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

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 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 ATS & CTS classes are held in either 3- or 4-day sessions. TIA also offers both classes either in Baltimore, Md. or Denver, Colo.

"Both TIA's CTS and ATS Instructor Programs have been updated within the past two years. This means that technicians have the opportunity to receive the most comprehensive and up-to-date instruction on the latest tire service techniques," said Roy Littlefield, TIA's executive vice president. "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, or by calling 800.876.8372, extensions 106 or 107.

The scheduled dates for 2011 are:
TIA Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Instructor Classes

3-Day: March 29 - 31; October 18 - 20
4-day: March 29 - April 1; October 18 - 21

3-Day: May 17 - 19; December 13 - 15
4-Day: May 17 - 20; December 13 - 16

TIA Commercial Tire Service (CTS) Instructor Classes

3-Day: February 22 - 24; September 13 - 15
4-day: February 22 - 25; September 13 - 16

3-Day: April 5 - 7; November 15 - 17
4-Day: April 5 - 8; November 15 - 18