Thursday, March 28, 2019

Opportunity: State Seeking Car Safety Technicians


March 27, 2019
Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager

State Seeking Car Seat Safety Technicians
Scholarships Available for Upcoming Training Courses 

There are approximately 1,250 certified Child Passenger Safety technicians and instructors through-
out Colorado. Car Seats Colorado, a joint effort between the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and 
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), oversees the work of the technicians and encourages 
anyone passionate about car seat safety to become a certified Child Passenger Safety technician.

“Our goal is to create new resources in every community,” said CSP Trooper Tim Sutherland, program 
coordinator for Car Seats Colorado. “Many people are surprised that you don’t have to be a fire-
fighter, police officer or first responder to become a Child Passenger Safety technician, but this is an 
opportunity available to anyone interested.”

Car Seats Colorado is offering scholarships for its certification training program — which is normally 
$95. Therefore, interested participants do not have to worry about the burden of covering these costs.

“We want to reach more schools, daycares, and parents who are active in their communities,” said 
Sam Cole, traffic safety communications manager for CDOT. “We want anyone to apply who is 
motivated and passionate about making a difference in the lives of Colorado families by keeping all 
children safe on the road.”

Certification courses are offered 12 times per year at various locations throughout the state and 
involve three days of training. Certification is good for two years and can be easily maintained. 
Once certified, technicians are given an official identification card and are registered in the Safe Kids 
Worldwide technician database.

“There are a lot of ways to use your certification after completing the training,” said Sutherland. 
“Technicians can participate in local safety events, offer seat checks within their communities or 
networks, or get involved with local organizations to provide car seat inspections and events across 
the state.”

The next upcoming certification courses are:
·        Colorado Springs — April 15-17 at the Falcon Fire Department
·        Golden — May 7-9 at the Colorado State Patrol Academy
·        Longmont — May 21-23 at Kinsco Public Safety
·        Gunnison — June 3-5 at the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office
·        Grand County — June 17-19 at Grand County Emergency Medical Services
·        Glenwood Springs — July 15-17 at CDOT
·        Las Animas — July 29-31 at Las Animas Fire Department
·        Fort Morgan — Aug. 13-15 at TBD
For more information and to register for a certification course, visit

Car Seats Colorado provides advocate education, resources and certification training courses. Car 
Seats Colorado is comprised of the CSP, CDOT, and local child passenger safety technicians who are 
dedicated to implementing child passenger safety programs.

For more information on Colorado’s Child Passenger Safety laws, car seat resources for parents and 
caregivers and more, visit