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Safe Kids is the national certifying agency for Child Passenger Safety training. This page is a compilation of resources to help New Jersey’s Nationally Certified CPS Technicians obtain required Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) and retain their certification. Additionally, initial training and certification is addressed as a series of questions and answers.
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Initial CPS Training & Certification
What is the NHTSA Standardized CPS Training Program?

The 32 hour course (over 4 days, including a required public checkpoint) is taught through a combination of lectures, discussions of new issues, role playing and hands-on practice with both child safety seats and vehicle belt systems. Students should be prepared for the substantial physical activity needed to install safety seats. Students will take both written and hands-on tests, and participate in a "real world" CPS clinic or child safety seat check point.

If you would like to attend a course to become a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, go to, click on "Find a Course" on the right side of the page, then choose New Jersey from the list of states.

Why is there a need for training?
Child safety seat checkpoints routinely discover that eight out of ten children are not properly restrained in appropriate child safety seats or belt systems. Improper installation of child safety seats and/or misuse of the seats are the most common problems found.
Who should attend the training?
Health professionals, child care professionals and even conscientious parents
Police officers, fire and rescue personnel and child passenger safety advocates aspiring to become technically competent to participate in or conduct child safety seat clinics or education.
Experienced CPS professionals who want to advance their technical skills
Anyone involved in occupant protection who would like to learn more about child passenger safety.
The course emphasizes skills development in providing extensive hands-on assistance and instruction to the public.
In New Jersey, classes have been made up of primarily police officers, nurses, fire and rescue personnel, highway safety professionals, and health and medical professionals. In many cases the availability of funding for programs is dependant on having individuals on staff who have completed the training.
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