Certified Automotive Tire Service (ATS)

Certified Automotive Tire Service (ATS)

Certified Automotive Tire Service (ATS) is a 300 and 400-level certification program that provides in-depth and comprehensive instruction on the recommended procedures for servicing modern automobiles and light trucks.

Certified ATS is designed for the professional passenger and light truck tire technician so the subjects range from the relationship between torque and clamping force to the TPMS relearn procedures on domestic and import vehicles.

Certified ATS also includes an exclusive module on Tire Conditions Analysis that uses images from TIA’s Passenger and Light Truck Tire Conditions Manual to educate technicians on the most likely reasons for common irregular treadwear patterns.

Following is a list of the 15 Modules that make up the Certified Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Program:

Module 1 – Introduction
Covers personal protective equipment (PPE) and general shop safety practices.

Module 2 – Tires
Covers tire construction, nomenclature, sizing, application, and replacement guidelines.

Module 3 – Wheel & Fasteners
Covers wheel and rim nomenclature as well as fastener and bolt hole identification.

Module 4 – Raising the Vehicle
Addresses the step-by-step procedures and safety guidelines for lifting a vehicle with an above-ground lift or floor jack and jack stands.

Module 5 – Tire/Wheel Assembly Removal
Covers the procedures for removing the assembly from the vehicle including wheel locks and wheel covers.

Module 6 – Torque & Clamping Force
Explains the relationship between torque and clamping force including laboratory tests that show the effects of lubricants.

Module 7 – RIST
Covers the step-by-step procedures for wheel installation.

Module 8 – Demounting, Mounting & Inflation
Covers the step-by-step procedures for demounting, mounting and inflating tires on rims with valve stem and bandmounted sensors.

Module 9 – Balance and Run-out
Address the basic principles of balance and run-out including the use of pin-plates to secure the assembly to the balancer.

Module 10 – Puncture Repair
Covers the general industry guidelines for puncture repairs in passenger and light truck tires as well as the step-by-step procedures for installing one-piece and two-piece repair systems.

Module 11 – Tire Conditions Analysis
Uses images from the Passenger and Light Truck Tire Conditions Manual to show technicians the signs of common problems that may require removal from service.

Module 12 – TPMS Identification
Explains the different types of TPMS currently in use and how they can be identified.

Module 13 – TPMS Service Requirements
Covers the step-by-step procedures for servicing valve stem and band-mounted sensors.

Module 14 – TPMS Relearn Procedures
Uses the TPMS Relearn Chart to explain the relearn requirements for the most popular domestic and foreign vehicles.

Module 15 – TPMS Diagnostics
Covers the necessary steps to correct a malfunction with common electronic scan tools including the replacement of a sensor on popular Asian models.

ATS Technician Certification Includes:

  • TIA Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Manual
  • TIA Certified ATS Technician Certificate
  • 13 TIA Certified ATS Technician Uniform Patches

Certification is valid for two years, at which time you will receive notification from TIA that it is time to recertify. The Recertification Exam is available online allowing for easy access anytime and anywhere within the window of availability.

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