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The Tire Industry Association's (TIA) recently unveiled Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Training Program "will have to be constantly updated," according to new TIA President Bob Malerba.

"As systems come in, we have to update (the program)," TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield said at a press conference announcing the program during last week's SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show.

"Our (members) are considered tire experts," added Malerba. "We don't want them scratching their heads when customers come in."

TIA has invested $200,000 in the TPMS Training Program's development.

The program covers TPMS recalibration guidelines "for many popular models" and includes an appendix with installation torque values for valve stem sensors.

"The goal is to use the TPMS Program to supplement our Automotive Tire Service (certification) program," said Malerba.

The TPMS Program will be integrated into TIA's Automotive Tire Service program this January.

Each kit includes a 50-minute video and DVD, plus a 120-page workbook.

The cost is $150 for TIA members and $300 for non-members.

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