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TIA launches online platform for its training classes

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has launched a new virtual training platform featuring live instruction from staff trainers.

The first program to be held via the Zoom platform, 200-Level Basic Commercial Tire Service (CTS), will be available in both English and Spanish. Students who successfully complete the virtual training class, skills demonstration form and final exam will receive a TIA Certificate of Completion and compliance with training regulations established by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.177.

“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,” said Brian Rigney, TIA president. “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. We are especially excited about the opportunities to bring OSHA compliance training in Spanish to all of our commercial truck tire 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,” said Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training. “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.”

Registration forms are available online at https://www.tireindustry.org/basic-commercial-tire-service-virtual-training, or companies can request a form by emailing training@tireindustry.org. For questions on course content or registration, contact Christine Hoogenboom, TIA director of training at 800-876-8372, ext. 106 or choogenboom@tireindustry.org.

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