Become a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Professional
Thank you for your interest in child passenger safety in your community. Parents try their best to install a car seat, but with the different model cars, and the varying models of car seats, installation can get quite confusing! Technicians are instructed over 3-4 days on installing all different types of car seats with their varying latches, buckles, and belt locks in a number of different cars with their own various belts, latches, and locking mechanisms.
Safe Kids Worldwide is the only certifying agency in the US for car seat installation. You will have a well-rounded education on installing a car seat in just about any vehicle after the course. Showing your CPS Technician certificate at fitting stations will reassure the parents that their child’s safety is in the right hands.
Review this Safe Kids Worldwide webpage on becoming a technician.
Technicians in Florida have a particular resource available to them that no other state has: the Florida Occupant Protection Resource Center. The OPRC offers CPS-specific resources including LATCH manuals, instructional DVDs, car seats, and a library of print-ready materials to support our state’s CPS professionals. Technical support is also available through the Florida Occupant Protection Manager Dr. Morya Willis. For those in need, the OPRC offers scholarships to pay for the Safe Kids Worldwide registration fee for CPS certification and recertification.
CPS Instructors have the honor of leading the future of child passenger safety in their community, from teaching CPS Technician courses to offering guidance to new technicians at fitting stations and events. Florida communities benefit greatly to having an experienced CPS Instructor to encourage area technicians in their work with the public.To become a CPS Instructors, simply apply for candidacy through Safe Kids Worldwide, teach a course with existing instructors, and be evaluated.
The OPRC offers all the great resources to CPS Instructors as to the Technicians. OPRC offers scholarships to pay for Safe Kids Worldwide instructor candidacy and recertification fees. CPS Instructors can also receive a stipend for teaching the CPS Technician courses if they are not being paid from other sources (application in the OPRC instructor-only section).
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 a local instructor on obtaining a testimonial. More information on becoming a proxy: http://cert.safekids.org/i-am-a-tech/technician-proxy