RV Technical Institute Releases RV-C Course For RV Technicians

Sep 7, 2023

The RV Technical Institute’s technician training curriculum is a hands-on, competency-based program designed by Institute staff and subject matter experts from the supplier, manufacturer, dealer, and independent technician realms of the RV industry. It’s the gold standard when it comes to RV technician training, providing the only industry-backed training curriculum and RV technician certification and career path. The RV Technical Institute’s curriculum serves to improve RVers’ customer experience through increasing the number of trained technicians and reducing repair event cycle time.

The newest addition to the Institute’s training curriculum is the “Introduction to RV-C” course. The class provides technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and utilize RV-CAN (RV-C), a powerful diagnostic tool used in the RV industry. Participants will learn about the basics of RV-C, its physical layer, operation, and the software tools associated with it. Through a combination of written content, video demonstrations, and practical exercises, students will gain a basic understanding of RV-C and its applications in diagnosing and troubleshooting issues in recreational vehicles.

By expanding the number of topics covered by the RV Technical Institute’s curriculum, the new RV-C course helps improve the customer experience— an objective shared by both the Institute and the wider RV industry. Experts from across the industry collaborated to share their resources and knowledge, ultimately creating a comprehensive RV-C course. The course was initially requested and outlined by the RV Industry Association's RV-C Committee.

“The RV Industry Association launched the class after recognizing a need for it in the RV industry,” notes Bill Stewart, the RV Technical Institute’s Director of Education and one of the RV-C course’s architects. “The course was developed with the help of many different vendors and manufacturers, including Silverleaf, Firefly, Spider, Jayco, THOR Industries, and Forest River. They gave their inputs, their videos, and their training aids that they use for teaching.”

“Launching the RV-C course with the RV Technical Institute was a great collaborative experience with our industry,” adds Bryan Ritchie, the RV Industry Association’s Vice President of Standards and another designer of the course. “This introductory training to RV-C was challenging to assemble, as RV-C protocol brings various products together on a common level to perform many functions. So, working on content for this course brought together many industry members to make it possible.”

The RV-C course’s learning objectives, among others, include defining the purpose of RV-C as a diagnostic tool in the RV industry; describing the physical layer of RV-C, including the wiring system, signals, and distribution boards; and troubleshooting common communication problems in RV-C networks.

The $100 course is now available. Completed entirely online, the six-hour course is fulfils credit hours needed towards Level 3 certification for electrical specialty.

Learn more about the RV-C course here.