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TIA schedules 2015 CTS instructor training

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has scheduled the 2015 certified commercial tire service (CTS) instructor training and certification classes in Baltimore, Md. and Denver, Colo.

TIA’s certified CTS instructor program exceeds the minimum training requirements established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and includes all aspects of truck tire and wheel service including OSHA regulations, mounting/demounting/inflation, torque, puncture repair, balancing, road service and more. The CTS instructor course is a train-the-trainer model that combines classroom and hands-on demonstrations, giving the students the tools and knowledge they will need to impart that information on their tire service technicians.

“By using a train-the-trainer model, the program gives commercial tire dealers the flexibility to train one employee and then have that employee hold training classes for others at a time when it is most convenient," says TIA Senior Vice President of Training Kevin Rohlwing. "Dealers can comply with OSHA regulations and establish a qualified workforce without the expense of extensive travel."

TIA offers a four-day and a three-day program. The four-day students arrive on Tuesday and participate in one full day of hands-on training. Each student will physically demount, mount, install, remove and repair a tubeless truck tire. On Wednesday, the four-day students join the three-day students for classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations. Participants with less than two years of hands-on commercial truck tire experience must register for the four-day class. Those with more than two years of experience may register for either class.

Baltimore classes are held at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md. and Denver classes are held at Lincoln College of Technology in Aurora, Colo.

Both schools are convenient to the Baltimore-Washington (BWI) and Denver International airports. TIA has negotiated special hotel rates in both cities that include shuttle service to and from the airports and the colleges, eliminating the need for rental cars.

The sessions will be offered in Baltimore in 2015 on these dates:

Three-day class: March 11-13; June 3-5; Oct. 21-23

Four-day class: March 10-13; June 2-5; Oct. 20-23

The sessions will be offered in Denver in 2015 on these dates:

Three-day class: April 29-May 1; Sept. 30-Oct. 2; Dec. 16-18

Four-day class: April 28-May 1; Sept. 29-Oct. 2; Dec. 15-18

For more information or to register, or contact Chris Hoogenboom at or 800-876-8372 x106.

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