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The National Child Passenger Certification Training Program

Learn more about our CPS ProgramThe National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program certifies people as child passenger safety technicians and instructors. Since the program began in 1997, more than 154,000 people have completed training and been certified as child passenger safety (CPS) technicians. They come from hospitals, police departments, fire departments and health departments. Many technicians are parents, many are volunteers, but they all have one thing in common: They care deeply about kids and want to make sure they’re safe.

CPS technicians and instructors put their knowledge to work by conducting child safety seat checks, where parents and caregivers receive hands-on assistance with proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts.

Safe Kids is the certifying body for the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. It administers all aspects of CPS certification and maintains a directory of nationally certified CPS technicians and instructors. Safe Kids provides course materials, registration and customer service to CPS technicians and instructors.

The National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program is Made Possible by the Following Partners

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed the original National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training Curriculum in the mid-1990s and continues to update it with the latest technical information. NHTSA is also a founding member of the National Child Passenger Safety Board.

The National Child Passenger Safety Board

The National Child Passenger Safety Board strives to improve the quality and integrity of child passenger safety information and materials. It provides recommendations and guidance to NHTSA and Safe Kids regarding curricula and test development and serves as a panel of experts and advocates for the program as a whole. 

State Farm

Since 2005, State Farm has been the sole corporate sponsor of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. Its support makes possible the online certification and course management systems and provides online program enhancements for CPS technicians and instructors.

Are you interested in becoming a CPS technician?  Learn more about the program and how you can become certified. 


Since the CPS certification program began in 1998, more than 162,000 people have successfully completed the course, including 41,000 currently certified CPS technicians. These dedicated technicians offer education, support and guidance in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

Around the World

The U.S. CPS certification program is widely considered to be the gold standard across the globe and is regularly offered outside the United States and its territories. Recent certification courses have been offered in Canada, China, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Safe Kids provides course materials and supports instructors as they strive to keep kids safe in vehicles around the world.