Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Foundation

Learn the necessary skills to become an apprentice RV Service Technician. Take practical hands-on classes in the use of proper tools, systems and safety-related activities as they pertain to the maintenance of recreation vehicles. Students will participate in a work placement, that will introduce students to real workplace environments, as well as provide perspectives to industry standards and expectations.

Okanagan College offers the only entry-level Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Foundation program in Canada.

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  • Kelowna
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Tuition and fees

2024-25: $5,117.59

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.

  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.

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Program details

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Foundation and General Interest:

This 31-week (950 hour) 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 repair 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 550 hours practical credit from SkilledTradesBC.

There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade, please review the physical activities of the program and the recommended student characteristics as listed below. Okanagan College strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience disability related academic barriers (including mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please contact Accessibility Services at your campus so that you can privately discuss options.
Physical activities of the trade:

  • Lift and carry tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to approximately 10 kgs.
  • Lift, carry, hold and operate hand, air and power tools from floor level to above shoulders
  • Stand on concrete and asphalt for extended periods of time
  • Bend, stoop, kneel and crawl to perform various tasks

 Recommended student characteristics:

  • Good general health and respiratory condition
  • Capable of doing physical work
  • Physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy equipment and materials 
  • Ability to tolerate noise and vibration
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Satisfactory eyesight, line, form and depth perception

Textbooks and supplies required for students in the Recreation Vehicle Service Technician program:

  • RV Service Technician Foundation/Level 1 Package: $54
  • ISBN 281099454015B RV Technical Package: $700
  • Z240 RV Series-14 Recreation Vehicle (this code book is available as a PDF download at $100

5% GST is not included in price. Price is subject to change.

All RV Students must register for a propane refueller's course with Okanagan College ($75.00) and purchase the following components as a set from the RV Department:

  1. Materials for tailgate tester box $40
  2. 70% valve for propane cylinder $25
  3. Materials for slack tube manometer $10

Total: $75.00 + $78.75 (includes 5% GST) = $153.75

Payment will be due by the start of class, with online payment details provided in the Class Information email sent out a week prior to the program start.

Other required supplies
  • a Windows 11, 10 or 8 laptop or Chromebook (OS 88 or higher) with camera capable of loading Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor for assessments
  • CSA-approved steel toed boots
  • coveralls
  • Hearing protection (ear plugs/ear muffs)

Government-issued picture ID is required to write the provincial and national exams: driver's licence, photo ID or valid passport. Student ID cards are not acceptable.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math admission requirement within the last seven years, and/or do not meet the English admission requirement, must write the TEA Math and/or English test. Both of the assessments are online, multiple-choice and timed. Applicants are allotted 1 hour to complete each section (2 hours for both). A practice assessment and study resources are offered to all applicants who register to write the TEA.  Calculators are not allowed while completing the Math section; applicants who are observed to use a calculator of any sort will receive a grade of zero.  Applicants who do not achieve the minimum passing requirement on their initial attempt, are offered a second attempt at no additional cost after a two-week study period. 

Please ensure you write the assessment, and any required re-writes, prior to the deadline for admissions requirements provided by the Registrar’s office. For more information or to register for the Trades Entrance Assessment, click here. Further questions can be directed to the Trades and Apprenticeship office at

Please note: Applicants who successfully completed the ABLE test at Okanagan College within the two years prior to application for admission shall have their results accepted as equivalent to the Trades Entrance Assessment. 

The textbook list above was current at the time it was posted and may be used for initial planning purposes. Please check back with the bookstore 2 weeks before your program starts under Current Book List for a final, updated list of book titles and prices, and to order!

Textbooks available online only at OC Campus Store. If you have any questions, call 250-862-5638 or email

It takes approximately two to three business days to fill the online orders, please be sure to purchase the necessary items prior to the 1st day of class.


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.
  • English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives.

  • Math requirement:

    • A minimum of 50% in any of:

      • Pre-calculus Grade 11

      • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11

      • Workplace Mathematics 11

      • Principles of Mathematics 11

      • Applications of Mathematics 11

      • Essentials of Mathematics 11

      • Adult Basic Education MATH 011

      • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085

      • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

    • Or a minimum of 63% on the Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.
    • Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 63%.

Program outline

RVST 100 - Perform Safety-Related Activities
RVST 101 - Use Tools, Equipment
RVST 102 - Perform Common Work Practices
RVST 103 - Service Water Systems
RVST 104 - Service Electrical Systems
RVST 105 - Service Liquid Petroleum (LP) Gas Systems
RVST 106 - Service Water Heaters
RVST 107 - Service Furnaces
RVST 108 - Service Cooktops and Ovens
RVST 109 - Service Refrigerators
RVST 110 - Service Air Conditioners(A/C), Refrigeration and Heat Pumps
RVST 111 - Service Chassis and Mechanical Components
RVST 112 - Service Towing Systems
RVST 113 - Industry Work Placement
RVST 114 - Final Exam
  • RVST 113 Industry Work Placement students must receive a "Pass" grade. Minimum passing grade is a GGA of seventy per cent (70%).

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