1. What are the deadlines to be an Instructor Candidate and complete the process? (rev. Oct. 1, 2011)
Once the application fee of $75 is paid, the applicant must submit a complete application. We recommend the fee be paid when the complete application is in hand and ready to be sent to Safe Kids Worldwide. A complete application includes having been a course assistant and both skills and classroom teaching testimonials. Please note that there is no longer a deadline to complete the application.
Once the paperwork is complete and they are officially an IC, they have 1 year to complete their candidacy by successfully teaching a course (with mentor).
2. What is the Course Assistant Requirement? (rev. Oct. 1, 2011)
Applicants must participate as course assistant for at least one certification course. This means, they actively participated in the planning meeting, setting up the classroom, classroom and outdoor exercises, and otherwise observed all aspects of the course, including various teaching styles. CPST does not lecture, grade or sign off skills tests.
Successfully completing the requirement is included in the CPSTI Testimonial in the application.
3. What is a Technician Proxy and how do I become one? (Oct. 1, 2011)
A Technician Proxy (Proxy) is a Certified Technician or Instructor Candidate who successfully applies to provide seat check reviews and sign offs for recertification. They must adhere to the rigorous standards in place for seat check reviews in terms of seat check feedback on communication and technical skill. This is not associated in any way with being a Senior Checker. It is simply a way to fill a need in areas with few Certified Instructors.
Certified technicians who have been certified for at least six months are eligible to apply. They will see a new action item, "Apply to be a Technician Proxy", in their CPS online profile. After paying the fee and submitting a complete application they are approved as a Proxy until their CPS Certification expires. Their certification status does not change. They have no additional recertification requirements.