The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced several new training initiatives for 2012.
It plans to release the an On-Line University for all six Basic Level Training Programs: Automotive, Basic TPMS, Advanced TPMS, Commercial, Fleet and Earthmover. This will allow companies of any size to train new hires on the first day and automatically track their progress through reporting mechanisms that can be linked to internal human resources software.
According to Kevin Rohlwing, TIA’s senior vice president of training, companies are becoming more sophisticated in the way it handles basic training. Traditional video, workbooks and paper tests no longer cut it.
"By developing an On-Line University, large companies can control costs with annual subscriptions while smaller companies can utilize the pay-per-view approach and purchase the training for individuals as they need it,” he said. “The bonus is that all of our members can take advantage of the electronic reporting functions and the liability protection that it provides."
TIA will also begin production on a new Farm Tire Service (FTS) Program, scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2013. This program will address the proper procedures for servicing agricultural, construction and skid steer tire and wheel assemblies, in addition to the safety guidelines for operating articulating boom trucks and liquid ballast pumps.