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CPS Technician Certification Course

Updated: February 2011

Safe Kids Worldwide is the certifying body for the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program and has established an online system for registration and other certification processes. The online system also gives each certified or formerly certified individual secure access to a personal profile.

For information on training class policies & procedures, registration, certification, and recertification - as well as frequently asked questions and answers - visit the Safe Kids Worldwide CPS Certification web site at http://cert.safekids.org.

What Does the Course and Certification Involve?

CPS certification workshops are conducted and taught using a standardized curriculum. The curriculum has been developed and updated through input and feed back from national, state and local CPS advocacy programs, individual CPS Technicians and Instructors, federal and state agencies, and child restraint and vehicle manufacturers. The CPS Technician training course provides instruction in crash dynamics, injury prevention strategies, and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The course, 32-hours minimum and generally held over a four or five-day period, is taught through a combination of lectures, discussions of new issues, role playing and hands-on practice with a wide variety of child restraint and vehicle belt systems. Students must be prepared for the substantial physical activity needed to install safety seats.

Child passenger safety (CPS) training workshops are designed to teach individuals the technical and instructional skills to serve as child passenger safety resources for their organization, community or state. Those who successfully complete the workshop may apply to receive national certification as a Child Passenger Safety Technician.

In order to be eligible for certification, students must pass both written and hands-on skills tests. An additional requirement for successful completion of the course is active participation in a "real world" CPS checkup clinic by all students. It is at these end-of-class clinics where the students demonstrate their skills by demonstrating proper use and installations of child restraints and safety belts to the public and then teaching these skills to the parents.

Certified CPS Technicians wishing to do so may become Certified Technician Instructors through a process that includes being approved as an Instructor Candidate and participating in another Standardized CPS Workshop as an Instructor Candidate under the supervision of one or more Instructor Mentors. Refer to Instructor Candidates for additional information about the Instructor certification process.

Tens of thousands of individuals have been certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Technician Instructors since the standardized curriculum and certification program began in early 1998. CPS Technicians and Instructors put their knowledge to work through a wide variety of programs and activities with the goals of teaching parents and other care givers to properly protect their children in motor vehicles and to provide "hands-on" assistance in the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts.

 

Contact Amy Heinzen for more information.