rvsa_locationRecreational Vehicle Service Academy (RVSA) 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 Master RV Technician.

Our RV technician school offers the most complete curriculum in the industry, ranging from basic RV electricity and repair to advanced AC/DC electricity, generators, furnaces, refrigerators, air conditioning,* accessories, water heaters, water systems, hitches, brakes, wiring, ranges & ovens, body repair, leveling systems, slides and PDI training.

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 RV repair technicians.

Course Study

Our course of study to complete the certification program is 10 weeks, eight hours per day, five days a week. Courses are held four times per year starting in January, March, June, and September. More than 60 percent of your time will involve hands-on training, where you’ll learn 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.
  • 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.
  • Slides: Lippert (LCI) & Schwintek.

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.

Preliminary Application Fee $50.00
Enrollment Fee $100.00
Course Tuition $5,996.00
TOTAL COST $6,146.00*

*Since we are Licensed and Approved for VA Training, our tuition cannot be changed without permission from these agencies. This does not include the Application Fee (non-refundable (Catalog page 16)).

2021 School Calendar 

Start Dates*

Graduation Dates*

(10-Week Course)


March 22, 2021 May 28, 2021
September 13, 2021 November 19, 2021
January 3, 2022 March 11, 2022

*all dates are subject to change at the discretion of the RVSA Director with proper notification

A Lifetime of Employment Opportunities

Since opening, our graduate employment rate has been 100 percent. With the “Boomers” reaching their leisure age, the prospect for technicians serving the industry either as employees or self-employed is excellent. In fact, more then 60 percent of our graduates are either retirees or full timers. The RV service industry provides great jobs for the mechanically-minded, good jobs for veterans, etc.


We are located in our own training facilities in the heart of sunny Florida at:

RV Service Academy

1012 10th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221