While RV sales are increasing, the number of proficient, well-trained RV technicians has remained steady or declined across the country. With more and more Americans taking to the road to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, it’s more important than ever for the RV industry to address the shortfall of trained technicians.

To tackle this critical issue affecting RV owner satisfaction, the RV Industry Association Board of Directors approved a comprehensive strategic plan and multi-million-dollar investment creating the RV Technical Institute (RVTI). The program is tasked with reducing Repair Event Cycle Times (RECT) for consumers seeking to maintain their RVs by increasing the number of high-quality trained RV technicians.

The RECT metric can be impacted by various factors including availability and timely delivery of parts, as well as through technician training. To focus on this aspect of RECT, the institute has developed a world-class training curriculum that will be standardized nationally to develop a cadre of technicians who can diagnose and repair RVs and ultimately improve the RV consumer experience. Training will be delivered at an Elkhart campus and through accredited regional partner schools.


Want to join the cadre of technicians who can diagnose and repair RVs and ultimately improve the RV consumer experience? Visit RVTI.org to grow a career in RV service!

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Technician Path and Curriculum

The past landscape of RV technician training featured a lack of standardized, centrally managed training, no focused efforts to identify and recruit technicians to the career and no clear career path for new or existing RV technicians to follow to become proficient in the field. The RVTI curriculum is delivered through levels, courses, and modules with Level One being a PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection). Click below to find out more about the rest of the RVTI career path, curriculum and training opportunities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the RV Technical Institute located? How will my current training credentials carry over to the new RVTI standard? How will training and credentials be tracked? Find out the answers to these and more questions by clicking below!

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2020 RV Technical Institute Annual Report

Take a closer look at the numbers, challenges, successes and the individuals behind the RV Technical Institute's inaugural self-paced, online program, plus a look ahead to what the RV Technical Institute hopes to accomplish in the 2021 calendar year.

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News & Insights

Education & Training

RV Pro Sits Down With Executive Director Of The RV Technical Institute, Curt Hemmeler

The RV Technical Institute continued its mission of getting more RV technicians trained and certified in 2021, despite the challenges thrown up by COVID-19. During the year the organization was able to introduce its Level Two course, and also increased the number of Authorized Learning Partners that it has around the country, which allow students to access training out in the field...

January 12, 2022
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Kevin Phillips Scholarship Established For RV Technical Institute Training

A newly established Kevin Phillips Scholarship will provide scholarships to help cover the cost of RV technician training at the RV Technical Institute for new high school graduates, people leaving the military, or those who tried college and found it wasn’t for them. For people just entering the work force or leaving the military, training costs are just another hurdle to overcome...

January 05, 2022
Education & Training

RV Technical Institute Executive Director Curt Hemmeler Joins Capitol Talk

In this episode of RVBusiness Capitol Talk, Sherm Goldenberg and Rick Kessler are joined by Curt Hemmeler, executive director of the RV Technical Institute (RVTI). Among the topics discussed, Hemmeler lays out the RV technician recruitment goals for 2022...

January 05, 2022
Education & Training

RV Technical Institute: The Year of Recruitment

The RV industry has experienced incredible growth in 2021 and is expected to maintain that growth in 2022. In fact, the RV industry delivered 13-straight months of record shipments and a recent consumer survey revealed an astonishing 72 million Americans plan to go RVing in the next year...

January 03, 2022
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