Scott, Diono's expert CPST, answers a bunch of frequently asked questions regarding Diono Car Seat installation and child securing best practice
CPST stands for Child Passenger Safety Technician, and being a certified CPST means that you've gone through a certification process which involves class time. It involves a seat check at the end of the certification class, and then it involves recertification with continuing education units or CEU's.
You have to keep up on seat checks and you have to get re-certified every two years. And the cool thing about being a CPST is anybody over the age of 18 can get certified and then you can go out into your community and help make sure the kids are riding safe in their car seats, which is a great way to give back to your community.
The one thing that CPST's are not is we're not car seat installers, we're not going to install a parent or caregivers seat for them. We're going to teach them how to install their car seat correctly. Make sure that they're harnessing their child properly and that they understand the basics of child passenger safety so that they can make decisions that are best for their kid and their family.
While we can help with recommending seats for their family situation, we're not going to recommend one brand over another because that's not what our role is. Our role is to help the family with their current situation and get seats that fit what they need to make their family safe when they travel on the road.