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TIA releases Basic Farm Tire Service training

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has released a new Basic Farm Tire Service (FTS) program. Basic FTS consists of 11 modules that cover the minimum skills and safety guidelines for servicing farm, agricultural and construction tires.

Each Basic FTS module addresses the step-by-step procedures for demounting, mounting and inflating single-piece tubeless and tube-type assemblies as well as three-piece tires and rims. Basic FTS also includes the steps for removing and installing dual assemblies in addition to liquid ballast.

“With the release of the Basic FTS Program, the TIA Foundation has invested over half a million dollars in training programs in the past four years,” says Randy Groh, TIA president. “Our members have been asking for this program for years, and we’re confident it upholds the high standards for technician training and education that TIA has established in the tire industry.”

Because Basic FTS is a training and certificate program, technicians who successfully complete the final exam and skills demonstration receive a TIA Certificate of Completion.

The member price for the Basic FTS kit is $295 ($600 non-member) and includes the instructor’s guide, DVD and one student workbook. Student workbooks start at $55 each ($85 non-member), and additional tests are available for $30 each ($60 non-member). Basic FTS will also be available at TIA’s Online University within the next few months.

“Now that Basic FTS is complete, we’ve already set our sights on the new Industrial Tire Service (ITS) program that will go into production in 2014. With in-depth training programs covering automotive, commercial, earthmover, farm and industrial tires, TIA will set a new standard for technician education,” says Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training.

To order Basic FTS and other technician training and certification programs, contact Chris Marnett, TIA director of training at 800-876-8372, ext. 106 or

For information on TIA, visit the organization’s website.

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