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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.
A Technician must be certified for at least 6 months before they can apply to be a Technician Proxy. Technician Proxies should have superior CPS technical and communication skills. These take time to develop. Six months is the minimum amount of time and it will likely be longer before they are ready to consider becoming a Technician Proxy. Read more about Technician Proxies online.
Though your application fee will not expire, you are encouraged to pay the fee when you have a complete application to submit. Once submitted, it will be reviewed within one week and any additional information will be requested by email. The application is online.
No, once you complete the Technician Proxy application testimonial, you are agreeing that the applicant is qualified and skilled enough to make sound judgments on future seat check sign offs. Once approved as a Technician Proxy, all seat checks will be submitted under their certification. If you have any reservations about the readiness of a Technician to be a Technician Proxy, take time to mentor the Technician and help them be ready for the challenge and responsibility of being a Proxy.
You gain partners to can help Technicians recertify. Technician Proxies can review and approve seat checks for recertification which can be helpful in areas where instructors are limited. A good Tech Proxy benefits any CPS program by helping to keep the technicians in the area current and certified.
The Technician Proxy status does not expire, as long as they maintain their CPS Certification. Technicians who fail to recertify and wish to become Technician Proxies again are required to certify as Technicians then complete the Technician Proxy application process.
The same guidelines apply to seat check sign offs, whether done with an Instructor or a Proxy. In order to appropriately approve a seat check for recertification, the Technician Proxy (or instructor) should be present during the entire check. The Proxy will:
Observe the Technicians' interactions with parents and children to be sure that communication is accurate and consistent with the information and methodologies in the standardized curriculum.
Evaluate the Technicians' child passenger safety technical skills, including use of resources. The Proxy will double-check for a correct seat install and properly-adjusted harness.
Assure that paperwork is completed correctly with appropriate documentation.
It is the responsibility of Technician to enter their seat checks into their profiles. Technicians should be encouraged to log their seat checks as soon as possible after they are done. Once a seat check is logged, the Technician Proxy will be sent a courtesy e-mail notification of the pending verification. It is the responsibility of the Proxy to review verification requests and approve/disapprove seat checks in a timely manner. Read more about reviewing seat checks.
In addition to having superior child passenger safety technical and communication skills, the Proxy must be comfortable in providing feedback to Technicians and in passing or failing checks appropriately. They should be prepared to familiarize themselves with state/local checkup forms, so they can assure forms are completed accurately, following appropriate instructions/protocol.
Yes – The National Child Passenger Safety Certification Program provides tips on what to look for on their website. Check out the "Seat Check Sign off Checklist" under Resources – FAQs, then Forms then Recertification.
Proxies should be familiar with the recertification requirements and expectations. They should review the P&P manual and website to be sure they understand acceptable practices for seat checks that meet recertification requirements. If they have any questions, they should work with their local instructor team, fellow Proxies or contact Safe Kids.
Absolutely! Everyone benefits when they work together to keep each other current and improve both technical and communication skills.