Child Passenger Safety

 
Child Passenger Safety Program of WV

Keeping children safe on West Virginia’s roadways is a priority for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP). The GHSP Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program receives federal funding that provides the educational materials, training, and supplies the program needs. Many certified instructors and technicians all across the state are trained to install car seats properly.

 

Each of our GHSP regional coordinators are CPS certified, and have a list of technicians that can assist you with your child safety seat. You may also check our CPS seat fitting stations directory to find a location where you can have your child safety seat inspected for defects, recalls, proper use, and proper installation.

 

The current West Virginia Child Passenger Safety Law states that all children up to the age of eight must be properly secured in a federally approved child safety seat, which does include a booster seat. The only size provision to the law is that if the child reaches the height of four feet and nine inches tall (4' 9")before their eighth birthday, a seat belt becomes legally sufficient. The CPS law is a primary enforcement law, meaning law enforcement can pull you over if they suspect your child is not properly restrained in a child safety seat. For more details on the law click here.
  

Upcoming Child Passenger Safety Courses

 

May 13, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

2019 WV CPST Technical Update
Earn 6 CEUs for your CPST Recertification
Location: Judge Donald F. Black Courthouse Annex, 317 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 25601
To register, contact Sean Snyder, Region 4 Assistant, at (304) 234-3623 or smsnyder.ghsp4@gmail.com


June 3, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Child Passenger Safety Technician Renewal Course*
*This course is for former CPSTs whose certifications have recently expired but still maintain current knowledge and would like to be certified again. 
Location: Ripley Fire Department, 337 Main Street, Ripley, WV 25271
For more information, contact Beau Evans, Region 2 Coordinator, at evansb@cityofhuntington.com.
Register at 
https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID#WV20190419543.


June 5, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2019 WV CPST Technical Update
Earn 6 CEUs for your CPST Recertification
Location: WV Northern Community College, 1704 Market Street, Room 201 B, Wheeling, WV 26003
To register, contact Sean Snyder, Region 4 Assistant, at (304) 234-3623 or smsnyder.ghsp4@gmail.com


June 10, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Child Passenger Safety Technician Renewal Course*
*This course is for former CPSTs whose certifications have recently expired but still maintain current knowledge and would like to be certified again. 
Location: West Virginia Northern Community College-ITC Building, 1803 Eoff Street, Rm. 103, Wheeling, WV  26003
For more information, contact Sean Snyder, Region 4 Assistant, at (304) 234-3623 or smsnyder.ghsp4@gmail.com
Register at https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID# WV201902011212.


June 17, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Child Passenger Safety Technician Renewal Course*
*This course is for former CPSTs whose certifications have recently expired but still maintain current knowledge and would like to be certified again. 
Location: Hampshire County Health Department, 16189 Northweastern Pike, Augusta, WV 26704 
For more information, contact Sean Snyder, Region 4 Assistant, at (304) 234-3623 or smsnyder.ghsp4@gmail.com
Register at https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID# WV20190425556.


June 18-21, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course
Location: Hampshire County Health Department, 16189 Northwestern Pike, Augusta, WV 26704 
For more information, contact Sean Snyder, Region 4 Assistant, at (304) 234-3623 or smsnyder.ghsp4@gmail.com
Register at https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID# WV20190425555.


July 10, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Child Passenger Safety Technician Renewal Course*
*This course is for former CPSTs whose certifications have recently expired but still maintain current knowledge and would like to be certified again. 
Location: Lewisburg Fire Department, Station 2, 3673 Jefferson Street, North, Lewisburg, WV 24901
For more information, contact Sgt. Jamie Wilhite, Region 7 Coordinator, at jwilhite@beckleypd.com
Register at https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID# WV20190402483.


July 23-26, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course
Location: Belmont Volunteer Fire Department, 512 Triplett Street, Belmont, WV 26134
For more information, contact Sean Snyder, Region 4 Assistant, at (304) 234-3623 or smsnyder.ghsp4@gmail.com

Register at https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID# WV20190326447.


August 13-16, 2019 | 9:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course
Location: Weston Fire Department, 321 Center Street, Weston, WV 26452
For more information, contact Amy Boggs, GHSP Program Manager, at amy.m.boggs@wv.gov
Register at https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID# WV20190326448.


August 27-30, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course
Location: Summersville Arena & Conference Center, 3 Armory Way, Summersville, WV 26651
For more information, contact Amy Boggs, GHSP Program Manager, at amy.m.boggs@wv.gov
Register at https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID# WV20190419542.



For the latest and complete list of recalls and defects regarding child safety seats and vehicle restraints, please click here.

 

For questions about the CPS Program please contact the GHSP via email at dmvghsp@wv.gov or call 304-926-2509.