An Introduction to the Board

The mission of the Board is to oversee and maintain the technical quality, standardization and relevance of the curriculum which is part of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program throughout the United States. The program was created to train people to become certified child passenger safety (CPS) technicians and instructors in order to provide assistance to families and caregivers for the safe transportation of children.

The Board works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who has the responsibility to assure the technical accuracy of the curriculum, and with the Certifying Body, Safe Kids CPS Certification, who has responsibility, authority and liability for the certification and re-certification processes. The Board provides input and perspectives from their representative organizations and field, and to their representative constituencies, on ways to ensure the on-going significance of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program in keeping children safe.

What is a Technician?

Child Passenger Safety Technicians educate parents and caregivers on how to properly use their children’s car seats. CPS Technicians provide personalized instruction about how to properly install a car seat in a vehicle, as well as how to properly secure a child in the car seat. You can join the team of more than 40,000 certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and be a resource in your community!

Since the National CPS Certification Training Program began in 1998, over 160,000 dedicated individuals have successfully completed the national certification course. Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more information about nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

CPST Code of Conduct

What is an Instructor?

CPS Technicians and Instructors put their knowledge to work through a wide variety of programs and activities. The goal is to educate parents and other caregivers 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.

Once a CPS Technician has been certified for a minimum of six months, they may apply and complete requirements to become a CPST Instructor. This qualifies a CPS Technician to educate and train new CPS Technicians. For more information about how to become a CPST Instructor, please visit Safe Kids Worldwide.

Tech / Instructor of the Year

Congratulations to the 2018 CPS Award winners Carina Ortiz, Instructor of the Year, and Chris Morris, Technician of the Year!  Read more about the 2018 winners.

The nomination period for the 2019 awards has closed. Please think about who you would like to nominate for 2020.  The 2019 winners will be announced in April 2019. Our thanks to all nationally certified child passenger safety technicians (CPST) and instructors for all they do to keep children safe in and around vehicles!

Annual nominations are accepted in recognition of CPS Technicians and Instructors that demonstrate outstanding CPS contributions. The National Child Passenger Safety Board promotes this award to honor the men and women who dedicate their time and skills to ensure our nation’s children are transported safely. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the outstanding work that goes on in the field of child passenger safety. Consider nominating a deserving technician or instructor who exemplifies extraordinary dedication to Child Passenger Safety programs.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) provided $500 cash awards to the 2018 CPS Technician and Instructor of the year. These two winners were announced and recognized at the annual Lifesavers conference.