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Child passenger safety course coming next month

Guelph resident Alainna Smith feels parents and child caregivers should have knowledge of vehicle and car seat safety

A child passenger technician safety course is coming to Cambridge in April. Upon successful completion of course, students will be certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

Guelph resident Alainna Smith, a mother of two and Child Passenger Safety Technician with Car Seat Coach, feels that parents, child caregivers, and others in childcare industries should have knowledge of vehicle and car seat safety.

“It is difficult for parents and caregivers to find this information,” said Smith.

The course, which runs from Friday, April 8 until Sunday, April 10, will provide students with a thorough education on child passenger safety. People who receive certification from this course are qualified to teach parents and caregivers the ins and outs of child car seat safety and perform car seat checks. 

Topics covered include the mechanics of a collision, child restraint systems, and lots of hands-on practice, said Smith.

Smith realized how important it was to understand car seat safety when her oldest child was outgrowing car seats.

“I decided to do some training to learn more and I wanted to become a resource for my community,” said Smith.

The Guelph mother hopes to run some free clinics in Guelph to help educate parents on car safety. As far as she knows, she’s the only certified car seat coach in the city, but hopes that will change soon.

A program called Buckle Up Bears organized by The Cooperators has been retired, which was the only car seat installation program available in the city of Guelph.

“It would be awesome if some other people signed up for the course, so that they could help me educate the city,” said Smith, who notes that certification in her course does not qualify successful participants to train other technicians, but share their knowledge with the community.  

Smith said that people who become certified can use their certification as a volunteer in the community. 

So far nine people are registered for the Child Passenger Safety Technician Course, with three spots remaining. 

The price of the course includes registration, three years of certification, liability insurance if the registrant chooses to use their certification as a volunteer, course materials and clinic supplies.

The course times include:
Friday, April 8, 2016: 5:00pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 9, 2016: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, April 10, 2016: 9:00am – 6:00pm

To register please click here or contact Alainna Smith at