The certification cycle for both technicians and instructors is two years. In order to retain your CPS certification, you must successfully complete (through payment) the recertification process.
There are two general steps to successful recertification:
1. Meet all pre-registration requirements, including:
- Verified seat check activity (5 types)
- Community education (checkup, outreach or educational workshop)
- Continuing education (6 hours)
- If CPSTI, teaching hours (20)
2. Register and pay for recertification (this may be done up to four months prior to your certification cycle
The recertification fee is $50 for technicians and instructor candidates and $60 for instructors.
PLEASE NOTE: The recertification process cannot be completed in a single day. Be sure to enter your seat checks, CEUs and Community Education as they are completed.
Basic requirements for recertification:
1. Five seat checks approved by a certified instructor.
- As a part of the recertification process, all technicians and instructors are required to have a currently certified instructor or technician-proxy witness and verify a correct installation in a vehicle with accurate technical information and quality communication with a caregiver for each of the following configurations during that particular certification period:
- Rear-facing only child safety seat
- Rear-facing convertible child safety seat
- Forward-facing child safety seat with harness
- Belt-positioning booster
- Installation with LATCH: LATCH requires a harnessed CR, used following manufacturer's instructions. A RF CR secured correctly using the lower anchors only would count. A tether must be used if it is required for a correct LATCH installation.
2. Community Education: participation in a car seat check, outreach, attend an educational workshop
- All technicians and instructors are required to participate in community education. This event must be logged into the online system. The 3 options to fulfill this requirement are:
- Two-hour checkup event with at least one other CPS Technician at which you serve families using any standardized checklist to provide documentation, if needed
- Provide at least four hours of community education. Examples include presenting to parents, educators, kids, organizations (PTAs, law enforcement). These are presentations to non-CPSTs. Technicians are welcome to combine different presentations to meet the time requirement (e.g. 4 one-hour education sessions).
- Attended (live or online) a one hour (minimum) educational session on how to better reach community members, improve communication skills or instructor development.
3. A minimum of six hours CPS continuing education. (CEUs)
- All technicians and instructors are required to log at least six hours of CPS technical continuing education (CEUs) into the system. 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, even when more than the required CEUs have been accumulated. CEUs must fit into one of the four approved categories and meet content requirements. A 45 or 50-minute session may be rounded up and counted as 1 hour of continuing education. Sessions shorter than 45 minutes may not be included.
- Categories of CEUs
- In-person Session/Workshop (maximum 6 CEUs)
- Teleconferences (max. 5 CEUs)
- Online/Web sessions (max. 6 CEUs)
- Newsletters/Manuals/Journals (max. 3 CEUs)
Technicians and instructors 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. Sessions, including online/webinars, should be taken one time since content doesn't change drastically enough. The idea is that technicians receive new information. Non-technical CPS sessions, such as how to get funding or run an inspection station, do not qualify.
4. Register and pay fee by end of certification expiration date.
*Instructors: in addition to the above requirements, you must also log 20 teaching hours of CPS course instruction.
Click here to recertify at the Safe Kids website.
Click here for a step by step powerpoint of how to recertify through the Safe Kids website and what is required.
Recertification: Certification Renewal Testing Courses
Technicians whose certifications have expired (Status = Expired) are eligible to take the 8-hour Certification Renewal Testing Course. This class is designed to renew the certification for expired technicians who wish to again become nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs). After successfully completing this class, students will be recertified and be able to provide both individual and group CPS education. Teaching strategies include lecture, skills testing, and a written test. This is NOT an update/refresher class. This course is meant for expired CPS Technicians who have maintained their child passenger safety knowledge and their hands-on skills. It is expected that students attempting to renew their certifications through a Renewal Testing Course have stayed involved in CPS programs and activities, kept up with changes in the field by reading technical updates, attended other CPS classes, and worked with non-expired technicians to keep their installation skills current.