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TIA moves ahead with Earthmover Training Service program

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"We have a preliminary outline in place" for the Tire Industry Association's (TIA) Earthmover Training Service certification program, TIA Senior Vice President of Training and Technical Services Kevin Rohlwing reported earlier today at the 2005 TIA OTR Conference in Tucson, Ariz.

"Our next step is to meet with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to get their input," he told attendees.

"We want MSHA to feel like they're a part of this thing."

The Earthmover Training Service program will be divided into two levels, according to Rohlwing: a basic module for new hires and a certification course for more experienced personnel.

The basic program will be videotape-based, while the more advanced course will be hands-on, he says. "You'll have to demonstrate proficiency in the classroom and in the field."

After meeting with MSHA, TIA officials will review their outline with focus groups made up of OTR tire manufacturers and dealers, then set budgets, raise funds and proceed in the program's development.

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