What is apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a workplace-based training program that teaches people the skills they need in the trades to achieve competencies and perform tasks to the industry standard. The training combines alternating periods of on-the-job (80 to 85%) and technical training (15 to 20%).
Requirements for each trade vary, but most trades require six to ten weeks of technical training each year. On average, RV service technician technical training spans 8 weeks per period of training. Technical training can occur at a college, a private training institute, or online. While attending technical training, apprentices may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits. While most apprenticeship programs are four years in length, the RV service technician apprenticeship program is three years. Once the apprentice completes the required technical training and on-the-job work experience hours or modules, the apprentice can write the exam for the Certificate of Qualification for a particular province/territory. There are many benefits to this form of training including certification, earn while you learn, good pay and exciting career opportunities.
Apprenticeship programs are currently offered in BC and Alberta. RV service technician is a designated trade in most provinces in Canada and also a Red Seal trade. Therefore, it is a great advantage to become a registered apprentice and ultimately, a certified journeyperson.
With an excellent training opportunity and prospect for advancement, RV service technician apprentices complete the program with job-ready skills and little debt when compared to graduates in a non-skilled-trades program. With 14% of Canadian households owning an RV, there is a great demand for qualified, competent RV service technicians.
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