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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has released its 2011 dates for its Automotive Tire Service (ATS) and Commercial Tire Service (CTS) Certified Instructor programs.

The scheduled dates for the 2011 ATS are:

Baltimore, three-day: March 29-31 and Oct. 18-20.

Baltimore, four-day: March 29-April 1 and Oct. 18-21.

Denver, three-day: May 17-19 and Dec. 13-15.

Denver, four-day: May 17-20 and Dec. 13-16.

The newly-revised ATS program combines in-depth classroom instruction with comprehensive, hands-on education. Students who successfully complete the program are prepared to return to their companies and impart that knowledge to their fellow employees by conducting in-house Certified ATS Technician or Instructor classes.

The scheduled dates for the 2011 CTS are:

Baltimore, three-day: Feb. 22-24 and Sept. 13-15.

Batimore, four-day: Feb. 22-25 and Sept. 13-16.

Denver, three-day: April 5-7 and Nov. 15-17.

Denver, four-day: April 5-8 and Nov. 15-18.

The CTS program utilizes classroom instruction with hands-on learning and meets the requirements laid out by OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.177. Students who successfully complete the CTS Instructor program are qualified to certify technicians in the field.

“Both TIA’s CTS and ATS Instructor Programs have been updated within the past two years," says Roy Littlefield, TIA’s executive vice president. "This means that technicians have the opportunity to receive the most comprehensive and up-to-date instruction on the latest tire service techniques.

"TIA’s training programs are widely considered to be among the best in the world, and a TIA Certification can benefit the technician, the shop owner, and the motoring public.”

Persons interested in attending these classes can register by visiting the “Training & Education” section of TIA’s Web site, www.tireindustry.org, or by calling 800-876-8372, extensions 106 or 107.

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