BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is adding basic commercial tire service to its portfolio of virtual training courses available online.
The 200-Level Basic Commercial Tire Service (CTS) course, taught by TIA staff trainers in English and Spanish, begins on Zoom Oct. 6.
"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," TIA President Brian Rigney said.
"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," he said.
Basic CTS classes in Spanish start Oct. 6. Classes in English begin Oct. 7.
The course consists of five sessions in Spanish and four in English conducted over a three-week period, TIA said. Classes run 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursdays, classes run noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.
The Spanish classes will be held on Oct. 6, 8, 14, 20 and 22, TIA said, while the classes in English will be held on Oct. 7, 13, 15 and 21.
Companies must purchase an access link and workbooks for each student enrolled in the classes. Each computer requires its own link, but companies can train more than one student at the same time in a single location with one link.
The price for the access link is $50 for members and $100 for non-members. The workbook and exam cost $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," Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training, said.
"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."
Successful students will receive a TIA Certificate of Completion and compliance with training regulations established by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.177.
Registration forms are available online at tireindustry.org.
Companies also can request a form by emailing [email protected]. For questions on course content or registration, contact TIA Training Director Christine Hoogenboom at 800-876-8372, ext. 106, or [email protected].