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Psychiatric Technicians

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Psychiatric technicians must be licensed in California and several other states. Ask your guidance or placement counselors for more information about licensing requirements in your state. Voluntary certification is available through the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians. To receive basic certification, you will need to take a multiple-choice exam covering topics on mental disorders and developmental disabilities. Those who pass the test receive the designation nationally certified psychiatric technician and can place the initials NCPT after their names. To attain higher levels of certification, applicants must pass an essay test and meet specific education and experience requirements. Depending on the employer, a certified technician may qualify for higher pay than a noncertified worker.

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