In June 2018, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) Board of Directors approved a comprehensive strategic plan and multi-million-dollar investment to address RV owner satisfaction by creating a supporting foundation, the RV Technical Institute (RVTI), to solve the RV industry’s shortage of trained technicians and to implement metrics to track the RV customer experience.

The RV Industry Association is taking a leadership role in reducing the repair event cycle times for consumers seeking to repair and maintain their RVs, by working to increase the number of trained RV technicians. The institute will focus on the creation of world-class RV technician training curriculum that will be standardized nationally by utilizing industry subject matter experts in conjunction with professional curriculum developers and technical writers.

The institute will launch in early 2019 in Elkhart, IN. Curriculum and credentialing development are already underway.


Current Education Events

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 a future RV technician credential or training credit.

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Tech Academy

Tech Academy is hands-on, comprehensive training on troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing and replacing popular RV components. Technicians may receive this training in March 2019 in Salt Lake City during RVX: The RV Experience. Created for technicians and service and parts managers, these popular, extensive training sessions will occur on Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 14 in the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. Tech Academy consists of half day and full day technical training sessions hosted by leading supplier experts in the RV industry.

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Tech Academy Training

Top Tech Challenge

The RV Industry Association’s newly formed RV Technical Institute will play host to the Second Annual Top Tech Challenge, slated for 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 13th at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. The competition, a featured event during RVX: The RV Experience, will pit eight of the best service techs in the country against each other in a winner-take-all scenario for the title of Top Tech and $10,000 cash prize to be shared by the tech and their dealership. Nominations to compete are now open!

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