CPS certification expires after two years. Technicians and Instructors are required to successfully complete the recertification process before current certification expires.
Here is what you need to do to recertify:
- Meet these requirements and record the activities in your online profile:
- Conduct all five different types of seat checks
- Participate in at least one community education (checkups, community workshop, educational session)
- Participate in at least six continuing education units (CEUs). As part of ongoing quality assurance, you may be randomly selected for a CEU audit. Keep proof of content and completion of CEUs handy for three months after you recertify. You can monitor your audit status in your online profile.
- If you are an instructor, complete 20 Certification/Certification Renewal Testing Course teaching hours. At least 10 of the 20 hours must be earned through lecturing or hands-on teaching of the full Certification Course. The other 10 may be earned from mentoring or teaching the Certification Renewal Testing Course.
- Pay the recertification fee. The recertification fee is $55 for technicians and instructor candidates and $60 for instructors. A detailed fee table is available on this website under Resources-FAQs/Fees. Check your online profile if you are not sure when your certification expires.
You must complete all recertification requirements, including paying the recertification fee, on or before the expiration date of your current certification.
More Information: You can find many resources and tools to help you recertify under Resources-FAQs/Forms.
Two years goes by quickly, and recertification cannot be completed in just one day. Safe Kids strongly recommends updating your online profile each time you conduct a seat check, attend community education, and as you complete CEUs.
You can fulfill all the recertification requirements, including payment, up to four months prior to the date your certification expires. Don’t worry. You won’t lose any time. Your certification dates stay the same, regardless of when you complete the requirements for recertification.
Need more information? Check out:
- “How to Recertify Online” – This comes in either PowerPoint or PDF. You’ll find it at the bottom of the Resources-FAQs/How to page.
- Resources, tips and quick links for earning CEUs online on the Resources-FAQs/Forms - Recertification
- Our Policies & Procedures Manual, and look under Recertification.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Customer Service (877-366-8154, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. EST).
To remind you that it is time to complete your recertification, Safe Kids will send you:
- A personalized letter approximately eight weeks before your current certification expiration date, and
- Three personalized e-mails sent eight, four and two weeks before your current certification expiration date.
The letter and e-mails will be sent to the official contact information in your CPS online profile, so it is essential to keep your profile information up-to-date.
In addition, there are frequent reminders in the CPS Express, our bimonthly newsletter. Please be sure that e-mails from “firstname.lastname@example.org” aren’t going to the spam filter of your e-mail system.
What to do if Your Certification Expires
If your CPS certification expires, you have two options:
- Register for and pass the one-day Certification Renewal Testing Course
- Repeat the Certification Course. Safe Kids recommends this for anyone who does not pass the Certification Renewal Testing Course or who has not been active in the child passenger safety field for some time.
If you are an instructor, your CPS certification expires and you want to become certified as an instructor again, you will need to go through the process again: become certified as a technician, apply for instructor candidacy, meet all eligibility requirements, and successfully complete the candidacy process.
No refunds will be provided to those who do not pass the Certification or Certification Renewal Testing courses. You may, however, register for any subsequent course and pay all associated fees.
For more information: Please refer to our Policies & Procedures Manual, and look under Recertification.
Active military duty and natural disasters are two situations where we would consider extending certifications.
MILITARY DUTY: On behalf of everyone at Safe Kids, we thank you for your service. If you were currently certified at the time of your assignment to overseas military duty and provide official documentation of the assignment and its duration, Safe Kids will work with you to provide extra time for you to recertify without penalty.
To recertify, you must contact us within three months after your return to the United States, provide required documentation and complete the recertification process in a timely manner.
NATURAL DISASTERS: If you need additional time to recertify due to a natural disaster, provide Safe Kids with a simple explanation of the situation and relevant dates.
Requests should be received prior to your certification expiration but will be accepted within six months of the disaster. Safe Kids will work with you to provide additional time for you to recertify without penalty.