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CPS Recertification requirements and topics covered in the 2022 – 2023 TIPP CPS Technical Update Class

2022 – 2023 CPS Technical Update Class Overview

Child Passenger Safety Certification

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 technicians and instructors is two years. To retain your CPS certification, you must successfully complete the recertification process before the current certification cycle expires.  

Recertification Requirements: As you meet these requirements, record them in your online profile at https://cert.safekids.org/.

Verified Seat Check Activity (5 seat types)

Observation and verification of seat checks is critical to quality assurance. Recertification requires that technicians and instructors demonstrate technical and communications skills during each of five seat checks in the presence of an instructor or technician proxy. The five seat checks are:

  • Rear-facing only safety seat
  • Rear-facing convertible safety seat
  • Forward-facing safety seat with harness
  • Belt-positioning booster
  • Harnessed car seat installation with LATCH

Community Education: (checkup, community workshop or educational workshop)

Here are the requirements for each of the three community education options to meet the recertification requirement. Recertifying technicians can choose to do either:

Participate in a two-hour seat checkup event with at least one other CPS technician. You are welcome to combine different checkup events or appointments to meet the time requirement of two hours. -OR-

Provide at least four hours of community education to people who are not CPS technicians. Examples: child passenger safety presentation for parenting groups and organizations or at EMS/Law Enforcement/transportation/Head Start agencies. Working at a health fair where you are primarily talking about CPS also qualifies for recertification. You are welcome to combine different presentations to meet the time requirement of four hours. -OR-

Attend a one hour (minimum) educational session(s), live or online.  Examples include how to better reach community members or underserved communities, improve communication skills or instructor development and learning about other cultures and their beliefs in your community. Visit https://www.cpsboard.org/recertification/#community-education-webinars for recorded community education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found at https://www.cpsboard.org/recertification/#board-webinars.

Continuing Education (6 hours)

Earn at least 6 CPS technical continuing education units (CEUs) during the two-year certification cycle. CEUs do not carry over from one period to the next, even if you have completed more than the required six hours. CEUs are entered into your profile and the certificate of completion must be kept as proof of attendance in case you are selected for a recertification audit. An audit may occur during the three months following your recertification. CEUs can be earned through:

CPSTI Teaching Requirement (20 hours)

At least 10 of the 20 hours must be earned through lecturing or hands-on teaching of the full Certification Course. The other 10 may be earned from mentoring or teaching the Certification Renewal Testing Course.

Pay the recertification (this may be done up to four months prior to your certification cycle end date)

  • The recertification fee is $55 for technicians and instructor candidates and $60 for instructors.

 Please note: The recertification process cannot be completed in one-day. You must complete all recertification requirements, including paying the recertification fee, on or before the expiration date of your current certification.

The PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project 2022 – 2023 Child Passenger Safety Technical Update

The 2022 – 2023 Traffic Injury Prevention Project CPS Technical Update Class is outlined below. The presentation has been pre-approved for 6 CPS CEUs. Participating in the one-day class will meet the 6 hours of Continuing Education requirement for CPS recertification. CPS Technical Update has been approved for 6 CPS CEUs. Participating in the one-day class earns the required 6 hours of continuing education for CPS Recertification.

The 2022 – 2023 CPS Technical Update includes 4 segments that discuss the following: Booster Seat Selection, CRS Design Trends, FMVSS 213 Update & Vehicle Design Issues, CPS Trivia Challenge – Jeopardy.  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 by Safe Kids Certification.  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 2022 – 2023 CPS Technical Update Course ID# is 7449

Section 1: Booster Seat Selection (2 hours)

  • FMVSS 213 Requirements for Booster Seats
  • ATD Seating Procedure Developed by UMTRI for Booster Seats
  • IIHS JASPER used to Rate Booster Seat Belt Fit
  • Research studies:
    • Kinematics & Shoulder Belt Fit, Child Posture and Belt Fit
    • Evaluation of Static Belt Fit & Belt Torso Contact for Children on BPBs
    • Evaluation of LATCH vs. non-LATCH for boosters in Frontal Impacts.
  • Changes in car seat instructions for booster seat use (4 yrs./40 lbs.)
  • Dorel head clearance requirement being phased in
  • Review newly marketed booster seats
  • Evenflo’s Harmonization Labeling
  • Use of LAs with Booster Seats
  • Reference to the LATCH manual.

Section 2: CRS Design Trends (2 hours)

  • Low Birth Weight Car Seats
  • Lightweight Car Seats
  • Narrow Car Seats that are Likely to Fit 3 Across a Back Seat
  • Overview of Rotating Car Seats
  • Lock-Offs vs. Belt Tensioning Devices
  • Stability/Load Legs & Review of Car Seats that have this Feature
  • Anti-Rebound Bars-Purpose and the Different Styles
  • European Belt Routing.

Section 3: FMVSS 213 Update & Vehicle Design Issues (1 hour)

  • Side impact requirement recently added FMVSS 213
  • Vehicle Design Features that may affect the installation of car seats:
    • Rear Vehicle Seat Front Air Bags
    • Vehicle Seat Bightline Waterfall Seat Design
    • Vehicle Seat Bench Length, Overlapping Seat Belts
    • Head Restraints
    • Head Restraints and Tethering
    • Did You Know
      • Britax One4Life Car Seat
      • Fix for the Britax V-Tether Slipping Off  Vehicle Seats
      • Evenflo GoTime Booster – cannot be placed in the front seat with an active passenger-side air bag

Section 4: CPS Trivia Challenge – Jeopardy (1 hour)

  • Jeopardy (Review and CPS Challenge):
    • CR Energy Management Features
    • Name the Part and CR Manufacturer
    • CR Instructions – Did it Say…
    • The Car Has What?
    • A Little of This & That

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