About Recreational Vehicle Service Academy (RVSA)

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Recreational Vehicle Service AcademyAbout RVSA
The saying ‘action causes reaction’ has never been more true since I attended RVSA to become a certified RV technician.RVSA Campus

Recreational Vehicle Service Academy has been preparing and certifying technicians for practice since 1986. Located in sunny Palmetto, Florida, our 5,600 sq. ft. training facility houses state-of-the-art repair equipment and practicing, veteran instructors. To our credit, virtually all short-term RV training schools have modeled their program after ours.

Our instruction is hands-on, our class size is small (maximum of 18) and our instructors are, quite simply, true professionals with the natural ability to teach. Upon graduation, therefore, you will be Certified as an RV Technician. After one year of documented service in the field your certification will be upgraded to a Master RV Technician.

We offer the most complete curriculum in the industry from the two week basic course to Advanced AC/DC Electricity, Generators, Furnaces, Refrigerators, Air Conditioning,** Accessories, Water Heaters, Water Systems, Hitches, Brakes, Wiring, Ranges & Ovens and Body Repair.

Highly Qualified Staff at RVSA

Our Director, Dr. Tom Santoro, has dedicated a lifetime to education. He served as a public school administrator before founding the RV Service Academy in 1986. His background enabled him to write the curriculum in Kinesthetic (hands-on) terms. This is the fastest, most effective way to teach technicians.

Matt Anderson, our head instructor, is a 2003 graduate from RVSA and has been running his own RV Mobile Service business in the southwest Florida area. He is very computer literate and has not only helped computerize our curriculum but also develops our presentation programs.

We are a certification testing center for MACS and ARI, mobile and stationary air conditioning,* and the RVDA/RVIA certification program.

Course Study

Our course of study to complete the certification program is 10 weeks - 8 hours per day and 5 days a week. Courses are held 4 times per year starting in January, April, July and September. Over 60% of your time will be involving hands-on training, learning about hundreds of appliances and devices donated by EVERY major manufacturer and supplier of RV components.

Learn skills by Hands-On training in:

  • Furnaces: Dometic, Surburban, & Atwood
  • Air Conditioners: Coleman, Duo Therm, & Carrier
  • Refrigerators: Dometic & Norcold
  • Generators: Onan, Generac, & Honda
  • Converters & Inverters: Parallax & Xantrex
  • Awnings: Falkner, Carefree, & A&E
  • Water Heaters: Atwood & Surburban
  • Ranges & Ovens: Magic Chef, Atwood, & Amana
  • Water Pumps: Shurflo, Jabsco, & Flowjet
  • Water Systems: Thetford & Sealand
  • Trailer Brakes: Dexter, Hayes, & Tekonsha

Fees & Tuition

Our complete tuition for a 10 week course, not including a $150 application fee, is $5,996. This fee includes everything except special tools and room and board. There are no extra fees.

  • Application Fee............... $ 150
  • Basic RV Repair................ $ 1,250
  • Advanced RV Repair.......... $ 4,746
  • TOTAL TUITION................ $5,996*

NOW... Financing Available to those who qualify!

*Since we are Licensed and Approved for VA Training, our tuition can not be changed without permission from these agencies. Does not include Application Fee

2011-13 School Calendar - Motorhome & Travel Trailer Repair
(Full Day Classes - 8:00am to 3:30pm)


START DATES* GRADUATION DATES*
  (10-Week Course) (16-Week Course)

2011
September 12, 2011........................................ November 18, 2011 January 6, 2012

2012
January 9, 2012............................................
March 26, 2012.............................................
September 10, 2012.........................................
March 16, 2012
June 1, 2012
November 16, 2012
April 27, 2012
July 13, 2012
January 4, 2013

2013
January 7, 2013............................................
March 25, 2013.............................................
September 9, 2013.........................................
March 15, 2013
May 31, 2013
November 15, 2013
April 27, 2013
July 12, 2013
January 7, 2014

*ALL dates are subject to change at discretion of the Director with proper notification.

A Lifetime of Employment Opportunities

Our graduate employment rate has been 100 % in 18 years. With the "Boomers" reaching their leisure age, the prospect for technicians serving the industry either as employees or self-employed is excellent. In fact, over 60% of our graduates are either retirees or full timers.

Location

We are located in on our own beautiful campus in the heart of sunny Florida at: 1012 10th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221. Click here for a map and driving directions.


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