Service Tech Board Eliminates Specialty Certifications

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The RV Service Technician Certification Governing Board is eliminating specialty certifications for RV technicians following recent action, the RV Dealers Association said in a news release.

Meeting on May 24, the board voted unanimously for the motion to end Specialty Certifications, often referred to as the “right side of the career ladder.”

This action was taken due to low participation in the Specialty Certifications since they began in 2012, according to the release. The specialties were plumbing, appliances, electrical systems, chassis and body. Traditional RV technician certification remains unchanged.

The Specialty online prep courses will be re-purposed as Continuing Education classes or can be used for certification or master prep when training is only needed in a specific area.

These courses will be renumbered for ease of tracking. The old Specialty Cert Prep courses are open for registration only until June 30 (expiring June 30, 2017) to coincide with the deadlines above. The new course numbers will begin to be available July 1.

Anyone wishing to pursue certification on the right side of the ladder and/or renew a specialty certification must do so by June 30. The board agreed on the following provisions to accommodate individuals currently pursuing or holding any Specialty Certifications:

  • Those already pursuing master certification on the right side of the ladder must complete all sessions by June 30, 2017
  •  All specialty certifications already issued will expire on their original expiration date and no renewals will be available.
  • The last possible date a specialty certification will be issued is June 30, 2017, meaning all Specialties will expire by June 30, 2022.
  • Anyone who has ever held a specialty certification will be exempt from the requirement to take the Registered test.

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