Car Seat Tech (CPST) Training Course
Cost per participant: $250 + GST
Attendance is required for both the classroom and clinic portion, though there may be alternate arrangements possible for the clinic. Most students find they need a certain degree of physical dexterity to do this work, though skilled technicians are able to coach parents without ever touching a seat.
Nursing, non-mobile infants are welcome in the classroom portion of the course.
This course is suitable for:
emergency services personnel
nurses, midwives, and doulas
family support workers
baby and child retailers
child care providers
Many who take this course find rewarding volunteer opportunities in their community helping parents and caregivers. Some even earn tips!
Successful completion of the course comes with a 3-year certification with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada and 3 years of insurance when working as a volunteer (either with other CPSAC volunteers, with another organization, or when volunteering independently). You will receive your course manual and a supply of triplicate check forms.
About the Instructors
Holly Choi discovered her passion for teaching and mentoring while working in the medical software field over the past 6 years. Following the birth of her first child in the summer of 2015, Holly certified as a First Aid Instructor with the Lifesaving Society BC/Yukon Branch. Shortly thereafter, Holly became co-owner of Safe Beginnings First Aid alongside her sister. Safe Beginnings First Aid currently educates over 250 caregivers each month with essential lifesaving skills for small children. With a keen interest in child safety, Holly certified as a CPST in October 2015 with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC). Since certification, Holly volunteers weekly in her community; helping caregivers gain confidence with their car seat installation and usage. Holly successfully certified as a CPST-I (Instructor) with CPSAC in October 2017.
Janna Bakla is a former Early Childhood Educator (ECE) who worked in child care for 10 years before staying home full-time following the birth of her son. In 2016, Janna certified as a CPST with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC). Janna is a respected active member of the national Child Passenger Safety community, and was awarded CPSAC Member of the Year in 2018. Janna currently dedicates countless volunteer hours in her community through child passenger safety advocacy both online, and in-person with caregivers. Janna is currently an Instructor Candidate and this will be the first course she is instructing, as part of the process to become an instructor.