Recreational Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship Program

Description

A Recreation Vehicle Service Technician is a person who repairs, maintains, overhauls or modifies live-in recreation vehicles that are designed for travel. They also install and repair:

  • Interior components such as appliances, furnaces, refrigerators, water heaters, ranges and air conditioners.
  • Exterior components such as siding, windows, doors, vents, plumbing systems, electrical systems, awnings, propane gas systems, batteries and charging systems, trailer braking systems, TV antennas, light plants and hitches.

Recreation Vehicle Service Technicians also perform pre-delivery inspections on motorhomes, holiday trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, truck campers and tent trailers and are involved in fibreglass/body repairs, pinstriping and painting. A Recreation Vehicle Service Technician is designated as a Recreation Vehicle Mechanic under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. 

Generally, Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians do not repair motor or drive train components on motor homes.

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.
Program Outline

Level 1 (Part 1 = 8 weeks online, Part 2 = 8 weeks in-class)

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Work Behaviour
  • Workplace Sagety
  • Basic Propane
  • Basic Electrical Systems
  • Hitching Systems
  • Water Systems
  • Chassis and Under Carriage
  • Brake Systems
  • Camper, Camperette, and Canopy Systems
  • Appliances
  • Pre-Delivery Inspections

Level 2 (8 weeks)

  • Exterior Construction
  • Accessories
  • Safety Accessories
  • Electrical
  • Appliances
  • Propane
  • Computer Training
  • Interior Construction

Level 3 (8 weeks)​​

  • Hydraulics
  • Slideout Systems
  • Leveling Systems
  • Appliances
  • Parts and Merchandising
  • Motorhomes
  • Electrical Systems
  • Accessories
  • Freon Refrigeration
  • Generators
  • Invoicing, Estimating, and Flat Rate
  • Fold Down Campers and Trailers

Program Fees

  • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.
  • Students must supply approved safety boots and coveralls.
  • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility. 
  • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

Employment Opportunities

The Recreation Vehicle Service apprentice will write the Red Seal Examination on the last day of the level 3 technical training.  Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as an Red Seal RV Technician. The Read Seal Endorsement is recognized across Canada.

Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople, the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada.

How to Apply

Applications can be completed online here or over the phone. There is no application fee.

Click here to view the apprenticeship schedule

Program Contact

Apprenticeship Office

(250) 762-5445 (Local 4687)
Toll-Free: 1-800-621-3038 
e-mail: khearne@okanagan.bc.ca