The Tire Industry Association announced its 2009 winter/spring dates for its Automotive Tire Service and Commercial Tire Service Certified Instructor programs.

The CTS program uses 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, TIA says.

The ATS program combines 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 TIA CTS and ATS Instructor Programs continue to prove that there is a great demand for training in the industry," says Roy Littlefield, TIA's executive vice president.

The scheduled dates for TIA Automotive Tire Service Instructor Classes:
* Baltimore: Three-day May 5-7, 2009; Four-day May 5-8, 2009
* Denver: Three-day May 5-7, 2009; Four-day May 5-8, 2009

TIA Commercial Tire Service (CTS) Instructor Classes:
* Denver: Three-day March 11-13, 2009; Four-day March 10-13, 2009
* Baltimore: Three-day March 25-27, 2009; Four-day March 24-27, 2009