According to Safe Kids Worldwide, there are about 42,000 certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST). But what do they do? Certified CPSTs are specially trained individuals who are knowledgeable in child safety seat installation, best practices and education. They provide support and guidance to caregivers with child safety seat questions and concerns. With motor vehicle crashes being a leading cause of death for children under 14, there is a continued need for CPSTs to provide information on child safety seats to families.
Where can I find a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician?
CPSTs may work in environments such as healthcare and emergency response, but some perform this duty outside their usual occupations to educate those involved in childcare. These experts are great resources for caregivers who need help with safety seat installation.
You may also find CPSTs assisting with car seat check events to educate the public by providing hands-on support for proper child safety seat usage.
Can I schedule an appointment with a CPST?
Yes! You can visit locations throughout the Metro Nashville and Davidson County area, as well as surrounding counties, to have a CPST inspect your child safety seat. Some locations require an appointment. Others will ask you to call first to ensure a CPST will be available to you. Find locations of fitting stations near you.
You can also attend a car seat check event. These typically free events give community members the chance to ask questions and feel more at ease with their seat usage skills. Safe Kids Cumberland Valley participates in car seat check events throughout the year. Visit their website to learn about upcoming events.
How do I become a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician?
If you want to learn about becoming a CPST, search for a certification course near you. Certification currently lasts for two years with recertification required.