Importance of child passenger safety training
Child safety seat checkups routinely discover that four out of five children are not properly restrained in appropriate child safety seats or safety belt systems. Numerous compatibility problems between child safety seats and motor vehicles exist.
There is an immediate need for child passenger safety (CPS) professionals who can explain these complicated issues in an understandable way and who can demonstrate safe and proper child safety seat installation to parents and caregivers.
Saving lives and reducing injuries to children in motor vehicle crashes is the program's primary goal. This program ensures that CPS professionals (those responsible for educating their communities on child passenger safety) have the finest possible training and the most up-to-date and accurate information available.
Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course
The Standardized Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician Workshop was developed by CPS professionals and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The workshop is an in-depth, 4-day course. Successful technician candidates receive a two-year national certification as CPS Technicians.
The workshop is fast-paced and comprehensive. It is taught through a series of lectures, hands-on practice with both child seats and vehicle belt systems, role-play and discussions of new issues. Students must be prepared for the substantial physical activity needed to install safety seats. Students will take both written and hands-on tests, and participate in a real-world CPS checkup, where students must demonstrate proficiency communicating and demonstrating proper installations to the public.
The workshop is taught by experienced professional CPS instructors, who are committed to saving lives and preventing injuries. Student-to-instructor ratio will be 5 to 1 or lower. A curriculum workbook is provided on the first day of the course.
In addition to 8-hour class days, students are expected to study the material in the evenings. Students must be present for the entire course and must pass college-level written tests and hands-on skills tests in order to pass the course. A preview of the student workbook is available under "Training" at www.cpsboard.org.
The following steps are necessary for a student to pass the course:
Attend the entire course.
Successfully complete 3 hands-on skills tests.
Pass 3 written tests. There are 50 questions total, and a passing score is 42 or higher.
Participate in a community child seat checkup event held in conjunction with the course.
Many CPS technicians work in public service as police officers, nurses, social workers, EMS technicians and related positions. These professions normally allow for the CPS technician to offer his/her skills to the public as part of his/her job. It is important that the student's employer be knowledgable and supportive of the time and public service that is expected of CPS technicians after the course is over.
After the course is over, newly certified CPS technicians are expected to assist parents and caregivers with child seat checkups and/or inspection stations at least once a month. It is strongly recommended that newly certified CPS technicians develop partnerships with more experienced technicians and/or CPS instructors. This gives newly certified technicians opportunities for continued learning and provides quality assurance.
A $85 training program fee is required to be paid to Safe Kids Worldwide, which is the organization that coordinates the national certification process. The cost of the training manual is included in this fee. On-line registration and payment is recommended. The certification will be valid for 2 years and may be renewed upon completion of the Safe Kids re-certification procedures.
Students should also be prepared to pay between $5 to $10 each day for lunch or bring their lunch to class.
How to locate a CPS technician course
Go to http://cert.safekids.org. Click on "Find a Course" to search for upcoming courses in your state. Once you find a course you want to attend, you will need to log in. Follow the directions provided on that web page if you have never registered with the system before. If you have previously been assigned a username and password from Safe Kids, use that information to log in. If you no longer know your username and password or have other questions regarding registration, contact Safe Kids customer service by phone at 877-366-8154 or via e-mail.
Safe Riders CPS technician course
The next Safe Riders technician certification workshop will be listed below in the near future.
In addition to technician workshops, Safe Riders conducts 1-day technician renewal courses for persons who were technicians but whose certifications lapsed. However, Safe Riders does not have any renewal courses scheduled at this time.
To register, please go to http://cert.safekids.org. Safe Riders will be notified of your initial registration and may then contact you for additonal information.
If you have questions about any Safe Riders CPS courses, call 800-252-8255 or e-mail us.
Upcoming Child Passenger Safety Technician Courses
Courses are currently being planned for FY16.