Child Passenger Safety Technician Training

Certification and Renewal Courses

Illinois has nearly 1600 active Child Passenger Safety Technicians working to educate parents and caregivers on proper car seat use and installation. Regular three and four-day certification courses are held to train new CPS Technicians. 64 CPS Technicians are certified as Instructors and conduct approximately 35 annual training opportunities. Renewal courses are also held for previously certified CPS Technicians. CPS Courses and certifications are tracked through Safe Kids Worldwide. Visit their website to find a course or register for new class alerts.

CPS Technician Skill Builders

In 2018, CPS Technicians and Instructors will have the opportunity to attend a regional, single-day training offering six (6) CEUs. The Technician Skill Builder (TSB) curriculum planning is underway, and dates/locations will be posted before December 31, 2017. Technicians will be able to choose from over 25 TSBs across the state. Look for registration materials and additional information via mail and email.

CPS Conference

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering (BSPE) hosted the first statewide Child Passenger Safety (CPS) conference in five years on April 10, 2017. Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) and Instructors (CPSTI) were invited to Bloomington to attend this single-day Technical Update featuring nationally recognized speaker, Joe Colella. Advocates from eight different car seat manufacturers attended to offer education and showcase new seats on the market. The conference attracted over 280 CPSTs and offered all six (6) CEUs toward recertification as well as provided networking opportunities and hands-on engagement with a variety of car seats.

The next statewide CPS Conference will be held in 2019. More information to follow.