Online Water Heater Course Starts Feb. 13

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There are three weeks remaining until the RV Water Heater course begins Feb. 13. It will run through March 12.

The online program, which is run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of RV maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. It is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

Students will simply log on to access lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes, and an instructor, as well as other students that they can chat with. This allows students to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility, reports the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association.

The program is approved by RVIA and qualifies for recertification hours. Students will receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the course. Those who complete the entire program will earn a Specialized Diploma from Northampton Community College and will be prepared to test for the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician with the RV Industry Association.

However, students may enroll in individual courses as desired.

Course Details

RV Water Heater Course – RVTNC108.4

Recertification Hours: 28 hours

Cost: $280

Textbook: $25.95 (PRVCA to give employees of members a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks)

Focus: Identifying the various types of RV water heaters and their individual components and the proper installation procedures of them. Operational problems are then dissected and repair procedures are studied to perfection. 

Students will effectively be able to:

  • Identify the different water heater types
  • Explain the theory of operation and combustion
  • Obtain model specifications
  • Identify the advantage of a heat exchange and verify flow 
  • Identify special tools and their use
  • Identify related terminology  
  • Identify components and their functions
  • Diagnose common operational problems and determine causes
  • Repair and/or replace faulty components
  • Determine interchangeability of models
  • Install water connection
  • Determine AC and DC electrical requirements and connect
  • Determine LP requirements and connect
  • Verify proper operation
  • Perform preventive maintenance procedures
  • Identify and apply codes and standards

To purchase the textbook required for the course ($25.95–includes shipping), contact or call 888-303-2887. The courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. Upcoming courses to look for: RV Heating Systems: Feb. 27– March 26 RV Brakes, Suspension, and Towing Systems: March 20–April 16 RV Generators: April 3–May 14


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