CPS Technician Certification Course
Updated: February 2011
Does the Course and Certification Involve?
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.