Training Providers

 Okanagan College (British Columbia)

 

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Overview of apprenticeship pathway

 

Foundation program

This 28-week program has been designed to take a student with little or no previous experience and supply him/her with the necessary skills to seek employment as an apprentice RV Service Technician. The program exposes the student to many aspects of servicing and repairs in the RV repair trade with a focus on developing practical skills. Graduates of this program will receive credit for Level 1 Apprenticeship technical training and may also be granted practical credit from the Industry Training Authority.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • One of: English 10, English 10 First Peoples, an equivalent intermediate level Adult Basic Education English course, or an ABLE reading comprehension score of at least 77%.
  • Math requirement: Students graduating from secondary school prior to 2012: Mathematics 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education Mathematics course, or an ABLE mathematics score of at least 63%.
  • Students entering Grade 10 after 2010 and/or completing the new mathematics curriculum must have one of the following:

Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11

Foundations of Mathematics 11

Pre-Calculus 11

Equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education Mathematics course

ABLE mathematics score of at least 63%.

 

Apprenticeship Program

Admission Requirements

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC.
  • Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a journeyperson RV Service Technician.
  • The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up an agreement for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and ITA.
  • For information on becoming an Apprentice or to schedule your technical training, visit the OC Apprenticeship Office.

Program Outline

Unit 1: Applied Mathematics
Unit 2: Tools and Equipment
Unit 3: Work Behaviour
Unit 4: Workplace Safety
Unit 5: Basic Propane
Unit 6: Basic Electrical Systems
Unit 7: Hitching Systems
Unit 8: Water Systems
Unit 9: Chassis and Under Carriage
Unit 10: Brake Systems
Unit 11: Camper, Camperette and Canopy Systems
Unit 12: Appliances
Unit 13: Pre-delivery Inspections

Unit 1: Exterior Construction
Unit 2: Accessories
Unit 3: Safety Accessories
Unit 4: Electrical
Unit 5: Appliances
Unit 6: Propane
Unit 7: Computer Training
Unit 8: Interior Construction

Unit 1: Hydraulics
Unit 2: Slide-out Systems
Unit 3: Leveling Systems
Unit 4: Appliances
Unit 5: Parts and Merchandising
Unit 6: Motorhomes
Unit 7: Electrical Systems
Unit 8: Accessories
Unit 9: Freon Refrigeration
Unit 10: Generators
Unit 11: Invoicing, Estimating and Flat Rate
Unit 12: Fold down Campers and Trailers

The Recreation Vehicle Service apprentice will write the Interprovincial Examination on the last day of the level 3 technical training.  Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification along with the Interprovincial Endorsement (Red Seal).  The Interprovincial Endorsement is recognized across Canada.

Complete program details

Training Schedule

 

SAIT Polytechnic (Alberta)

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Apprenticeship Program

 

Step 1: Find an Employer

  • Conduct a standard job search using online job posting sites
  • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for an apprenticeship position
  • If an employer says they are not hiring, ask if they know of another company that is.

More job searching resources are available on the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website.

 

Step 2: Complete the Apprenticeship Application and Contract

  • Complete the online Apprenticeship Application and Contract.
  • There is a $35 application fee required for apprenticeship training applications. Fees are non-refundable.
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for training in an apprenticeships program.
  • An Alberta Student Number (ASN) is required to apply for all programs and services.

 

Step 3: Consider How to Finance Your Education

Although you earn a wage for every day you are on the job, depending on your circumstances, you may need student aid to help finance your post-secondary education. Registered apprentices in Alberta may be eligible for financial assistance.

The graduate of the Recreational Vehicle Service Technician apprenticeship program is  a certified journeyperson who will be able to:

  • know the standards and regulations that relate to recreation vehicles
  • install, repair and maintain LP gas distribution systems and appliances
  • install, repair and maintain plumbing and electrical systems
  • be proficient in the use and maintenance of shop tools, instruments and equipment
  • install, repair & maintain exterior structural components, coverings and fixtures
  • install, repair & maintain interior components and fixtures
  • install, repair & maintain interior and exterior accessories
  • understand workplace etiquette and productivity objectives
  • know the OH&S and dangerous goods regulations as they relate to the RV Industry
  • perform assigned tasks in accordance with quality and production standards required by industry

Complete Course Outline

First period  (240 hours of training over 8 weeks)

Safety tools and shop equipment

  • Apprenticeship orientation
  • Workshop safety
  • Mathematics
  • Hand and power tools

Trailer and towing systems

  • Undercarriage
  • Hitch systems
  • Tow vehicle

12V electrical systems

  • Basic electricity
  • Battery

Fuel systems

  • Propane systems
  • Auxiliary gasoline fuelling systems

Appliances

Pre-delivery inspection

  • Checks prior to delivery
  • Clean for delivery

Cutting and heating

  • Cutting and heating with oxyacetylene

Plumbing

  • Fresh water systems
  • Waste water systems
  • Winterizing

           

Second Period (240 hours of training over 8 weeks)

Exterior structure and components

  • Body construction and fixtures
  • Estimating
  • Exterior accessories
  • Body panel repair

RV Applications

LP Gas Appliances

  • Furnaces and heating systems
  • Water heaters
  • Stoves, ranges and portable BBQs

Electrical

  • AC current
  • Generators
  • Power converters and charging systems
  • Appliance circuitry

Administration

  • Parts management
  • Work orders
  • Customer relations

Period Three (240 hours of training over 8 weeks)

Interior components

  • Cabinets, fixtures and furnishings

Slide-outs and levelling systems

  • Hydraulics
  • Slide-out systems
  • Levelling systems

Electrical

  • Appliance electrical systems
  • Electronics
  • Solar charging systems
  • Inverters

Appliances

  • Refrigerators
  • Air conditioner and heat pumps
  • Miscellaneous appliances

Motorized vehicle

  • Undercarriage
  • Suspension aids

Welding

  • MIG welding of up to 12 gauge material

Train the trainer

New developments

Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Profile

Training Calendar

Ontario College of Trades

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  • Apprentices who began their apprenticeship on the former 2003 Training Standard can complete their program using that standard.
  • Apprentices who began their apprenticeship with the March 10, 2016 version of the 690H training standard can complete their program using this standard.
  • All apprentices with initial training agreements registered on or after March 10, 2016 must be trained to the new standard.
  • On or after March 10, 2016, any apprentice who loses his or her training standard must be trained to and completed with the new standard even if they began their apprenticeship with the 2003 version.

Apprenticeship training standard log book

The Apprenticeship Training Standard Log Book identifies all the skills associated with your trade in Ontario. It is written in statements that describe how you, the apprentice, must perform each skill in order to be considered competent in that skill.

 

Subjects Total Hours Theory  Practical
Shop practices 67 28 39
Plumbing and gas systems – 1A 18 18 0
Electrical/Electronic systems 66 34 32
RV construction and appearance – 1 29 11 18
Plumbing and gas systems – 1B 24 12 12
Welding practices 1 48 18 30
Total 240 109 131

Complete Level 1 guide

 

Please note:

RV Technician apprentices must complete their RV-2 LPG certification with T.S.S.A. prior to beginning Level 2 of instruction.

RV Technician apprentices must complete their RV-1 LPG certification with T.S.S.A. prior to beginning Level 3 of instruction.

 

Subjects Total Hours Theory  Practical
Electrical/Electronic systems 2 30 15 15
Shop practices 2 12 7 5
Plumbing and gas systems 2 21 6 15
Heating, refrigeration and A/C systems 1 24 18 6
Welding practices 2 51 15 36
Towed unit systems 2 24 9 15
Accessories 1 27 14 13
RV construction and appearance 2 51 15 36
Total 240 99 141

Complete Level 2 guide

Subjects Total Theory Practical
Towed unit systems 3A 6 2 4
Shop practices 3A 12 6 6
Accessories 2 36 17 19
Towed unit systems 3B 27 9 19
Electrical/Electronic systems 3 18 10 8
Heating, refrigeration and A/C systems 2 42 25 17
Towed unit systems 3C 21 9 12
RV construction and appearance 3 54 12 42
Shop practices 3B 24 12 12
Total 240 102 138

Complete Level 3 guide