The National Child Passenger Safety Board
The mission of the National Child Passenger Safety Board (NCPSB) is to save lives and prevent injuries by promoting child passenger safety (CPS) through education, mentorship, engagement, and innovation.
The Board works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National CPS Certification program as follows:
- NHTSA is responsible for assuring the technical accuracy of the curriculum used to teach child passenger safety instructors and technicians (CPSTs).
- National CPS Certification, a program of Safe Kids Worldwide, administers all aspects of CPS certification and maintains a directory of nationally certified CPS technicians and instructors.
- The NCPSB maintains the National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Training curriculum. The National Child Passenger Safety Board is a program managed by the National Safety Council.
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 Meeting Minutes