Child Passenger Safety Technicians

The certification cycle for each technician and instructor is two years. It is the responsibility of the technician to complete recertification requirements.

Steps to re-certification:

Complete seat checks: You need to have 5 specific car seat installations verified by a CPS instructor or an instructor proxy.

  1. Rear-facing only car seat
  2. Rear-facing convertible car seat
  3. Forward-facing car seat with harness
  4. Belt-positioning booster seat
  5. Installation with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system

The best way to accomplish this is to participate in one or more child seat checkup events. To complete this requirement:

  1. Contact an instructor or technician proxy to request and schedule an opportunity for seat sign-offs
  2. Schedule a family to complete the installation. Have the instructor or technician proxy check you when complete. Make a note for yourself of the date, type of seat completed, and instructor name.
  3. Log in to your Safe Kids CPS Certification profile http://cert.safekids.org. Once you are logged in:
    Scroll down to “Recertification – enter information and pay fee.” 
    Select the link “Add/Submit Seat Checks.” There, you can enter the information for each installation completed. 
    The corresponding instructor will later verify the installations online. 

Due to COVID-19, Safe Kids has added an alternative to car seat checkup events.

Continuing Education: You need to have six continuing education units (CEUs) per certification cycle. Time in a technician certification course does not count as CEUs.  Categories include in-person workshops, teleconferences, online/web sessions, newsletters, manuals, and journals read. Go to the CPS Board website for a list of CEU opportunities.

To enter CEU information, under the “Current Certification Cycle (enter information), there is a button that reads “Click here to enter Continuing Education Units.” Enter the appropriate information and submit online. Although you do not need to submit any documentation, you should retain certificates or other appropriate documentation of attendance in case you are selected for a random audit by Safe Kids.

Community Education: You need to participate in at least one of the three options listed below to meet this requirement:

  1. Participate in at least one two-hour checkup event with at least one other CPS technician at which you serve families using a standardized checklist to provide documentation, if needed.
  2. Submit at least four hours of community education. Examples include presenting to parents, educators, kids, organizations (PTAs, law enforcement). These presentations are not for CPSTs.
  3. Attend a one-hour (minimum) educational session on how to better reach community members, improve communication skills or instructor development.

Enter this activity online and retain any applicable proof of attendance, such as a follow-up letter from the host agency of the checkup event.

Pay the re-certification fee: This may be done online when you log in to your profile on the Safe Kids Certification website, preferably with a credit card. The recertification fee is the responsibility of the recertifying technician or their organization. The re-certification fee is $55.

Once all the requirements are met and you are within four months of your certification cycle end date you will see a "Recertify" link under Action items.

Please check the Safe Kids Policy Addendum for more information: CPST Recertification and COVID-19 

Technician / Instructor Map by County

Map of Texas Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors by County

Safe Riders provides helpful information about child passenger safety (CPS), including links to related local and national websites. For more information (información disponible en español), please call Safe Riders at 800-252-8255 or e-mail us.  

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These external links may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. 

Last updated October 26, 2020