What is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician?
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.
Our experienced Technicians have completed SafeKids' National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification, which includes hands-on assessments, written tests, technical demonstrations, and community education participation. Their first concern is the safety of your child.
Got it...So, What's a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician/Instructor?
A CPS Technician that has been certified for a specific period of time is eligible to become a Certified Technician Instructor 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.
Instructor Candidates must demonstrate knowledge and technical skill necessary to teach the Standardized CPS curriculum and have good teaching skills to teach lay people to become Certified CPS Technicians. Like many other professional occupations not all Instructors teach enough to be fully proficient with the curriculum and it's content. Be sure to ask your Technician/Instructor how often they teach and how often THEY participate in continuing education workshops.
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 three, 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.
Newly trained Child Passenger Safety Technicians are strongly recommended by the standardized curriculum to have at least one year of active participation in events and fit stations with a senior CPST before conducting car seat checks alone. Newly trained CPST's are not recommended for hospital based programs due to the lack of specialized training in the basic CPS course.