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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has added another stop its 2012 Certified Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Instructor Training Tour. The tour is comprised of four-day classes at local community, junior and technical colleges in 28 cities across the United States.

The latest tour stop to be added is:

Nov. 6-9 -- Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City Kansas Community College, 6736 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102.

Other upcoming training tour classes are:

* Aug. 14-17 -- Charlotte, N.C. (instead of Greensboro), NASCAR Technical Institute, 220 Byers Creek Rd., Mooresville, NC 28117;

* Aug. 14-17 -- Richmond, Va., J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 1851 Dickinson Rd, Goochland, VA 23063;

* Aug. 21-24 -- Baltimore, Md., Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), 800 S Rolling Rd. Bldg R, Baltimore, MD 21228.

* Sept. 25-28 -- Seattle, Wash., Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th St., Renton, WA 98056.

TIA says it is receiving wonderful reviews from tire technicians "who are taking it to the next level" by participating in the 2012 ATS classes.  Here are some quotes from the latest classes:

* “I would highly recommend the TIA Advanced Instructor training to other owners, managers."

* “Instructors really went out of their way to make sure everyone learned -- from little experience to very knowledgeable students.”

The Certified ATS Instructor Program is a 4-day, in-depth classroom and hands-on class that industry professionals must successfully complete in order to return to the dealership(s) to train technicians to prepare them for certification. TIA has used the train-the-trainer approach to train and/or certify more than 70,000 technicians since 1997.

Certified ATS includes safety guidelines and step-by-step procedures for all aspects of passenger and light truck tire service including wheel installation with the proper torque and tire repair.  It also includes a full day of instruction on Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), so technicians have a thorough understanding of the requirements for the most popular domestic and import vehicles.

The sponsors for the 2012 ATS Instructor Tour are:


AME International

American Tire Distributors


BADA Hennessy Industries

Bartec USA LLC

Continental Automotive Systems US Inc.

Dill Air Controls

Group 31


Mighty Auto Parts

Modern Tire Dealer

Mohawk Rubber Sales

Myers Tire Supply

NAPA Tire Hardware

Patch Rubber

Plombco Inc.

REMA Tip Top

Tech International


Tuffy Manufacturing


For registration information go to or contact Director of Training, Chris Marnett at or 800-876-8372 x106.

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