The mission of the National Child Passenger Safety Board, a program managed by the National Safety Council, 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 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 ongoing significance of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program in keeping children safe.
History of the Board
In the mid-1990s, a small team of child passenger safety professionals was tasked by NHTSA to look at the national state of child passenger safety. The group, the Patterns for Life Team, recommended a standardized national curriculum and a national certification process for technicians. A standardized curriculum was created and AAA became the initial national certifying body.
This still left a need for input from those out in the field, and a group of CPS stakeholders including representatives from national and local organizations, vehicle and car seat manufacturers and injury prevention professionals. The group was formalized and the National Child Passenger Safety Board was created. The Board currently oversees the certification curriculum and makes recommendations to both NHTSA and the certifying body, now Safe Kids Worldwide.
Board Membership Applications
Thank you for your interest in applying for membership to the National Child Passenger Safety Board.
The National Child Passenger Safety Board will not be accepting applications for membership during 2018. Information on this page will be updated as new membership information becomes available.