Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors

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

The certification cycle for each technician and instructor is two years. The technician is responsible for completing all recertification requirements during the two-year cycle through their CPS online profile.

Steps to Recertification

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

1.     Conduct all five different types of seat checksverified 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

Pay the recertification fee. The recertification fee is $55 for technicians and instructor candidates and $60 for instructors.

*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 (download 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 You can also reach out to Safe Kids Certification at or 202-875-6330.

Technician / Instructor Map by County


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

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Last updated March 3, 2021