The 2018 Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Advanced Instructor Training Tour will begin in February. Sponsored by the Tire Industry Association (TIA), most of the four-day, hands-on training classes will be held at local community and technical colleges.

TIA says the goal of the tour is to educate tire technicians on the proper safety procedures and guidelines for servicing passenger and light truck tire and wheel assemblies.

Here are the 2018 tour dates.

* Feb. 6-9: Charlotte, N.C.

* March: Louisville, Ky.

* April: Sarasota, Fla.

* May 15-18: Dallas.

* July: Long Beach, Calif.

* Aug. 21-24: Denver.

* Sept. 18-21: Seattle.

* Oct. 9-12: Baltimore.

For more information about the 2018 Certified ATS Training Tour, please contact Chris Hoogenboom at choogenboom@tireindustry.org or call (800) 876-8372, ext. 106.

To register online please visit: Online Registration Form.

The Certified Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Program is a 300- and 400-level certification that provides in-depth and comprehensive instruction on the recommended procedures for servicing modern automobiles and light trucks. Certified ATS is designed for the professional passenger and light truck tire technician; the subjects range from the relationship between torque and clamping force to the TPMS relearn and diagnostic procedures on domestic and import vehicles.

Certified ATS also includes an exclusive module on Tire Conditions Analysis that uses images from TIA’s Passenger and Light Truck Tire Conditions Manual to educate technicians on the most likely reasons for common irregular tread wear patterns.

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