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Dear Prospective Student,

For many years kids have been endangered on the roadway because parents and other caregivers are unable to correctly restrain them as they travel. In 1997 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

created a standardized course to teach a variety of professionals how to help parents do a better job of protecting their children and reducing the number 1 killer of our children today --motor vehicle crashes.


Wisconsin Information Network for Safety (WINS), in partnership with the WIS-DOT, is pleased to provide standardized technician training throughout the state of Wisconsin, in an effort to protect children.

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Milwaukee, WI

CPS Training

participants &


Who Should attend?

ALL advocates who service families. The standardized training course is targeted to child passenger safety professionals and advocates aspiring to become technically competent to participate in, or conduct child safety seat clinics, and who are responsible for educating the public regarding correct safety seat choices and installations.

Participants have been trained from, but are not limited to the following professions; Medical professional, EMS, Rescue, Fire Departments, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Community Volunteers, Service Organizations, Insurance Professionals, Health Educators, Therapist, Vehicles Sales and Service, Child Care Providers, Injury Prevention, Family Resource Centers, Children’s Service Society, Health and Wellness, Learning Centers, Retail baby sales, Coroners office, Funeral home staff, Head Start and Pre-School staff.

What does the class involve?

Child passenger safety certification work

shops are designed to teach individuals the

technical and instructional skills needed to

serve as child passenger safety resources

for their organization, community or state.

Those who successfully complete the train

ing workshop are eligible to receive na

tional certification as a Child Passenger

Safety Technician through the National

SAFE KIDS Campaign. This educational

program provides the basic technical skills

and knowledge of the correct use and in-

stallation of child restraints and safety belts.


Life-size training dolls are used to teach accurate fit &

proper installation of child passenger safety seats.

Each chapter covered focuses on a single topic and will concentrate on the “need to know” facts. Chapters cover information necessary to assist parents and caregivers in the proper selection, use and installation of the child restraint. Technician candidate will learn when to appropriately move children to safety belts once booster seats are outgrown. There will be a variety of new and old child restraints for participants to use during class. All participants are encouraged to bring vehicles providing a variety to be on hand for activities and training. It is important that the vehicles have owners manuals as they are a useful resource when installing child restraints. There will be a sufficient amount of supplies for instruction and demonstration.
How are participants assessed?

Each technician candidate will receive a manual designed as a workbook. Workbook activities are provided to allow students to review and practice what is taught. Course assessment includes a variety of skill testing exercises, hands-on and written pieces.



Tomah, WI class of 2007



  1. Technician candidates will complete 3 timed open book quizzes throughout the course to assess the technician candidate’s grasp of the information taught.

  2. There are three skills tests allowing students to practice the skills, promote critical thinking and demonstrate communication skills. Students must pass all three and they have 3 attempts to pass each one.

  3. The final assessment is the technician candidate’s participation in a community car seat inspection event. This is a real world opportunity allowing participants to put their new skills into practice and work with families. The main role will be parent educator. The technician candidate will be responsible for the inspection of the child safety seat, demonstrating to the caregiver how to properly install the seat and secure the child.

Should a student not pass a hands-on skills test, not participate in the check-up or get an overall written score of less than 42 (85%), the student will have to re-take the course. There are no quiz re-takes.

What is the length of class?

Depending on the location, most of the classes are set-up for 3 full days. Some of the classes are arranged with 1/2 day on the first day, 2 full days, and 1/2 day on the last day. Most have 3 days of classroom and the inspection event on the 4th day. It is found to be beneficial to spread the information over a number of days for adult learners.


What are the course expectations:

1) You’ll need to attend ALL of the classes – all day every day. If there is inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, we may have to alter the schedule slightly during the class so please be aware that you may need to be flexible with your schedule. 2) Successful completion of the class will result in CPS certification for a two-year period. However, your training does not end with the class. You will need to work with more experienced technicians and network with other techs in your area. To accomplish this, you will need to attend at least 2 child safety seat check events each year. 3) You will also need to stay up to date on this ever-changing subject by reading technically accurate publications and annually attending an update/refresher class and/or CPS related conferences and conventions. Resources are also available on the web as well as hotlines and local resources that will be discussed during the class. Participants will need to complete 6 hours of continuing education to re-certify.


Upon Completion Participant:

  • Become entry level certified technicians


  • Develop skills regarding child passenger safety

  • Become a community resource


  • Educate others in child passenger safety issues

  • Reduce potential liability for your agency


How to Prepare?

  1. To better prepare yourself for the training we recommend that you review the first five chapters of the workbook that will be covered on day one. Click on course outline to view the chapter on-line.

  2. Visit a fitting station or attend an event in your area to view how it is done. Click on the web-site calendar for the schedule or fitting stations site.

  3. Locate and read your vehicle owners manual. Familiarizing yourself will make you more comfortable in class.


Make checks payable to: 

WINS CPS Training

52 Sunset Blvd.

Stevens Point, WI 54481

No credit or debit cards


Registration fee for WI residents includes lunch and expenses $235.00

National SAFE KIDS Certification fee + $75.00

Total Registration Fee Due = $310.00

  • The fee is NOT refundable.

  • Transferring to another class is possible ten (10) or more business days prior to class. Transferring to another class is only allowed one time per individual and must be in the same calendar year.

  • Registration fees are due on or before the first day of class.

  • Invoices available upon request.

  • Many classes have a waiting list, therefore cancellations and no-shows will be charged unrecoverable, additional $310.00.

  • Purchase orders are accepted with the registration form.

  • Out of state residents are charges $620.00

We sincerely hope you choose to participate in this course. The safety of the kids in Wisconsin depends on our ability to give their parents correct information. Your commitment to this program will prove to be a valuable resource to your community.


Call: 715-346-0055

Or toll-free 866-511-9467