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TIA Moves Commercial Tire Service Class Online

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will offer its 200-Level Basic Commercial Tire Service (CTS) training program online, and will offer sessions in both English and Spanish.

Classes will feature live instruction from staff trainers, and will be held Tuesday through Thursday and consist of six hours of instruction each day in two separate three-hour sessions.

Students who successfully complete the virtual training class, skills demonstration form and final exam will receive a TIA Certificate of Completion and compliance with training regulations established by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.177.

“COVID-19 has forced TIA to pivot on our methods for delivering training and we are proud of how quickly the training staff researched, developed and released a virtual training platform in just six months,” said Brian Rigney, TIA president. “Our mission is to improve tire safety through training and education so the virtual training model using Zoom is the perfect fit for times like this. We are especially excited about the opportunities to bring OSHA compliance training in Spanish to all of our commercial truck tire members.”

Companies that want to participate in the virtual 200-Level CTS classes must purchase an access link and workbooks for each student enrolled in the class. The member price for an access link is $50 and the non-member price is $100. Each link can only be used on one computer and is not shareable, but it allows companies to train multiple students at the same time in a single location with one link. The member price for a CTS Workbook and Exam is $35 for members and $65 for non-members.

“We are fortunate to have a bilingual staff trainer with commercial truck tire experience who can teach the entire class in Spanish and explain the key safety concepts for servicing truck tires in a familiar language,” said Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training. “The 200-Level CTS Program materials already are available in Spanish, but there are some differences in terminology that can be confusing for different dialects. With an experienced and fluent bilingual trainer teaching the class in Spanish, it’s much easier for students to understand the most important safety guidelines for servicing commercial truck tire and wheel assemblies.”

Tuesday and Wednesday classes will be held via Zoom from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

Thursday classes will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST.

Basic CTS classes in English will be held on Oct. 7, Oct. 13, Oct. 15 and Oct. 21.

Basic CTS classes in Spanish will be held Oct. 6, Oct. 8, Oct. 14, Oct. 20 and Oct. 22.

Registration forms are available online, or companies can request a form via email. Contact Christine Hoogenboom with questions.

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