Resources for Child Passenger Safety Technicians


Distribution Site Partner Application to Safe Riders 


The 2022 application period is now closed. 

*Please Note: If you did not reapply by February 25, 2022, you are required to work with DSHS' Safe Riders to coordinate the return of all unused safety seats provided to your organization by Safe Riders.

Please email Safe Riders at saferiders@dshs.texas.gov for questions.


Child Passenger Safety Week Events and Car Seat Allotment Application

Sept. 18-24, 2022 is Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week , including National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 24. This is a national observance to bring awareness to car seat safety. To support this public health message, Safe Riders will be distributing car seats for CPS Week checkup events to programs in Texas. Safe Riders will also assist in promoting events that you are hosting or coordinating in your community.

Please use the hyperlink to provide your CPS Week event details by Sept. 14.

The information you provide will be used on our website and promoted through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) social media accounts. Listed events will also be shared with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

To apply for an allotment of child safety seats to support your CPS Week event, please review the CPS Week Terms and Conditions PDF and use the hyperlink to complete the online application by Aug. 5, 2022.

Please note that seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please get your applications in as soon as possible.

Important 2022 Deadline Dates:

Application Opens: Jun. 13

Application Closes: Aug. 5

Notify Applicants of Award: Aug. 15

Final Date to Submit CPS Week Event Form: Sept. 14

CPS Week Events: Sept. 18-24

 

If you have questions, please email Safe Riders at Saferiders@dshs.texas.gov.

Please feel free to share Child Passenger Safety Week resources from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with your communities.


Technician / Instructor Map by County

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Download the Texas Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors by County Map shown above (PDF).

Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians and instructors share an important responsibility to advocate for the safe transportation of children in vehicles. Technicians educate parents, caregivers, and community stakeholders about child passenger safety to help prevent unintentional motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths.

Safe Riders Hosts Virtual Webinars

Safe Riders is hosting a webinar series for Texas certified child passenger safety (CPS) technicians. CPS technicians can receive continuing education unit (CEU) for recertification by attending. The virtual events will include a Q&A session following the training. Safe Riders staff will be available to provide guidance on how to submit CEUs. Safe Riders hosts these events each month.  

           July 21, 2022        11 a.m.-noon (CDT)     "Child Passenger Safety Jeopardy/Trivia";

                                                                             presented by Sarah Haverstick of GoodBaby Inc.

To attend a virtual session, please email saferiders@dshs.texas.gov.

These CPS technician continuing education course classes have CEU credits and are not for the public.

Live Certification Training


Steps to Technician and Instructor Recertification

The technician and instructor certification cycle is two years. The technician and instructor are responsible for completing all recertification requirements during the two-year cycle through their CPS Online Profile.

Meet the following requirements and record the activities in your online profile:

  1. Conduct all five different types of seat checks.
    Verified by a CPS instructor or an instructor proxy.
  2. Take part in at least one community education.
    (Checkups, community workshop, educational session)
  3. Earn at least six continuing education units (CEUs).
    Keep proof of content and completion of CEUs handy for three months after you recertify.
  4. If you are an instructor, complete 20 certification/certification renewal testing course teaching hours.
  5. Pay the recertification fee.
    The recertification fee is $55 for technicians and instructor candidates and $60 for instructors. Payment information can be found in your online profile.

Update

Due to COVID-19, you may substitute additional CEUs for seat checks. Check the Safe Kids Policy Addendum for more information: CPST Recertification and COVID-19 (PDF)

You must complete all recertification requirements and pay the fee, on or before the date of your current certification expires.

Need help recertifying?

If you have questions or need help, contact Safe Riders at 800-252-8255 or email saferiders@dshs.texas.gov.
You can also reach out to Safe Kids Certification at cpscert@safekids.org or 202-875-6330.

Download the Safe Riders Child Passenger Safety Technician Continuing Education Unit Frequently Asked Questions Document for additional information.


Certification Trainings

CPS training classroom

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed the Standardized Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training to provide a resource to help parents and caregivers transport children safely. Safe Riders conducts the standardized training in a three- and-a-half- day course format.

Technician candidates become nationally certified as CPS technicians with a two-year certification after completing the course. CPS technicians may serve as safety educators and advocates in their communities in various sectors by participating in child safety seat checkup events and providing safety presentations to parents, caregivers, and community groups to ensure the safe transportation of children.

Upcoming DSHS-Safe Riders National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training

DSHS Safe Riders doesn't have any national child passenger safety certification trainings scheduled at this time. Please check back on this website for updates.


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Last updated June 22, 2022