Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
The Recreation Vehicle Service Technician trade is designated under the Red Seal program. Designated trades indicate that training and certification is based on national standards. Inter-provincial qualifications enable journey persons to work anywhere in Canada without writing additional exams. Apprentices in the Red Seal trade have exclusive access to federal grants.
There is no other skilled trade like the Recreation Vehicle Service Technician. They are certified to work on all the components, appliances, cabinetry, painting and slide-out mechanisms found in the RV except the engine. This requires knowledge in at least 12 different trade areas.
Training & Curriculum – Pathway to Apprenticeship
To complete an apprenticeship training program individuals must become members of the Ontario College of Trades (the College), and remain active for the duration of their apprenticeship.
After completing an apprenticeship, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) issues a Certificate of Apprenticeship.
Upon passing the trade’s certification examination and meeting the College’s registration requirements, individuals may apply to become certified and registered as a journey person in the trade. In Ontario, the trade is part of the Interprovincial Red Seal Program — the national standard for the trade across Canada — under the title Recreational Vehicle Service Technician: www.red-seal.ca.
Apprenticeships involve practical training provided by a skilled worker, or trainer on-the-job . The skills or competencies to be developed are set out by the trade’s Apprenticeship Training Standard and are recognized by the industry as essential to the practice of the trade.
As individuals hone their skills their sponsor or trainer certifies that the apprentice has met the training objectives and demonstrates the skills required of a journey person in the trade.
In Ontario, recreation vehicles refers to vehicles designed as mobile accommodation or self-propelled mobile accommodation and used as transportation. It also includes a cabin trailer, collapsible cabin trailer, tent trailer and camping trailer.
Recreation Vehicle Technicians in Ontario typically also hold a gas certification under the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.
To complete their apprenticeship, a Recreation Vehicle Service Technician must complete 6,280 hours of on the job training.
A Recreation Vehicle Technician apprenticeship includes three levels of theoretical training, which includes but is not limited to instruction in:
- shop practices
- LPG systems
- electrical and electronic systems
- RV construction and appearance
- plumbing and gas systems
- welding practices
- towed unit systems
- heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems
Because there are currently no Training Delivery Agents delivering the in-school blocks for this trade in Ontario, upon completion of the on-the job hours/competencies, registered apprentices can request a Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) from their local Ministry office to complete their apprenticeship.
Registering an Apprentice:
- Contact the Ministry: Apprentices should register with the local apprenticeship office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. They must complete the following forms:
- Application for Apprenticeship Training
- Registered Training Agreement (RTA)
This process can be started online on the Ministry’s website here.
A list of local Ministry offices is available on the College website here.
- Complete College Membership: Once registered with the Ministry, the apprentice must complete a College membership application in order for the RTA to remain active.
The College application information will be sent by mail to the apprentice and is also available online here.
- Annual Membership: Membership with the College should be renewed annually for the Registered Training Agreement to remain active.
Financial Resources for RV Technician Apprentices and Sponsors:
There are a variety of grants, incentives and tax credits available for sponsors and apprentices participating in the apprenticeship for RV technician. The following lists the grants, incentives and tax credits available for RV Technician:
For the Apprentice:
- Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
- Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)
- Canada Apprentice Loan
- Loans for Tools
- Support to Non EI eligible apprentices
- Apprenticeship Scholarship
For the Sponsor:
- Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC)
- Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)
- Apprenticeship Completion Employer Bonus
- Employer Signing Bonus
The link to the financial incentives list can be found here on the College website.
A list of financial resources for employers can be found here
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