The Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training Program was created in 1998 to establish quality control in child passenger safety course content and instruction. While Washington is fortunate to have more than 400 Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, there is still a significant need in both large and small communities to have more trained people with the interest and the time to help parents, grandparents and other caregivers learn how to keep children safe in cars.
Child Passenger Safety Certification classes are usually 3-4 days. Certification courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on exercises. Each course concludes with a community car seat check-up event where new technicians teach caregivers how to properly install and use car seats and booster seats.
Persons who successfully complete this course receive national certification as a Child Passenger Safety Technician through Safe Kids Worldwide (the certifying body of the program). Child Passenger Safety Certification is recognized everywhere in the United States, its territories and on non-domestic U.S. military installations.
Table of Contents
- Code of Conduct for CPS Technicians
- CEU Opportunities
A $95 registration fee covers the course manual and your first two years of certification. Some courses may charge an additional local fee to cover meals, snacks, room rental fees, etc. Participants must be 18 years of age at the time the course begins.
Courses are conducted throughout the year by a variety of local, state and national agencies and organizations. To learn more about upcoming classes or how to become a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, call the Safety Restraint Coalition at 1-800-282-5587 or visit the Safe Kids Certification Web site http://cert.safekids.org.
Code of Conduct for CPS Technicians
For the families you serve
For the community you serve
As a colleague
As a leader
Technicians and instructors are required to log at least six hours of continuing education (CEUs) for re-certification. The CEUs must be obtained and reported during one’s current certification cycle (two years). There is no carry-over from one period to the next. CEUs must fit into one of the following categories:
You may mix and match categories to meet the six required hours of continuing education.
All categories of CEUs must meet the content requirements of improving CPS technical knowledge, such as LATCH, a child restraint manufacturer workshop or CPS technical update. Non-technical CPS sessions, such as how to raise funding or run an inspection station, do not qualify.
For more information visit the Requirements for Re-certification page of the SafeKids Web site.
How to create a CEU opportunity in 10 easy steps
Technicians need to re-certify every two years by meeting all of the following requirements
For complete details visit the re-certification page of the Safe Kids Web site.
REMINDER: There is NO grace period for re-certification!
Failure to re-certify
You will fail to qualify for regular re-certification if one of the following occurs:
Your options if you fail to re-certify are
Click here for more information on re-certification.