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ABOUT CPS CERTIFICATION

Have you heard about events where parents and care-givers get one-on-one personalized instruction on how to properly use their child’s car seat? Join our team of nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) and be that community advocate or resource in your community! As a CPS technician, you will put your knowledge to work through a variety of activities, including community presentations and/or child safety seat checks where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and seat belts. A majority of parents still misuse their child restraints and need help to get it right.

THE CPST COURSE

The Child Passenger Safety Technician Course and all official written documentation and correspondence for CPST certification are currently only available in English. We are working on an Arabic translation but this will not be available for several months.
In order to become a nationally certified child passenger safety (CPS) technician, you must be 18 or older and pass the CPST Certification Course.

Students pass the course if they:

  • Attend every part of the course.
  • Earn passing grades for three sets of tests.
  • Written quizzes.
  • Hands-on skills assessments.
  • A checkup event.

Before registering for the course, please be confident that you can meet all the course requirements, which are:

•Attend every part of the course:

The CPST Certification Course is four days long and combines classroom instruction, indoor and outdoor hands-on activities, skills assessments with car seats and vehicles, and a community safety seat checkup event. You will receive a copy of the technician guide and will be expected to read it as part of the course instruction.

•Written quizzes:

Your instructor will test you with three written, open-book quizzes. “Open-book” means that you are encouraged to use your CPS technician guide while you are taking the quiz. To pass the combined quizzes, you must answer at least 42 out 50 questions correctly, which means a passing score of 84 percent or better.

•Hands-on skills assessments:

Instructors will test your skills with three hands-on skills assessments, and will award a grade of either pass or fail following each assessment. If you fail any of the three assessments, you will be notified during the course and may continue attending the class as an observer, but only at the discretion of the lead instructor.

•Checkup event:

The checkup event is also graded as either pass or fail. To pass the checkup event, you must successfully demonstrate:

• Skills learned during class;
• The ability to follow event procedures and instructions;
• Proper use and installation of child restraints and safety belts;
• The ability to teach parents and caregivers how to properly protect their family on the road;

When You Pass the Course:

Successful completion of this course certifies you as a CPS technician for two years. Newly certified technicians are encouraged to log into their CPS online profiles and print a wallet card/certificate.

If You Don’t Pass the Course:

If you received a failing grade for any part of the CPS Certification Course, you did not pass the course. Please don’t be discouraged. Many students do much better the second time they take the course and some of our best technicians went through the course more than once before passing.
If you want to try again, please register for another course. If you take the CPS Certification Course more than once, please use your existing online profile and register for a new course using your current username and password. Please do not create a duplicate online profile.

How to apply:

If you are interested in becoming a CPS technician, please click here to e-mail