An Introduction to the Board

The mission of the Board is to maintain the quality and integrity of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. This program is used to train and certify child passenger safety (CPS) technicians and instructors.

The Board works collaboratively with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who has the ultimate authority over the curriculum, and with the Certifying Body, who has ultimate authority over the certification and re-certification processes. The Board channels insight from their representative organizations to NHTSA and the Certifying Body.


What is a Technician?

Child Passenger Safety Technicians educate parents and caregivers on how to properly use their children’s car seats. CPS Technicians provide personalized instruction about how to properly install a car seat in a vehicle, as well as how to properly secure a child in the car seat. You can join the team of more than 35,000 certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and be a resource in your community!

Since the National CPS Certification Training Program began in 1998, over 118,000 dedicated individuals have successfully completed the national certification course. Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more information about nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

CPST Code of Conduct

What is an Instructor?

CPS Technicians and Instructors put their knowledge to work through a wide variety of programs and activities. The goal is to educate parents and other caregivers to properly protect their children in motor vehicles and to provide “hands-on” assistance in the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts.

Once a CPS Technician has been certified for a minimum of six months, they may apply and complete requirements to become a CPST Instructor. This qualifies a CPS Technician to educate and train new CPS Technicians. For more information about how to become a CPST Instructor, please visit Safe Kids Worldwide.

Tech / Instructor of the Year

Congratulations to the 2014 CPS Award winners Jennifer Hoekstra, Instructor of the Year, and Sgt. Brian Cooper, Technician of the Year!  Read more about the 2014 winners.

2015 award nominations were accepted from September 1 – October 10, 2014.  Please think about who you would like to nominate in 2016.  Thank you!

Annual nominations are accepted in recognition of CPS Technicians and Instructors that demonstrate outstanding CPS contributions. The National Child Passenger Safety Board promotes this award to honor the men and women who dedicate their time and skills to ensure our nation’s children are transported safely. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the outstanding work that goes on in the field of child passenger safety. Consider nominating a deserving technician or instructor who exemplifies extraordinary dedication to Child Passenger Safety programs.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) will be providing $500 cash awards to the 2015 CPS Technician and Instructor of the year. These two winners will be announced and recognized at the annual Lifesavers conference in March 2015.