The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will offer six weeks of free online training to passenger and light truck tire service technicians.

Each week TIA's staff instructors will lead sessions on a different topic. The topics stem from TIA's Automotive Tire Service (ATS) and Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) training programs.

Here's the rundown of topics to be covered:

May 19-21 — Vehicle Lifting 
May 26-28 — Demounting, Mounting and Inflation 
June 2-4 — Balance 
June 9-11 — Wheel Torque 
June 16-18 — Tire Repair 
June 23-25 — TPMS Service 

The 30-minute online classes will take place Tuesday through Thursday and will be offered three times each day — at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (all times EDT) — from May 19 through June 25. A different topic will be covered each week. Week one, for example, will focus on Vehicle Lifting. The Vehicle Lifting webinar will be offered three times each day for a total of nine timesduring the week to provide ample opportunity for technicians to log in at a time that works best for them. A TIA staff instructor will be available for additional questions after class.

“The retail tire business definitely has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so retailers can take advantage of slow times to train their technicians,” says TIA President Brian Rigney. “These ATS webinars are available to everyone at no charge and can be accessed by computer or mobile device. We want to give every tire retailer the opportunity to get some training for their technicians from the industry leader in tire service training and education.”

Technicians can register for the webinars here. When on the registration page, technicians can select the specific date and time they prefer. An email confirming the registration will be sent to the email address attendees. TIA will use the Zoom platform for the ATS webinars. They're accessible with or without video. 

“Safety is the top priority for our technician training programs and the ATS Webinars will focus on protecting the employee and the motoring public,” says Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training. “The video-conference format creates an environment where the instructor still teaches the class and the students can still get answers to their questions, which has been our strength for the past 23 years. Social distancing guidelines have forced TIA to rethink our overall approach to technician education, and the ATS webinars are the first step toward creating a new training platform for our members and the industry.” 

For more information about the ATS webinars or TIA training/certification, contact training@tireindustry.org

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