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Survey results are in, and the Basic ATS (Automotive Tire Service) training program from the Tire Industry Association (TIA) has received high marks from its graduates.

The Basic ATS course was designed to provide minimum skills training for technicians working in the passenger and light truck tire service industry. TIA has trained more than 70,000 technicians, instructors and advanced instructors since the program came into existence nine years ago.

After participating in the survey following the training, students provided comments that emphasize the success of the program. One veteran tire technician said, “Very informative, the materials were great. I have been in this type of business for 35 years.”

Another ATS graduate said, “The videos and information in this course were very informative, detailed and descriptive with information step-by-step.” Finally, another ATS participant student stated, “Great program! Very informative! I wouldn’t change a thing!”

Taken from 300 survey results, the Basic ATS Technician Information Survey revealed that:

* 77% of the participants reported the skills and concepts they learned in the program were valuable for their occupation;

* 88% of the participants rated the length of the TIA Basic Automotive Tire Service Training Program as ideal; and

* 70% of the students described the videos as being “very informative.”

"TIA’s emphasis on professionally trained tire technicians makes a difference in both protecting the motoring public and improving the image our industry,”says Roy Littlefield, TIA's executive vice president.

In addition to the Basic ATS program, TIA offers other 200 Level Basic programs online and in DVD and Workbook formats. For more information, visit www.tireindustry.org, or contact Director of Training Chris Marnett at cmarnett@tireindustry.org.

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