Florida OPRC: Stipends, Scholarships, Proxy Information



Stipends, Scholarships, Proxy Information

Stipends: Stipends are available to CPS Instructors for teaching CPS Technician certification courses. Those teaching within 50 miles of their work or home are eligible for a $640 stipend while those teaching outside of this area are eligible for a  $1,500 stipend. To apply for a stipend, please visit: http://www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/oprc/Scholarships1.asp 

We strongly encourage instructors to consider teaching courses in underserved areas such as those marked on this map provided by FDOT - http://www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=1886. Justification can be made for instructors to receive more than one stipend per grant year for teaching in these areas. 

Scholarships: Between now and the end of the year, the certification for almost 500 Florida CPS professionals will expire. As a reminder, the OPRC offers scholarships to help with Safe Kids certification and recertification fees. Please visit the OPRC scholarship website to learn more: http://www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/oprc/Scholarships1.asp

Tech Proxy: Becoming a CPS proxy is a great way to help occupant protection efforts in the state. One great benefit is that proxies can do seat check-offs in lieu of instructors for technician recertifications. If you are interested in becoming a proxy, apply to the OPRC to pay the Safe Kids proxy application fee and coordinate with your local instructor on obtaining a testimonial. Find an instructor on the Safe Kids website:

http://cert.safekids.org/ -> Find A Tech -> Choose “Certified Instructor” under Certification Type

Upcoming Events: Get details of these events by visiting the OPRC online calendar: http://www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/oprc/calendar.asp

CPS Technician Certification courses across Florida – check for one in your area: http://cert.safekids.org/ -> Find A Course -> Search Florida

May 15th to June 4th: Click It or Ticket National Enforcement Mobilization

May 18th: Webinar for CPS CEUs: LATCH 2017 What the Curbside Tech Needs to Know

June 15th: Webinar for CPS CEUs: Manufacturer Update: Graco 

July 31st: National Heatstroke Prevention Day 

 Florida Occupant Protection Resource Center
2100 NE Waldo Road, Suite 106
Gainesville, FL  32609