Reforms From COVID-19 Could Equal Reforms In Career Paths


With unemployment at an all-time high, the laid-off are scrambling to salvage what job opportunities are available in their field of experience or reflecting on their education, expertise, and interests.

One company that is paving the way for this population seeking alternative career choices, particularly those interested in the RVing lifestyle, is the National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) in Texas.  

The National RV Training Academy. Photo via website

NRVTA is an accredited three-tier academy that offers comprehensive training for prospective RV technicians and inspectors. Students can climb the ladder of certification, ranging from registered to master. The curriculum involves the ins and outs of basic RV functionality to diagnosing and troubleshooting all systems of various RV units.

The need for RV technicians and inspectors is in high demand. Besides pursuing a sole proprietorship to inspect private sales between owners, certified technicians can work for a number of dealerships. These businesses are screaming for help as techs are fundamental in reducing an ever-present consumer hot button, repair event cycle time (RECT).

In Layman’s terms, this is the amount of time it takes an RV owner’s unit to be repaired and returned. Many customers experience a lag time of over a month because dealerships are scrambling for an inspector/tech to perform the required diagnostics.

Terry Cooper owns and operates NRVTA’s fully functioning facility located on the grounds of Texan RV Park in Athens. The school, dubbed the Big Red School House, includes a layout of classrooms and service bays so students can receive both textbook and hands-on education.

Until the CDC’s social distancing regulations are lifted, however, Cooper is temporarily converting in-class sessions to online live streaming seminars. Hands-on training at the facility will follow once they have been given the green light.

Interested parties can learn more about this program by visiting https://nrvta.com/.

Natalie Henley

Natalie Flores-Henley and her husband, Levi Henley, workamp around the country in their 26-foot motorhome. Along with writing for RV magazines, they recently published their first book together, Seasonal Workamping for a Living: How We Did It. They share their experiences and RV-related tips on their own blog henleyshappytrails.com as well as videos on their YouTube Channel, also called Henley's Happy Trails.

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