Courses and Training

...becoming a Child Passenger Safety Technician...

CPSAC provides quality, professional, training for fire & rescue, police, health professionals, advocates, and concerned members of the public. Upon completion of the CPSAC Technician training course, successful candidates will receive a professional certificate that is nationally recognized across a number of professional fields. CPSAC can provide training to professional organizations as part of their continuing education requirements, or to professionals who are looking to expand on their knowledge and services. Training is available to all interested parties, regardless of professional affiliation--concerned members of the public often work alongside fire & rescue, police, doctors, nurses, and other professionals both during courses and in providing services to the public after training has been completed.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about obtaining your CPSAC training:

What is the Child Passenger Safety Technician training program?
The Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) training program is a nationally-recognized, standardized, professional training and certification program provided by instructors in communities throughout the country. Our training program provides course participants with the widest range of information and knowledge available in Canada on child passenger safety. This includes best practice recommendations, occupant protection systems, child restraint use, the law, and more.

How long is the course?
Certification requires participation in both full classroom days, passing a written exam, and a hands-on practical exam to take place at a seat check clinic on the third day. Days 1 and 2 are typically from about 9:00-5:00, and Day 3 (clinic day) is at least 3-5 hours, and involves hands-on experience with members of the public. In order to complete the course, all participants must satisfy both the classroom requirements, including a written exam, and the clinic's practical requirements involving interactions with parents and other technicians on Day 3.

How long is my certification good for?
Certification is valid for three years, and requires a yearly refresher session (approximately 2 hours and can be done online), proof of at least ten documented seat checks per year, and a willingness to remain current and informed about changes in child passenger safety.

What can I do with my certification?
You could save a life. It could be the life of your own child, a family member, or a friend's child. You can use your certification as a supplement to your professional occupation, or as a professional occupation in of itself. Most technicians volunteer their time at seat check events in their community, and some choose to work primarily private checks. CPSAC encourages technicians to continue working as part of a child passenger safety team in order to continue to learn and grow as a technician.

What do I need to bring with me?
Your instructor will provide all materials. You may wish to bring a highlighter if you like to mark up your course manual for studying. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear, as you will be climbing in and out of vehicles. Tie back long hair, and trim long nails. Uniformed professionals may wish to be in uniform for the clinic portion of the training, but will probably be more comfortable in street clothes for the classroom portion.

Can I bring my nursing infant?
Because Children's Restraint Systems Technicians are providing services to families with young children, many people who are interested in becoming certified also have young children. Some instructors may allow non-mobile nursing infants in the classroom portion of the course, so long as those course participants are considerate of the other students in their classroom. This requires an awareness of your child's temperament and your own limitations in a classroom environment. Alternate childcare arrangements are mandatory for the clinic portion of the course.

How do I register?
Groups and individuals interested in obtaining training can contact the registrar at registration@cpsac.org.

Is there a course available in my area soon?
You can consult our events page for upcoming courses, or by contacting the registrar at registration@cpsac.org. We will ensure that you are notified of all course options in your local area, including available spaces in closed professional courses that may be available to members of the public. We also have a mailing list specific to course registration. Please complete the form here if you wish to be updated on course offerings in your province.