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What our students Say:

“If I were to tell you this was a completely lovely, enjoyable experience, I would be lying. It shouldn’t be. It was at times uncomfortable, painful, stressful. But that’s what I needed—real experience making mistakes and trying new things and getting honest feedback. That was so helpful. And I should note—it was also enjoyable and fun, too, I promise!! The trainers infused their own brands of humor and it was great to forge bonds with the other students.”


What our students Say:

“This course was rigorous but amazing. The instructors provided in-depth and individualized feedback for each student. I can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned. I’m also grateful for the comprehensive course materials so that I can continue to study post-RIVA.”


What our students Say:

“I learned a lot about myself, my strengths, and weaknesses. I also learned even more from my instructors and classmates. I feel like the course was well-organized, conveyed everything we were looking for/needed and was tailored for us.”


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Travel to RIVA

All in-person public courses are held at RIVA Headquarters located just outside Washington, DC in Rockville, MD. This location is accessible to all three DC area airports (Reagan National, Washington Dulles, and BWI) as well as Union Station.


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Street address
1201 Seven Locks Road, Suite 360 Rockville, MD 20854
Phone: 301-770-6456
Cambria Hotel & Suites
1 Helen Heneghan Way, Rockville, MD 20850

Enjoy a unique experience among hotels in Rockville, MD, when you book a stay at the Cambria® hotel & suites Rockville. This hotel is 3 miles from RIVA headquarters and only two blocks away from the Metrorail, providing access to Washington, D.C. and beyond. Located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, Cambria offers numerous dining and entertainment options within easy walking distance. Amenities include oversized rooms that feel like an upgrade, an onsite bistro and full-service bar, and an indoor heated pool. Book directly using the following link to receive 20% off the public rate, available to RIVA students.


Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852 301-468-1100

Located on Rockville Pike just a few miles from RIVA Training Institute, the Hilton Rockville is a full service hotel with many new upgrades to their rooms, restaurant/lounge, fitness facility, business center, free Wi-Fi, and a Starbucks onsite.


EVEN Hotel Rockville
1775 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852 855.TRY.EVEN

The newest IHG brand focused on fitness, EVEN Hotel offers in-room fitness zones and a large fitness center, healthy food and beverage options at the hotel restaurant, including made to order smoothies and Grab ’n’ Go meals. Get the 16% RIVA Corporate Discount off the Best Flex Rate; Rate Code: RIVA TRAINING INSTIT. Free parking with account # 100301075


Bethesda North Marriott
5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20852 301-822-9200

Located just one Metro Stop south of RIVA, this hotel is also very easy to commute to and from. The Marriott is a new, contemporary hotel with excellent amenities.


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COVID-19 Protocols for Safety at RIVA

Now that the world is moving toward a post-pandemic mindset, RIVA no longer requires students taking in-person courses to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. When you visit RIVA, here are steps we are still implementing in order to help keep you safe and healthy in our offices. We have done the following:


Included additional hand sanitizer bottles in all common areas that RIVA visitors use.

Increased sanitizing and cleaning during the course – wiping down tables and chairs with disinfectant wipes.

Provided RIVA students with their own bag of sanitized pens, markers, and highlighters to use in the course.

Offer disposable utensils to be discarded after use.

Can provide masks and gloves for students, and guests upon entry to RIVA if requested. Masks are no longer required in the building.

Moved to a plan that all snacks will be packaged [chips, cookies, trail mix, breakfast bars, etc.] and, if lunches are offered, they will be individually prepared orders from local restaurants.

Continue with “Temperature Checks” on all RIVA persons that enter the office each day.

Asked students and visitors to RIVA to complete questionnaire related to COVID-19.

RIVA has continued to follow direction from Maryland’s governor, the State of Maryland, and the CDC in order to be best prepared to welcome you to our office. As the situation continues to evolve, RIVA will respond accordingly.


RIVA Training Policies



Payment Policy

RIVA understands that schedules may cause changes to your course registration dates.

Policy for changes made 23 days or more prior to start of course date:

  • Should you need to transfer to another class date 23 days or more before the start of your current class, there is a $175 transfer fee.
  • Should you need to cancel your registration 23 days or more before the start of your class, there is a $500 non-refundable fee. This fee will be deducted from your refund.

**Any monies returned to a credit card will incur a 4% cancellation fee.

Policy for changes made 22 days or less prior to start of course date:

  • If circumstances cause you to cancel or transfer out of a course 22 days or less before the start of class, all monies paid are forfeited unless you have an eligible replacement from your network to attend the date for which you are registered.



Requesting Student Records from RIVA Training Institute

If you are a RIVA Training Institute graduate and would like to request a copy of your student records, you can contact RIVA one three ways:
• The contact form on our Home Page
• Email us:
• Call us at 301-770-6456


When you make your request, please provide your full name at the time you took a RIVA Training course, the company name you were with when you took the course, approximate date of when you took the RIVA course, the course information you require, and an email address where the records can be sent.


If you are an employer looking for records on an employee, you must ask that employee to submit a formal written request to release the information to you.


Anti-discrimination Policy

It is the policy of VISAR Corporation and RIVA Training Institute to ensure an equal learning opportunity to all students without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or express, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristics. All individuals involved in continuing education/training will not be subject to discrimination by any staff members or trainers of RIVA Training Institute.