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2017 CPS Technical Update Class Overview

Learn more about CPS Re-Certification requirements and what is covered in the 2017 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 2017 CPS Technical Update discusses CPS Side Impact Testing and Child Restraint Parts and Functions, LATCH Update and teh 2017 LATCH Manual, CPS Then and Now, Child Restrant Highlights, and Boosters on the Go.  

The 2017 CPS Technical Update class includes 5 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 2017 CPS Technical Update Course ID# is 6254.

Side Impact Testing and Child Restraint Parts and Functions (1.5 hours)

  • Proposed Side Impact Testing
  • Child Restraint Parts and Functions
    • Rear-facing to 50 pounds
    • Harness - no-rethread, short and long harnesses, harness routing
    • Crotch Straps - slot weight limits, short and long buckle/adjustable buckle lengths
    • Infant Inserts
    • Energy Management Systems
    • Seat Belt Routing Instructions
    • Angle Indicators
    • Recline Adjusters
    • Stability/Load Legs

LATCH (1 hour)

  • Review of UMRI and IIHS Studies
  • NPRM for Improving LATCH
  • LA Maximum Weight Limits and Labeling
  • 2017 LATCH Manual

CPS Then and Now (1.5 hours)

  • Review Best Practice Guidelines for child safety seat use
  • 80/20 Rule: CR Base on Vehicle Seat
  • Towels and Pool Noodles
  • Crotch Rolls and Side Rolls for Positioning
  • Rear-facing Tethering
  • Forward-facing CR Gap with Vehcile Seat
  • Locking Clips vs. Lock-offs vs. Tensioning Plates
  • Let It Go! Top 10 +1

Child Restraint Higlights (1 hour)

  • Britax ClickTight Technology
  • Chicco Fit2
  • Graco SnugLock and Extend2Fit
  • Kiddy Evolution Pro 2 and 2 XL
  • Merritt Wallenberg

Boosters on the Go (1 hour)

  • NHTSA Changes to FMVSS 213
  • IIHS Measurement Tests for Good Belt Fit
  • Bubble Bum
  • Dorel Incognito
  • Mifold
  • Safe Traffic Systems Delighter Booster
  • Trunki BoostApak
  • Safety First Store and Go
  • Baby Trend Yumi
  • Nuna Aace
  • Peg Perego Viaggio Flex 120
  • BPB with LATCH