The National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training provides the basic technical skills, experience, and knowledge of the proper use and installation of child passenger safety seats required to conduct child safety seat inspections. To keep apprised of the technological changes and federal regulations that affect the correct installation of child safety seats, technicians and instructors must be recertified every two (2) years.
Upon successful completion of the training program, CPS technicians have the knowledge and skills to conduct the following:
The training is for law enforcement, nurses, school bus drivers, community health educators, daycare providers, parents, dealership staff, and others that work with or provide information about child safety seats. Participants should be prepared for the physical activity required for installing child safety seats. Students take both written and hands-on tests and participate in a child safety seat check-up event. At the check-up event, students must effectively communicate and demonstrate proper installations to the public.
At the conclusion of the training, certification is obtained through the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. Recertification is required every two (2) years through an on-line test and child safety seat sign-off.
Like Check events, parents can get information and assistance on the proper use of child safety seats at Inspection Stations. Unlike Check events, Inspection Stations are permanent locations. Most Inspection Stations require you to schedule an appointment.
How to become a Nebraska Child Safety Seat (CSS) inspection station: applicants must be either a political subdivision or 501c3 non–profit organization, upon recognition, as a Nebraska CSS inspection station, the organization will conduct child safety seat inspections according to the application guidelines.
Nebraska CSS inspection stations are eligible for funding assistance to purchase child restraint systems for low-income families.
Check events are set up in public areas such as shopping center parking lots. Checks are conducted for a set period of time (usually 3-4 hours). Parents and caregivers bring their child’s safety seat, motor vehicle, and child to the event. Trained child passenger safety technicians perform an evaluation for all children in the vehicle who are under 13 years old. They will check for the following:
To find out when the next event will be held in your area, visit the Nebraska Safe Kid’s website.
Differences between what is "Legal" and what is "Recommended":
Parents and other caregivers frequently ask the question “what is the law regarding buckling up my child?” Most parents and caregivers assume the law is the safest and what is recommended by safety experts. However, this is not always the case. The Nebraska child passenger safety and safety belt laws, like other states’ restraint laws, are the result of compromises between the “best practice” recommendations of safety experts and provisions the legislators feel are practical, enforceable, and will be tolerated by the general public and their own constituents.
Occupant restraint laws should be considered to be minimum standards. The two biggest differences between what is legal vs. what is recommended are:
Important Safety Reminders