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Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) Training 

 

The Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC) provides a national Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) training program.  

 

CPSAC has grown since its inception and now has nearly 2,000 members across Canada including over 450 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 mentoring 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? 

 

Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of fatal injury for Canadian children.  Children are especially vulnerable to these injuries when they are not properly buckled in the right car seat, booster seat or seat belt. 

Infographic: Kids in Cars in Atlantic Canada – What You Need to Know

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 2021

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 current and past training dates for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI & Newfoundland and Labrador: 

 

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.

 

Now planning for locations across the Maritimes for 2021:

At this time all training dates through 2021 have been cancelled.  These dates will be rescheduled for Spring 2021.  Registered participants will be notified as soon as new dates are announced. 

 

Nova Scotia Training Dates – 2020

 

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

 

PEI – Training Dates – 2020

At this time all training dates through July 1st have been cancelled.  These dates will be rescheduled for Fall 2020.  Registered participants will be notified as soon as new dates are announced. 

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

  • CANCELLED: June 9, 10, 11 (Tues, Wed, Thurs) – 3-day course in Charlottetown (Cornwall)

For those who wish to recertify:

  • CANCELLED: Friday, June 12 – 1-day refresher/transfer 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. 

 

For more information contact katherine.hutka@iwk.nshealth.ca or call 902-470-7324 or fill out this PEI registration form here.

 

New Brunswick – Training Dates – 2020

 

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Past Training Opportunities 2017-2019

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 – 2019

  • Halifax – April 10, 11, 12 2019 (Wed, Thurs, Fri) with Katherine Hutka
    in partnership with North End Parent Resource Centre
  • Antigonish – May 3, 4, 5 2019 (Fri, Sat, Sun) with Katherine Hutka
    in partnership with RCMP – Antigonish Detachment
  • Yarmouth – May 27, 28, 29 2019 (Mon, Tues, Wed) with Katherine Hutka
    in partnership with Parents’ Place Yarmouth Family Resource Centre
  • Dartmouth – Sept July 9, 10, 11, 2019 (Mon, Tues, Wed) with Amy Ells and Sandra Kalyta
    in partnership with CAA Atlantic.
  • Halifax – Sept 17, 18, 19, 2019 with Katherine Hutka
    Location and partnerships still to be determined
    (This course is open exclusively to those who work in support of the safe transportation of children with special healthcare needs in hospitals, health centres and as medical equipment vendors.)
  • Truro, NS – Sept 19, 20, 21 (Thurs, Fri, Sat) with Nancy Thurston
    Hosted by Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre

 

New Brunswick Training Dates – 2019

  • Grand Bay/Westfield, NB – June 22, 23, 24th 2019 (Sat, Sun, Mon) with Amanda Fowlie
  • Rothesay, NB – July 6th, 7th and clinic on the 13th. (Sat, Sun, Sat) with Amanda Fowlie
  • New Maryland, NB – Sept 21, 22 & 28 (Sat, Sun & Sat) with Becky Johnson and Kelly Stainforth
    For more info or register email Becky Johnson at preciouscargo.cpst@gmail.com

 

Newfoundland and Labrador Training Dates – 2019

  • St. John’s, NL – July 19-21 with BethAnn Bartlett & Angela Stacey
  • Stephenville, NL – Oct 17-19 with Paula Patchim & Bernice Hancock

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Nova Scotia Training Dates – 2018

  • CANCELLED Tantallon (HRM), NS – April 23, 24, 25 with Katherine Hutka (and Amy Ells)
  • Bridgewater, NS – May 23, 24, 25 with Katherine Hutka (With Amanda Crouse and Julie Nickerson)
  • Dartmouth (HRM), NS – May 28, 29, 30 with Katherine Hutka (and Amy Ells)
    (Sponsored by the Halifax Regional Police)
  • Lower Sackville, NS – Sept 15, 22, 29 2018 with Sarah Bent
    in partnership with Memory Lane Family Place
  • Baddeck, NS – Oct 16, 17, 18 2018 with Lisa Carr & Katherine Hutka
    in partnership with Cape Breton’s Family Place

New Brunswick Training Dates – 2018

  • Rothesay, NB – April 7, 8 & 14 with Amanda Fowlie
  • Moncton, NB – June 2, 3 & 9 with Amanda Fowlie

Newfoundland and Labrador Training Dates – 2018

  • St. John’s, NL – June 14, 15, 16 with Katherine Hutka & BethAnn Bartlett 
  • St. John’s, NL – Sept 29, 30 and Oct 6 2018 with BethAnn Bartlett

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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.