History of the NRVTA

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The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) was founded by a motivated group of RVers. As a result, the NRVTA is an organization with a committed group of faculty members who are not only talented, but also inspired to make a difference.

In 2013, Mr. Terry Cooper had a dream of improving the educational experience as well as to support the increasing demands of qualified RV technician professionals.

Mr. Cooper is the Managing Director of the National RV Training Academy as well as its founder and original teacher. Better known as the Texas RV Professor, Cooper brings to the table his experience from years of teaching RV technicians at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas and RV technician courses for the online program for Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. In the intervening years he conducted mobile RV tech courses throughout the country at various dealerships and service centers and took on the role of managing a few select RV service departments. Cooper is the heart and soul of the National RV Training Academy. The mission of the academy is in fact his own personal mission. His zeal is contagious. Even a brief conversation with this man is inspirational on multiple levels. Mr. Cooper is the recipient of the National Scholastic Achievement Award from the RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association).

In 2017, the Big Red Schoolhouse and Community Center (a 501c3 non-profit) opened its doors as the new home base of the National RV Training Academy. The mission of the Big Red School House is to provide a safe, meeting place for citizens of Henderson County & surrounding areas to gather, learn and prosper.  The 15,000-square-foot facility with three large classrooms and a large open training facility is adaptable to a multitude of training needs such as RV technical training, welding education, solar systems and so much more.  The approximately 6000-square-feet of open floor space can also provide adaptable facilities for larger theater-style meetings, or sit-down, round-table events.  It is estimated that the space will accommodate up to 600 guests when set theater-style and 300+ when set dinner-style.  We encourage you to reach out to us with your event needs and let us determine if we can be of service to you.

The National RV Training Academy offers training for all types of students. Whether you are an RV dealership with service technicians, an RV professional running your own mobile RV tech or RV inspection business, or simply an RV owner that wants to learn the ins and outs of your RV, we have the training you need to build your RV maintenance and repair confidence! Our courses are all less than one week long and utilize a combination of classroom and hands-on labs to ensure you learn only what you really need to know in today’s ever-changing environment.