Child restraint technicians play a very important role in keeping children safe on our roads. For this reason, the child restraint training programme has been linked to a competence-based system.

To become a child restraint technician you need to have trained in the competence-based system.

There are two options:

  • a knowledge-based option
  • a technician option.

The process to become a child restraint technician (CRT)

1. Get in touch with an assessor or trainer who can guide you through the details of the training and assessment process. Assessors and trainers may be employed by a retailer (or another organisation) but they are independent and are able to train or assess anyone.

List of assessor/trainers

2. You are expected to obtain two competencies and be listed as a CRT on our website

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This ensures that all CRTs have the skills and knowledge required to carry out this role competently. The two competencies are:

1) Demonstrate knowledge of child restraints to provide advice for installation, rental or sale (knowledge competency), and

2) Select approved child restraints for installation, rental or sale, and install them (practical competency).

If you only need to know how to select and use child restraints as part of your job, rather than install them, you will only need to obtain one competency (knowledge based). People holding only this competency are not deemed to be CRTs. If you are new to the sector, you will undergo training and then be assessed in the competencies you wish to obtain.

The assessment for the knowledge competency is carried out by a theory test where you can use your reference manual for assistance. Once you are deemed competent, you do not have to repeat the knowledge competency unless major changes are made to the competency due to – for example – significant legislative changes. If this happens, reassessment would need to take place.

The second assessment (to become a CRT) can only be undertaken once you are deemed competent in the theory assessment. This assessment is a practical assessment where you are observed installing a range of child restraints. People holding both competencies will be recognised as a CRT.

3. Your assessor will guide you through this process. Once you have been trained and assessed your assessor will assist in getting your contact details listed on the Waka Kotahi website.

Note: CRTs play an important role in keeping children safe on our roads. They can provide informed advice on the type of child restraint needed. They also have the practical knowledge to correctly fit a child restraint into a vehicle and show parents/caregivers how to do it too. However, a CRT is not a legal requirement for installing child restraints under land transport legislation.

Becoming a child restraint technician (guide)

Frequently asked questions on changes to becoming a child restraint technician [PDF, 186 KB]

Find a child restraint trainer or assessor

If you’re looking to become a child restraint technician, you need to get in touch with a trainer or assessor who can guide you through the training and assessment process. They are listed in the table below.

Child restraint trainers hold (in addition to child restraint technician certification) a range of adult education standards. Trainers (who are also assessors) can both train and assess the competence of new people wishing to certify and assess the competence of those wishing to recertify.

Child restraint assessors are registered with ServiceIQ and hold (in addition to child restraint technician certification) a range of standards around the assessment of adult learning.

Assessors can assess your competence against both the theory and practical standards whether you are 'recertifying' or becoming certified for the first time. People who are assessors but not trainers are not qualified to train new people wishing to certify.

It is possible for people to train as an assessor, without being a trainer.

Assessors and trainers may be employed by a retailer (or other organisation) but they are independent and are free to train or assess anyone.

The region listed below is where they are located but many of them train groups outside of their area.

Current trainers and assessors

Name Region Landline Mobile Email
Danielle Beh Auckland   021 271 8663 danielle@sittight.co.nz
Simone Budel Auckland   021 234 9352 simone.budel46@gmail.com
Mary Hall Auckland 09 846 4162 021 176 0372 marynben34@gmail.com
Nicole Magnus Auckland   09 813 5098 Nicole.magnus@thlonline.com
Rachael Hannah Auckland and Waikato (Waikato by application)   021 0816 4855

Rachael.Hannah@at.govt.nz

Susan MacIlwee Bay of Plenty   021 115 8112 macilwee@xtra.co.nz
Michelle Whittaker (Little Buds) Whanganui   027 239 5608 little.buds@xtra.co.nz  
Vivien Morton Wellington 04 234 7071 027 645 1146 morton_family@xtra.co.nz
Bruce Wilson Wellington   021 466 250

carseatdude@forensiccrash.co.nz

Ruby O'Sullivan Nelson   022 632 2564 ruby_osullivan@hotmail.com
Claire Turner Nelson 03 547 2244 027 275 2786 claire
@babyonthemove.co.nz
Amanda Franklin* Christchurch
Ashburton
Timaru
03 389 7066 027 500 8558 w_franklin100@hotmail.com
Clare Horwell Otago (Mosgiel and Dunedin)   027 460 5534 sittingsafenz@gmail.com
Tanya Lonneker Southland     Tanya.l@infa.co.nz

*Available for recertifications only (no initial training or assessments).

Child restraint technician’s manual

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Child restraint installation flyer

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