RESTON, Va. (Dec. 20, 2002) — The Tire Industry Association will debut its Certified Commercial Tire Service (CTS) training tour on Feb. 4-5, 2003, in Akron, and then follow it with two-day programs in 19 other cities over a 10-week period.
The association will sponsor a two-day training format in which companies can allow half their employees to attend a seminar on the first day and half on the second day. The purpose of the tour, which will end April 11 in Sacramento, Calif., is to provide CTS training and certification to hundreds of technicians who otherwise would not receive TIA training.
TIA will charge a flat rate for each participant regardless of TIA membership status. The cost of the one-day seminar is $250 for each student who does not have a copy of the TIA Commercial Tire Service Manual, while a student who already has a copy of the manual may attend for $175. Students who successfully complete the certification exam receive a TIA certificate, 13 uniform emblems and a two-year subscription to the monthly training publication, CommercialTireServicetoday.
The program covers Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standard 29 CFR 1910.177, manufacturer guidelines and industry recommended practices for servicing truck tires and wheels. Topics include tire construction; OSHA regulations; OSHA rim matching and demount/mount chart; zipper rupture inspection procedures; OSHA rim matching and demount/mount chart, among others.
“This training is critical for all employees in commercial tire businesses,” said TIA President Tom Raben. “OSHA regulations require documented training for any employee that handles inflated truck tires and wheels, regardless of their level of experience. this course certifies that the OSHA-mandated training has taken place. This is one of the most important training courses offered in the commercial tire market.”
Jeff Faubion, president of Tire Training Services of Denver, will teach all of the courses during the 20-city tour.
For information and registration forms, contact TIA at: (800) 426-8835, or at the association's Web site, www.tireindustry.org.