Instructor Resources


How to Become an Instructor with CPSAC

Experienced technicians who have the time, energy, and interest in coaching and mentoring new technicians should consider becoming an instructor with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC). The process to become an instructor involves working closely with an instructor trainer (IT) as an instructor candidate (IC) and by doing so you will learn the logistical, administrative, and teaching skills needed to effectively teach others how to become technicians.

If you are working on a tight timeline, the IT and IC should have a frank discussion about your readiness. The instructor candidacy process is likely to take at least 3-6 months to allow for adequate IC readiness. Some candidates may be comfortable with less time, and some may take more. The goal of becoming an instructor is to not only make you an effective and competent teacher, but to also deliver a quality experience for the technician candidates.  Ensure you have adequate time to prepare so both you and the technician candidates enjoy a positive experience.

Instructor Candidacy Process

  1. Membership Requirements
    Be a CPSAC-certified technician for at least two years and remain certified throughout the IC process (do not let your technician certification lapse).
  2. Connect with an Instructor Trainer
    Make contact with an instructor trainer
    who will mentor you through the instructor candidacy process. If you need assistance reaching out please contact
  3. Submit Paperwork
    Submit an Instructor Application Form to Registration. You will then be prompted to complete a Teaching Standards Agreement, and a Standard Reference Form (to include testimonials as described below).
  4. Testimonials
    Instructor candidates must submit four testimonials from a minimum of two people: two regarding your technical skills and caregiver interactions and two regarding your coaching and mentoring abilities. These testimonials must describe observations made in the past three (3) years.
  5. Pay the Application Fee
    Request an invoice from Registration and submit your application fee ($50). Submission of the fee may be done up to three months prior to two years as a technician.
  6. Prepare to Teach
    Prepare to teach. Work closely with your IT who will guide you through the preparation process. See “Instructor Candidacy Coaching Guidelines” for a timeframe and specific areas of coaching.
    Please also see “Tips for Success” within this document, with ideas gathered from other CPST-Is and CPST-ITs.
  7. Complete the Technical Knowledge and Skills Assessment
    This is a multiple choice survey of your knowledge. This assessment can be written at your convenience. Connect with the Registrar for this package when the IC and IT are ready for this step.
  8. Co-teach a Course
    Co-teach a course
    (classroom and clinic portions), with the IC leading at least 50% of the modules. If co-teaching with another IC, divide the modules evenly between the ICs, with the IT providing support as needed. Co-teaching must happen after two years as a technician.
  9. Complete Follow-up Forms
    IC and IT together complete Instructor Candidacy Milestones Form; IT completes Instructor Feedback and Evaluation Form with recommendation for or against certification, both submitted to Registration. Upon successful completion, IC will be issued an instructor certificate valid for three years.
  10. If you are Unsuccessful
    If you are unsuccessful in completing this process, please try again, taking the time to focus on areas for growth as identified by the IT. There is no limit to how many times you can co-teach a course to obtain a recommendation for certification; however, the process must be completed within one year of submitting your application fee. If you wish to continue after the one year has passed you will begin a new IC cycle with a new fee.


Instructor Candidate Subsidy

CPSAC is aware that there are many areas in Canada that are under-represented by both technicians and instructors. We have senior technicians in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario who are eligible to become instructors but who live too far from an instructor trainer (IT) for it to be financially feasible to be supervised by one. To help fill this gap, CPSAC will offer travel assistance funding to support the need for instructor trainers to travel to areas that have instructor candidates, or for ICs to travel to an IT.

Further details regarding this can be found in the IC Travel Funding Procedure.



Teaching Materials: Updated 12-Jan-2016

Current, revised teaching materials can be found both here. Please do not share these links or any of the materials included. The materials are for your information only and not for wider distribution.

If you ever encounter anything that is not working well for your teaching style, if you have a great idea for how to improve the curriculum, if you find your students are struggling with anything – we want to hear that. Please contact us by email at

Course Syllabus
PDF of the course content is available here.

Sample Letter to CPST course participants
Download an editable version (Word document) of a sample letter to send to those who have registered in a course. Modify with your details as needed.

How to Plan and Run a CPST Course
We’ve drafted a “how to” for new instructors. Please submit changes to this document to

Teaching Standards Agreement
2016 Teaching Standards Agreement


How to print manuals at Staples: step by step guide with screenshots and money-saving tips.

Technician Manual


Instructor Manual




Exams & Activities

NOTE: All activities are already included in the CPST Manual. They are provided here as individual files should you prefer them separately for some reason.

Individual exam files are available below:

Admin Files & Forms

Individual files and forms are available below:


Videos required by the curriculum are currently available in 2 locations, on Dropbox as well as on the CPSAC Curriculum YouTube channel.

Please be aware that the Dropbox location contains additional Transport Canada research videos, which you may want to incorporate into your teaching.

Additional supplemental YouTube videos, (as documented in the instructor manual) are listed below:

Module 1:

  1. New Zealand public service announcement about projectiles and speed in a crash. Shows air bag deployment, projectiles including a glass bottle, phone and apple and internal collision of brain and eye. Graphic but not gory.
  2. German ADAC crash test (voice over is in English) contrasting proper and improper stowage of typical hardware store purchases and the resulting movement of the items. Uses a modified test sled and crash test dummies.
  3. New Zealand public service announcement about speed. Chilling but not gory. Shows movement of driver toward impact in the last few seconds.

Module 4:

  1. Using a belt-shortening clip.

Module 6:

  1. Transport Canada Research Testing Video Illustrates an infant dummy ramping up in a CRS.

Module 9:

  1. Video shows simulation of boostered and non-boostered child in a crash. Disregard “boost ’til 8” message.

What happens after the course is finished?

1. Email a completed Course Report to the Registrar by email as an Excel file. If you would rather submit via a Google Sheet here is a VIEW ONLY version. Make a copy to your own drive, complete it, and then email it to the Registrar either by sharing a link to the file, or downloading as an Excel file.

Send also completed New Technician Contact Form forms either as a scan (as one file is preferred), or via letter mail. Forms can also be sent with payment but certificates won’t be issued without them.

2. Wait for an invoice to be sent to you, via email as a PDF.

3. Upon receipt of invoice submit payment (by cheque or online with credit card or PayPal, or EMT to Please ensure the password is sent separately to the treasurer, along with your invoice number.

4. Submit payment; certificates will be issued by email, provided all other paperwork is in order.



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