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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced its fall dates for Automotive Tire Service (ATS) training which now includes Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) service and Commercial Tire Service (CTS) Certified Instructor Programs.

The Instructor Programs certify individuals to become Certified Instructors and qualify them to return to their place of business and conduct Certified Technician courses for their employees.

Certified ATS combines in-depth classroom instruction with comprehensive hands-on education. Students who successfully complete the Instructor Program are prepared to return to their companies and impart that knowledge to their fellow employees by conducting in-house Certified ATS Technician or Instructor classes, the association says.

The Certified ATS Instructor Program is separated into two different classes: three-day and four-day. The three-day course certifies individuals as Certified ATS Instructors, allowing them to certify technicians in the field. The four-day course certifies individuals as Certified ATS Advanced Instructors, qualifying them to certify technicians and/or other instructors in the field.

“The demand for the CTS and ATS Certified Instructor Programs continues to grow," says Roy Littlefield, TIA executive vice president. "It’s very encouraging to see organizations putting a higher value on training their employees.”

TIA's CTS Program has educated over 18,000 technicians and instructors throughout North America since its inception in 1997.

The CTS Program also combines classroom instruction with hands-on learning and exceeds the requirements laid out by OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.177. Students who successfully complete the CTS Instructor Program are qualified to certify technicians in the field.

The Certified CTS Instructor Program is separated into two different classes: three-day and four-day. The three-day class is for individuals with more than two years experience in servicing commercial truck tires, while the four-day class has an additional day of hands-on training for those who have had less than two years of experience in the field.

The scheduled dates for fall 2006 are:

Baltimore

ATS: Sept. 26-28 (three-day), Sept. 26-29 (four-day).

CTS: Dec. 6-8 (three-day), Dec. 5-8 (four-day).

Denver

ATS: Nov. 14-16 (three-day), Nov. 14-17 (four-day).

CTS: Oct. 25-27 (three-day), Oct. 24-27 (four-day).

Registration and pricing information is available on the association's Web site, www.tireindustry.org, or call TIA at

(800) 876-8372 or (301) 430-7280 or email cbell@tireindustry.org.

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