Overview

Learn to install, repair and maintain interior and exterior components on motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, truck campers, tent trailers and van conversions.

Do you like a variety of hands-on work, have an aptitude for mechanical and electronic work and problem solving? The Recreational Vehicle (RV) Service Technician trade offers training that develops one of the most diverse applied skill sets in North America.

You’ll gain a wide array of skills making you a “jack of all trades” as the program integrates portions of 27 other certified trades in Alberta. It’s also the only RV program in Alberta that aligns with the apprenticeship model.

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT’s programs. You must be able to read, write and understand English at a level exceeding basic conversational English to be successful in this program. This trade is ideal for personalities suited for diverse troubleshooting and repair challenges.

After you successfully complete this program, you may choose to continue your training as an apprentice. Once indentured by an employer, you may register for SAIT's Recreational Vehicle Service Technician apprenticeship program.

You may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year apprenticeship.

In this program, you will spend four weeks working in a recreational vehicle (RV) service shop, applying knowledge gathered in the program and gaining practical experience related to workplace procedures, techniques and culture.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT pre-employment certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

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Courses

The Pre-Employment Recreational Vehicle Service Technician certificate requires 16.5 credits (7 courses) to complete.

Course Credits

In this course, you will learn to service propane systems for the recreation vehicle. You will explore various propane system components and operations. You will learn to identify leaks, how to perform a leak and pressure test, and understand operations to make safe physical connections on propane systems.

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The work integrated learning (WIL) component of the Pre-Employment RV Service Technician program offers you the opportunity to gain valuable real-world industry experience within course time. You will spend four weeks working in a recreational vehicle (RV) service shop, applying knowledge gathered in the program and gain practical experience related to workplace procedures, techniques and culture.

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In this course, you will learn about direct current (DC) electrical theory and systems for the recreation vehicle. You will learn the theory of how to service DC electrical systems and perform battery service and boosting.

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This course explores plumbing systems and accessories for the recreation vehicle. You will discuss procedures for servicing potable water systems, wastewater systems, how to winterize and de-winterize plumbing systems as well as the specifics involved with holding tank monitoring systems. Procedures for installing appliance operations and accessories for the recreation vehicle will also be discussed. This includes the theory related to interior and exterior accessories as well as how to check for safety compliance.

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This applied course provides hands-on learning exercises within SAIT’s recreation vehicle shop, allowing you to reinforce and demonstrate material covered in the theory courses.

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In this course, you will learn about mechanical and towing system for the recreational vehicle. Some of the topics covered in this course are how to wire a vehicle for towing, install hitch and tow systems, service brake systems and components and finally, service trailer frames, undercarriages and brake and suspension components.

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This course introduces important safety legislation, regulations and industry policies in the workplace. Topics include climbing, lifting, rigging, hoisting, handling hazardous materials and fire protection. You will discuss tools and equipment for this trade, cleaning procedures for recreation vehicles and how to read a vehicle identification number. You will examine cutting and heating operations, explore commonly used software and record work performed as per a work order.

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Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

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Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 50% in English 10-2
  • at least 50% in Math 10-3
  • at least 50% in a Grade 10 science course.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Spring 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

Costs

2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.

Domestic students

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 1 $6,600 $317 $6,917
Total cost:
$6,917

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

Steel-toe boots and safety glasses are recommended.

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Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Application process

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Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the transportation.info@sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

School of Transportation Advising

Phone
403.284.8471
Email
transportation.info@sait.ca