Resources for Child Passenger Safety Technicians


Distribution Site Partners Required to Reapply to Safe Riders Before February 25

For this fiscal year (FY) 2022, the Safe Riders program at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is requiring all distribution partners, either new to the program or existing distribution site partners, to affirm their commitment and desire to continue as a distribution site partner by submitting an application.

All applications to be a Safe Riders seat distribution partner are due February 25, 2022**. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

**Note that this date applies to both new partners and existing partners.

Safe Riders will notify applicants no later than April 30, 2022 regarding their application to be a distribution site partner.

*Please note:  If you do not reapply by February 25, 2022, you are required to submit a final report by March 4, 2022 and work with DSHS’ Safe Riders to coordinate the return of all unused safety seats provided to your organization by Safe Riders. 

Application Instructions

  1. Review the Safe Riders Implementation Guide for Distribution Site Partners. Be sure that your organization has the capacity to follow the requirements of the program as outlined in the implementation guide.
  2. Review and complete the Application Packet.
  3. Submit a complete application via email (preferred), or hardcopy via USPS mail or non-USPS mail (e.g., Federal Express, UPS, DHL). The DSHS’ Safe Riders program must receive your application no later than February 25, 2022. Applications will not be accepted after this date. 

If submitting a hardcopy application, please mail to:

USPS mail Safe Riders Maternal and Child Health Unit MC 1922 Texas Department of State Health Services P.O. Box 149347 Austin, TX 78714-9347

Non-USPS, e.g., Federal Express, UPS, DHL Safe Riders Maternal and Child Health Unit MC 1922 Texas Department of State Health Services 1100 West 49th Street Austin, TX 78756-3119

For questions, email Saferiders@dshs.texas.gov


Technician / Instructor Map by County

Map of Texas child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors.

Download the Map of Texas Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors by County 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.  

Jan 20, 2022    

**  9-10 a.m. After the Crash “Why Size Appropriate Child Seats Matter” Presented by Dr. Michelle Macy of Lurie Children’s Hospital

**  11-12 p.m. Product Development-Why Can’t You Just Do This? Presented by Sarah Haverstick of GoodBaby Inc.  

 **  1-2 p.m. Backseat Blitz: A Review of CPS Features in the Latest Vehicles Presented by Denise Donaldson of Safe Ride News   

    

If you want to attend a virtual session, please email saferiders@dshs.texas.gov.

These classes are continuing education courses for CPS technicians to obtain CEU credit and are not for the general public.

Live Certification Training


Steps to Technician and Instructor Recertification

The certification cycle for each technician and instructor 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. Participate 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 expiration date of your current certification.

Need help recertifying?

If you have questions or need assistance, 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 Standardized Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 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.

Upon successful completion of the course, technician candidates become nationally certified as CPS technicians with a two-year certification. 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

There are currently no DSHS Safe Riders national child passenger safety certification trainings scheduled. Please check back on this website for updates.


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Last updated January 18, 2022