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2016 CPS Technical Update Class Overview

Learn more about CPS Re-Certification requirements and what is covered in the 2016 TIPP CPS Technical Update Class

 Child Passenger Safety Technical Update

Successful completion of a National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training class certifies an individual as a CPS technician for two years. The certification cycle for both technicians and instructors is two years. In order to retain your CPS certification, you must successfully complete the recertification process.

There are two general steps to successful recertification:

1. Meet all pre-registration requirements, including:

  • Verified seat check activity (5 types)
  • Community event (one checkup or community workshop)
  • Continuing education (6 hours)
  • If CPSTI, teaching hours (20)

2. Register and pay for recertification (this may be done up to four months prior to your certification cycle end date)

  • The recertification fee is $50 for technicians and instructor candidates and $60 for instructors.


The Traffic Injury Prevention Project has developed a Child Passenger Safety Technical Update class that has been pre-approved for 6 CEUs. Not only will the class provide information on technical updates and changes made within the CPS field, but participating in the class provides the required 6 hours of continuing education earning the 6 CEUs for re-certification. The 2016 CPS Technical Update discusses the AAP / NHTSA best practice recommendations for selection of car seats based on age and size, provides CPS resources, and reviews survey results and research reports. Occupant protection discussion on airbags, adavnced airbag considerations for rear-facing car seats and seat belt systems.  LATCH information reviews maximum weight for lower anchors and labeling requirements, research study on LATCH usability in vehicles, the notice of proposed rulemaking for improving the usability of LATCH in vehicles, review of the 2015 LATCH manual and tether use. The Child Restraint Trends and Features Section will review the FMVSS 213 changes that went into effect on February 27, 2014 and the proposed rulemaking for Side Impact Testing for child restraints for children up to 40 pounds. This section will also highlight specific car seat features. Each section will review best practice recommendations and knowledge through "Fact or Fiction".

The 2016 CPS Technical Update class includes 3 segments that have been approved by National Safe Kids Certification for 6 CPS CEUs toward re-certification. The class will be offered throughout the State. Scheduled classes will be posted on the TIPP website. If you are interested in a class in your area, please contact your TIPP Regional Coordinator or the TIPP office at 1-800 CAR BELT.

The TIPP 2016 CPS Technical Update Course ID# is 6047.

CPS Best Practice Recommendations/Research/Occupant Protection (1.5 hour)

  • Review Best Practice Guidelines for child safety seat use
  • Provide a list of Organizations and website for technicians to use as resources for obtaining CPS information
  • Discuss NHTSA's National Child Restraint Use Survey Results
  • Discuss Hospital Research Study "Unsafe from the Start: Critical Misuse of Car Safety Seats for Newborns at Initial Hospital Discharge."
  • Discuss Study "Kinematics and Shoulder Position of Child Rear Seat Passengers During Vehicle Maneuvers"
  • Discuss GM's Dynamic Locking Latchplate
  • Discuss Airbags: Front, Ford's Next Generation, Side, GM Center Airbag, Inflatable Seat Belts, and CR Manufacturer's Statements on Use with their car seats
  • Discuss Advanced airbags and consideration when installing rear-facing car seats
  • Fact or Fiction

LATCH (3 hours)

  • LATCH Basics
  • Child Weight Limit for Lower Anchor Use
  • LATCH Usability in Vehicles UMTRI-2012-7
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Improving the Usability of LATCH
  • 2015 LATCH Manual
  • Discussion on use of Tethers for higher weight Car Seats
  • Fact or Fiction

Child Restraint Trends/Features (1.5 hours)

  • Changes in FMVSS 213
  • Proposed Side Impact Testing
  • Brief overview of 5 steps for correct use (Selection, Direction, Location, Installation, AND Harnessing), as stated in the revised curriculum.
  • Highlight car seat features: Angle Indicators, Lock-offs, Side Impact Protection, Rebound Control, Low Birth Weight Inserts, Height Adjustable Load Leg/Stability Leg, Installation (Smart Secure System, Belt Tensioning vs. Belt Tightening, Click Tight), Review Clek Foonf/Fllo, Britax Frontier/Pinnacle/Pioneer, MUV Kussen, Graco 4-Ever.
  • Fact or Fiction