association (RVIA), the major RV trade organization, only recently opened its first technical training school after many years of talking about it. It has yet to graduate its first student.
The National RV Training Academy is a privately run, 15,000-square-foot facility with five classrooms and three service bays with overhead observation areas for students to view work performed on RV roofs. It’s adjacent to the Texan RV Park, which allows students to live in their own RVs or rent a cabin while attending classes.
A total of 419 students have completed training. Seventy-one later passed the exam to become registered RV technicians with the RV Industry Association and RV Dealers Association. Another 13 students completed all five weeks of training and passed the exam to become RVIA/RVDA-certified technicians.
“We are pleased with our first-year results,” said NRVTA Director Terry Cooper. “With the RV industry clamoring for trained technicians, we feel our courses are helping alleviate the critical need for technicians. I believe the tide is turning and America is waking up to the need for trained technicians and the myriad of opportunities available to people who complete that training.
“A number of our students who completed five weeks of training were hired right out of school to become RV technicians at dealerships, while the rest opted to go into business for themselves as mobile RV technicians.”