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2018 CPS Technical Update Class Overview

Learn more about CPS Recertification requirements and what is covered in the 2018 TIPP CPS Technical Update Class

Child Passenger Safety Technical Update

Successful completion of a National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training class certifies an individual as a CPS technician for two years. Each certification cycle for both technicians and instructors is two years. In order to retain your CPS certification, you must successfully complete 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 event (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 end date)

  • The recertification fee is $50 for technicians and instructor candidates and $60 for instructors.

 Please note: The recertification process cannot be completed in one-day.

The PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project 2018 Child Passenger Safety Technical Update

The CPS Technical Update has been approved for 6 CPS CEUs. Participating in the one-day class earns the required 6 hours of cotinuing education for CPS Recertification.

The 2018 CPS Technical Update includes 5 segments that discuss the following: CPS Best Practice; CPS Then and Now; Other Vehicles - Travel Risks and What Parents Need to Know; Boosters on the Go; and CR Update/Fact or Fiction.  This class provides information on technical updates and changes made within the CPS field. Attendees will be given a certificate as proof of attendance in case of an audit.  The class will be offered throughout the State. Scheduled classes will be posted on the TIPP website. If you are interested to host a class in your area, please contact your TIPP Regional Coordinator or the TIPP office at 1-800 CAR BELT.

The PA TIPP 2018 CPS Technical Update Course ID# is 6464.

Section 1: 1 Hour
CPS Best Practice:

  • Review of the Rear-facing Until 2 studies. Discuss "Car Safety Seats for Children Rear-facing for Best Protection" Injury Prevention 2007; AAP Policy Statement; NHTSA Guidelines for Rear-facing; Dorel Testing and their decision not to provide a rear-facing until age 2 in their instructions; RF vs FF CRs: An Updated Assessment in 2017 and messaging for technicians
  • Angel Ride car bed discontinued and discuss options for children who need to be transported lying down
  • Manufacturer's Alliance for CPS Harmonized Statements

Section 2: 2 Hours
CPS Then and Now:

  • Provide excerpts from CR instruction manuals and Manufacturer FAQs that address the following:
  • 80/20 rule
  • Towels and Pool Noodle Use
  • Crotch Roll Use and Side Rolls for Positioning
  • RF Tether; FF CR Contact with Vehicle Seat Back
  • Locking clips, Lock-offs, & Tensioning Plates
  • Inflatable Seat Belts
  • Car Seat Testing & FMVSS 213
  • Seat Belt and Lower Anchor Use Together
  • Seat Pads/Seat Protectors

Section 3: 1 Hour
Other Vehicles: Travel Risks and What Parents Need to Know

  • Aircraft Travel: FAA Regulations, car seat labels; Harness car seats and installation, Disclosure of Seat Dimension by plane type; CARES installation and use; prohibited restraints and products; Passengers with disabilities, application for exemptions; MACPS Harmonized Statement for CRS gate checked or checked as luggage
  • Recreational Vehicles: Classes and Types of RVs; FMVSS & regulations regarding occupant protection systems; injury risks for passenger sitting in the rear of the RV; MACPS Harmonized Statement on Car Seats and RVs; Review of safe travel options for children

Section 4: 1 Hour
Boosters on the Go:

  • Baby Trend Yumi
  • Bubble Bum
  • Chicco Kid Fit
  • Dorel Incognito
  • Graco Turbo Booster TakeAlong
  • Mifold
  • Nuna AACE
  • Peg Perego Viaggio Flex
  • Ridesafer Delighter Booster seat
  • Safety 1st Boost-A-Pak
  • IIHS Jasper
  • Securing A BPB with LATCH

Section 5: 1 Hour
CR Update/Fact or Fiction:

  • Highlight car seats that recently entered the market:
  • Britax Endeavour line
  • Chicco My Fit
  • Cybex Sirona M
  • Dorel Maxi Cosi Magellan
  • Safe Parenting Doona car seat
  • The Evenflo red tether connector and the Evenflo and Graco new lower anchor connectors will be discussed
  • Fact or Fiction