• Funded through Federal 402 Highway Safety Funds via the PENNDOT

National Standardized CPS Training Program Overview

 

Program Overview

The National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Certification Course is designed to educate individuals who want to become a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Topics covered include: the importance and need for child passenger safety programs, relevant federal legislation and safety standards, crash dynamics, vehicle occupant protection systems, selection and use of child restraint systems, correct installation of child restraints, misuse and compatibility issues, safety in other vehicles, and other considerations related to child passenger safety. Teaching strategies include lecture, hands-on practice, and group discussion. Testing includes three written quizzes, hands-on skill evaluations and active participation in a car seat check-up event. Participation in all course activities and successful performance on the written quizzes and hands-on skill evaluations leads to national certification as a Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Program Objectives:

After participating in this program, the individual will be able to:

  • Select appropriate child restraints and secure children in vehicle restraint systems according to child passenger safety best practice guidelines.
  • Teach others how to install child restraint systems in their vehicles according to child passenger safety best practice guidelines.
  • Teach others how to restrain children in motor vehicles according to best practice guidelines.
  • Install child restraint systems in multiple types of vehicles according to child passenger safety best practice guidelines.
  • Utilize appropriate resources to retrieve information related to child passenger safety.
  • Serve as a resource to the community/state/organization relative to child passenger safety.
  • Respond appropriately to issues related to the role of Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Program Outcome:

Individuals who successfully complete this program are eligible for national certification as a Child Passenger Safety Technician.