CPS Training Program
Effective child passenger safety training is an important tool in the effort to raise awareness and convey accurate technical information about proper occupant restraint usage. As such, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) provides statewide coordination for the Child Passenger Safety Training Program.
GTSC maintains an up-to-date schedule of car seat check events and training classes, as well as a listing of certified technicians and instructors. And we will gladly furnish information to any agency or organization interested in conducting a training course.
New York State is proud to have over 1,900 certified CPS technicians and over 80 certified CPS instructors. If interested in becoming a certified technician or instructor, please visit our Technicians and Instructor page.
Fitting Stations and Car Seat Check Events
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee supports state, local and not-for-profit agencies in offering free car seat inspections at permanent fitting stations and check events throughout the state.
Permanent Fitting Stations and Check Events are conducted to educate parents and caregivers about the proper ways to transport children safely using car seats and seat belts. The purpose is to focus on the appropriate child restraint selection and proper installation. Locate a fitting station near you or search a list of current car seat check events being offered throughout the state.
Child Passenger Safety Week
Every year, to help keep children safe on New York State roadways, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), along with state and local safety partners, participate in Child Passenger Safety Week. The goal is to make sure that children are in the correct car seat, that seats are properly installed and used, and that seats are registered with its manufacturer to ensure parents and caregivers receive important safety updates.
Local and state agencies come together to host car seat check events throughout the state and offer parents and caregivers a convenient way to have their car seat(s) inspected and receive vital child passenger safety information and education.
National Child Passenger Safety Week this year is scheduled for September 19-25, 2021 and National Seat Check Saturday is September 25, 2021.
New York State Child Passenger Safety Advisory Board
The New York State Child Passenger Safety Advisory Board was created in January 2004. The CPS Advisory Board advises the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee on child passenger safety issues and promotes a higher level of skill, knowledge, and participation of technicians and instructors to improve child passenger safety in all regions of New York State.
Members of the Board are chosen to represent 14 regions of the state as well as special interests regarding child passenger safety. Each Regional Coordinator has been given the responsibility to help improve communication, provide assistance and program direction, address regional problems and issues, and assure that the Child Passenger Safety Standards of Performance are upheld.
Further information and current members can be found by visiting the NYS CPS Advisory Board.