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
- 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).
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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).
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Teaching Standards Agreement
2016 Teaching Standards Agreement
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- CPSAC Technician Manual 12-Jan-2016 – File Hosted on Dropbox
- CPSAC Technician Manual 12-Jan-2016 – File Hosted on CPSAC
- CPSAC Instructor Manual 12-Jan-2016 – File Hosted on Dropbox
- CPSAC Instructor Manual 12-Jan-2016 – File Hosted on CPSAC
- Updates from May 2015 instructor manual – use this file to know exactly what was updated from the May 2015 manual to the January 2016 manual. We suggest you print this set of pages and swap out the ones they replace in your May 2014 manual.
- Table of Contents -Tech Manual – use it as a quick reference for what page modules begin on in the Technician Manual.
- Approximate teaching times will help you structure your course.
- Provincial & Territorial Law
- Slides – All Modules (Dropbox) or Slides – All Modules (CPSAC)
- Note: the slides are now in a PDF format. To use them like PowerPoint slides you need to determine how to “view full screen” on your PDF viewer, and then you should be able to page or tab through the slides just as you would in PowerPoint.
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.
- UPDATED 26-Apr-2017 Provincial & Territorial Law Summary
- ACTIVITY – Airbag & Seat Belt Assessment
- ACTIVITY – UAS & TA Identification
- ACTIVITY – Meet the Seats
- ACTIVITY – Manuals 101
- Skills Assessment Sign Off – print one for each student (it is also in their manual if you prefer to have them take their manuals out to cars with them)
- UPDATED 26-Apr-2017 Used Seat Check List
Individual exam files are available below:
Admin Files & Forms
Individual files and forms are available below:
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:
- 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. https://www.dropbox.com/s/jaheboj9q9pxv7b/SPEED%20Flying%20objects.mpg?dl=0
- 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1jj4NAzfHQ
- New Zealand public service announcement about speed. Chilling but not gory. Shows movement of driver toward impact in the last few seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvLaTupw-hk
- Using a belt-shortening clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkhEZvEUpIw
- Transport Canada Research Testing Video Illustrates an infant dummy ramping up in a CRS. http://download.isiglobal.ca/transport/crash_tests/64English_Streams/TC07-120_17_UN7-227_close_1.mov
- Video shows simulation of boostered and non-boostered child in a crash. Disregard “boost ’til 8” message. http://youtu.be/wLOJzG3oTQw
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 email@example.com. 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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