Effective child passenger safety training is an important tool to raise awareness and convey accurate technical information about proper child restraint usage.
A technician is an individual that successfully completes a 4-day course that certifies them to install and inspect car seats as well as educate caregivers on proper fit and installation of seats. There are approximately 1,800 certified technicians in New York State.
An instructor is a certified technician that completed the extra steps to also become certified as an instructor. There are approximately 90 certified instructors in New York State.
Technician Training Information
National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training is a program of Safe Kids Worldwide, which is the certifying body and responsible for managing all aspects of the program. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) provides statewide coordination for this training in New York. This includes the following types of courses:
Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course
This course is for individuals who are interested in becoming a certified CPS Technician. Successful completion of this course will certify individuals as a CPS Technician for 2 years.
For additional information about the technician training classes, visit the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Website.
To register for the CPS Technician Certification course and the CPS Certification Renewal Testing, visit the Nation Child Passenger Safety Certification Website.
The Child Passenger Safety Certification Renewal Testing
This course is for individuals whose CPS Technician Certification has expired. Successful completion of this one day course will help individuals regain their certification.
Child Passenger Safety Technical Update Training
These courses are for currently certified technicians. Completion of these courses help technicians stay current in their knowledge of CPS and earn Continuing Education Units towards re-certification.
To post your training or check event to the GTSC website, please fill out the following form: http://nysdmv.gtsc-cps-event-submission.sgizmo.com/s3
Trainings and Resources
CPS Technical Conference
*The preliminary agenda for the 2020 CPS Technical Conference can be found here.*
The Child Passenger Safety Technical Conference is a collaborative effort among the GTSC and a number of state and local safety partners interested in the promotion of safety and injury prevention. It is held biennially and aims to increase the level of knowledge and competence of CPS educators, practitioners, technicians, and instructors who are actively engaged in the child passenger safety arenas.
Some areas of focus at the conference are: education, inspection, program management, enforcement, car seat development, distribution, and special needs passengers. This is an opportunity for those who cannot attend a national conference to meet the vehicle and car seat manufacturers as well as government and regulatory officials who will offer the latest information and technology for child passenger safety. The conference will also provide the opportunity to network with other child passenger safety advocates and to share information and ideas.
Attendance at the Child Passenger Safety Technical Conference is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended. The information and activities offered at the conference are essential to remain current in the ever-changing arena of child passenger safety.
Only those Child Passenger Safety Technicians who are currently certified with Safe Kids Worldwide will be invited to this conference and be eligible for financial assistance.
The next CPS Technical Conference will be held in Lake Placid from May 5-7, 2020. The conference will be held at the Conference Center in Lake Placid and registration will open in January 2020. More information will be posted on the the Child Passenger Safety Technical Conference page as it becomes available.
Questions and comments regarding the Child Passenger Safety Program should be directed to:
Aubrey L. Feldman, MPH, CPH, CHES®, CPST
Child Passenger Safety Program Coordinator
Highway Safety Program Analyst II
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B Albany, NY 12228