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Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) Training 


The Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC) provides a national, up-to-date Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) training program.  


CPSAC has grown since its inception and now has over 1,500 members across Canada including over 400 right here in Atlantic Canada!  Technicians and Instructors are reaching parents, caregivers, health care providers, law enforcement and many others through channels of education and outreach.


Child Safety Link offers the CPSAC Child Passenger Safety Technician course (3 days), and also training for experienced technicians to become instructors of the program. Please contact Child Safety Link at 1-866-288-1388 (toll free in the Maritimes) or email Katherine.Hutka@iwk.nshealth.ca if you are interested in taking a course.


Visit the CPSAC website


Why is this important? 


We know that injuries related to motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of injury-related death for Canadian children. Motor vehicle collisions can cause a number of serious injuries such as damage to the spine and internal organs. Children are also at a higher risk for head injuries when they are not restrained properly.

Find more info from Parachute here


How are families using car seats in the Maritimes?


In a 2012 roadside study of children in Nova Scotia:

The most common errors included:

Parents and families love their children and want to keep them safe.  Together, we can help make sure that all families have the support they need to do just that!


Training Opportunities 2017


Child Safety Link supports Child Passenger Safety Technician training opportunities throughout the Maritimes.  Help parents and caregivers choose and use car seats and booster seats safely. Here are the past training dates for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI & Newfoundland and Labrador: 


Nova Scotia – Training Dates – 2017

  • Dartmouth, NS May 26, 27, 28
    (In partnership with Parents and Children Together Resource Centre (PACT))
  • Elmsdale, NS June 21, 22, 23
    (In partnership with East Hants Family Place)
  • Lr. Sackville, NS June 28, 29, 30
    (In partnership with Memory Lane Family Place)
  • Membertou, NS Oct 18, 19, 20
    (In partnership with Membertou Wellness Home)
  • Dartmouth, NS Oct 25, 26, 27
    (In partnership with East Preston Family Resource Centre)


New Brunswick Training Dates – 2017

  • Dieppe, NB      April 29, 30 & May 6
  • Rothesay, NB May 27, 28 & June 10 
  • Sussex, NB June 17, 18 & 24
  • Fredericton, NB Sept 23, 24 & 30 


PEI – Training Dates – 2017

For those who have had previous training through ITSA/the Cooperators:

  • Monday, May 15 – 1-day refresher/transfer course in Charlottetown (Cornwall)
  • Friday, May 19 – 1-day refresher/transfer course in Alberton

For those who wish to take the complete 3-day training:

  • May 16, 17, 18 (Tues, Wed, Thurs) – 3-day course in Charlottetown (Cornwall)

The PEI training dates are brought to you through a partnership with Kids West Family Resource Centre. Thanks to the Insurance Bureau of Canada and PEI Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy. 


Newfoundland & Labrador Training Dates – 2017


For more information or to register contact katherine.hutka@iwk.nshealth.ca or call 902-470-7324 or fill out this waiting list form here.

Space in these training classes is limited and often reserved for those who work with vulnerable families.