Resources for Child Passenger Safety Technicians


Distribution Site Partner Application to Safe Riders 


The 2022 application period is now closed. Safe Riders will notify applicants no later than April 30, 2022 regarding their application to be a distribution site partner.

*Please note:  If you did not reapply by February 25, 2022, you are required to work with DSHS' Safe Riders to coordinate the return of all unused safety seats provided to your organization by Safe Riders. 

For questions, email Saferiders@dshs.texas.gov


Technician / Instructor Map by County

Map of Texas child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors.

Download the Map of Texas Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors by County shown above (PDF).

Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians and instructors share an important responsibility to advocate for the safe transportation of children in vehicles. Technicians educate parents, caregivers, and community stakeholders about child passenger safety to help prevent unintentional motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths.

Safe Riders Hosts Virtual Webinars

Safe Riders is hosting a webinar series for Texas certified child passenger safety (CPS) technicians. CPS technicians can receive continuing education unit (CEU) for recertification by attending. The virtual events will include a Q&A session following the training. Safe Riders staff will be available to provide guidance on how to submit CEUs. Safe Riders hosts these events each month.  

           

           May 19, 2022       11 a.m.-noon (CDT)     "Beyond the Sled Test: Product Integrity Testing of Child Restraints";

                                                                             presented by Sarah Haverstick of GoodBaby Inc.

           July 21, 2022        11 a.m.-noon (CDT)     "Child Passenger Safety Jeopardy/Trivia";

                                                                             presented by Sarah Haverstick of GoodBaby Inc.

To attend a virtual session, please email saferiders@dshs.texas.gov.

These CPS technician continuing education course classes have CEU credits and are not for the public.

Live Certification Training


Steps to Technician and Instructor Recertification

The technician and instructor certification cycle is two years. The technician and instructor are responsible for completing all recertification requirements during the two-year cycle through their CPS Online Profile.

Meet the following requirements and record the activities in your online profile:

  1. Conduct all five different types of seat checks.
    Verified by a CPS instructor or an instructor proxy.
  2. Take part in at least one community education.
    (Checkups, community workshop, educational session)
  3. Earn at least six continuing education units (CEUs).
    Keep proof of content and completion of CEUs handy for three months after you recertify.
  4. If you are an instructor, complete 20 certification/certification renewal testing course teaching hours.
  5. Pay the recertification fee.
    The recertification fee is $55 for technicians and instructor candidates and $60 for instructors. Payment information can be found in your online profile.

Update

Due to COVID-19, you may substitute additional CEUs for seat checks. Check the Safe Kids Policy Addendum for more information: CPST Recertification and COVID-19 (PDF)

You must complete all recertification requirements and pay the fee, on or before the date of your current certification expires.

Need help recertifying?

If you have questions or need help, contact Safe Riders at 800-252-8255 or email saferiders@dshs.texas.gov.
You can also reach out to Safe Kids Certification at cpscert@safekids.org or 202-875-6330.

Download the Safe Riders Child Passenger Safety Technician Continuing Education Unit Frequently Asked Questions Document for additional information.


Certification Trainings

CPS training classroom

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed the Standardized Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training to provide a resource to help parents and caregivers transport children safely. Safe Riders conducts the standardized training in a three- and-a-half- day course format.

Technician candidates become nationally certified as CPS technicians with a two-year certification after completing the course. CPS technicians may serve as safety educators and advocates in their communities in various sectors by participating in child safety seat checkup events and providing safety presentations to parents, caregivers, and community groups to ensure the safe transportation of children.

Upcoming DSHS-Safe Riders National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training

DSHS Safe Riders doesn't have any national child passenger safety certification trainings scheduled at this time. Please check back on this website for updates.


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Last updated May 3, 2022