When will the institute open?

The institute will be open by autumn of 2019 however; the institute’s courses will be launched to technicians in early 2019. The team is on schedule to have Level One training ready for RV Technical Institute. Trainers are set to pilot test the first week of December through January 2019. Data will be gathered from the session and used to assist in finalizing the first National Curriculum for RV Technical Institute Level One technicians. Once completed, the new curriculum will be distributed nationwide.

Who is developing the curriculum?

The RV Technical Institute staff is working with a team consisting of 16 subject matter experts from the supplier, manufacturer, dealer and independent technician realms of the RV industry. These subject matter experts, along with professional curriculum developers and technical writers, identified the key areas of required knowledge and expertise needed to develop a well-rounded, practical training and certification program. 

Where is the RV Technical Institute located?

An announcement on the location is expected in mid-December. The team has been investigating a number of potential locations and sites and will soon be selecting the best option in the coming weeks.

When will the institute open?

The institute will launch in early 2019 in Elkhart, IN. Curriculum and credentialing development are already underway. In addition to hands-on and theory-based training, the institute is implementing a new learning management system and technician database as a part of the process. This will help standardize the process and allow technicians to track all of their education regardless of the location and time that they received it.

Where can I get trained now and will it carry over?

TnT Supplier Component Training and Registered Technician training will continue to be offered during the build-out of the institute’s new curriculum and credentialing program. Dealers and technicians should continue to look at the training section of the RV Industry Association website for upcoming TnT trainings by clicking here. Credit for training completed at any time in the past or during the current transition period will be mapped to the future state RV technician credentialing.

How will training and credentials be tracked?

The institute will implement and manage a new nationally accessible learning management system for all technicians across the U.S. that will track their training and credentials. This move is the first step in professionalizing the careers of credentialed technicians. The system will serve as a tool to validate the training and expertise that these skilled techs possess and presents a solution to nationally recognizing and standardizing these unique qualifications. Dealers will also have access to this database to track their employees’ credentials and stay abreast of new opportunities and programs for their employees that will allow dealerships to better serve their RV customers.

What Should A Dealer or Tech Do if they want training now?

TnT Supplier Component Training and Registered Technician training will continue to be offered during the build-out of the institute’s new curriculum and credentialing program. Dealers and technicians should continue to look at the training section of the RV Industry Association website for upcoming TnT trainings by clicking here. Credit for training completed at any time in the past or during the current transition period will be mapped to the future state RV technician credentialing.

Is TnT Supplier Component Training Going Away?

While it will no longer be branded as TnT, supplier component training will continue to be a major focus for the institute; the institute will be keeping the pieces that are currently working in the TnT program and fixing the things that don’t.

The reimagined program incorporates the feedback we’ve received from suppliers, technicians and dealers about the areas that are working the best and the pieces of TnT that have not been performing as well. Supplier stakeholders are excited about revamping technician training because the current system can be adjusted and corrected. We expect the supplier component training offered by the institute will be the best of all possible approaches and we will be well positioned to adjust and implement necessary changes to meet our member and technician.

Why Become a Certified RV Service Technician?

With record numbers of RVs being produced and sold to an ever-expanding demographic of RV consumers, it is more important than ever that RV buyers know that there are efficient, well-trained technicians available to keep their RVs safe and operational within reasonable repair cycle time-frames. Recognizing that the need is urgent and must be addressed, the RV Industry Association developed a comprehensive strategic plan for increasing technical training, certification and employment in anticipation of making a significant investment in reinventing RV tech recruitment and training. 

We have created a range of flexible program options for individuals seeking certification, additional education and those looking to become an RV technician.  The industry agrees that properly trained and certified technicians that can quickly diagnose and repair RVs and their components increase their earning potential and add greater value to the dealerships where they are employed.