California Business and Professions Code
The board shall issue a psychiatric technician's license to each applicant who qualifies therefor, and, if required to take it, successfully passes the examination given pursuant to this chapter. The board shall also issue a psychiatric technician's license to each holder of a psychiatric technician license who qualifies for renewal pursuant to this chapter and who applies for renewal.
After the applicant passes the examination and upon receipt by the board of the initial license fee required by subdivision (e) of Section 4548, the board may issue a receipt or temporary certificate that shall serve as a valid permit for the licensee to practice under this chapter.
An applicant for license by examination shall submit a written application in the form prescribed by the board. After completion of a board accredited or approved psychiatric technician program and approval of the application, the board may issue an interim permit authorizing the applicant to practice all skills included in the permittee's basic course of study, pending the results of the first licensing examination.
A permittee shall function under the supervision of a licensed psychiatric technician or a registered nurse, who shall be present and available on the premises during the time the permittee is rendering professional services. The permittee may perform any function taught in the permittee's basic psychiatric technician program.
If the applicant passes the examination, the interim permit shall remain in effect until an initial license is issued by the board. If the applicant fails the examination, the interim permit shall terminate upon notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, or if the applicant fails to receive the notice, upon the date specified in the interim permit. An interim permittee shall not use any title or designation other than psychiatric technician interim permittee or "P.T.I.P."
An applicant for a psychiatric technician's license shall have the following qualifications:
(a) Be at least 18 years of age.
(b) Have successfully completed an approved general education course of study through the 12th grade or the equivalent thereof as determined by the board.
(c) Have successfully completed (1) a prescribed course of study and training in a school accredited by the board, which course of study and training shall combine the nursing knowledge and skills necessary for the care of any ill person and in addition those special skills necessary for the care of the mentally disabled and the developmentally disabled, or (2) a course of study and training which, together with previously acquired training or experience, is determined by a school accredited by the board to be equivalent in academic credits to its regular program for psychiatric technician training, or (3) have completed a course of study and training which in the opinion of the board is equivalent to the minimum requirements of an accredited program for psychiatric technicians in the state. Clinical inpatient experience shall be an integral part of any such prescribed or equivalent course of study and training.
(d) Have committed no act which, if committed by a licensed psychiatric technician, would be ground for disciplinary action.
Schools accredited by the board for the training of psychiatric technicians shall establish assessment procedures for the purpose of evaluating the training and experience possessed by persons seeking enrollment in their psychiatric technician training program. The schools shall:
(a) Grant academic credit toward the completion of a psychiatric technician training program for relevant training and experience in health care, and
(b) Make additional courses available to students who have been given credit for previous training or experience. The courses shall be provided so that only those additional courses specified as needed by the assessment center need be taken by the student and so that such courses can be taken in as short a time as feasible.
An applicant for a psychiatric technician's license shall, upon the filing of his application, pay to the board the application fee prescribed by this chapter.
Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, every applicant for a psychiatric technician's license shall be examined by the board. The examination shall be held at least once a year and at the times and places determined by the board.
Upon written application and receipt of the required application fee the board may issue a license to any applicant who possesses a valid unrevoked license or certificate as a psychiatric technician issued by any other state or a foreign country, and who in the opinion of the board has the qualifications set forth in Section 4511.
Every person licensed under this chapter may be known as a licensed psychiatric technician and may place the letters P.T. after his name.
The board may, in its discretion, provide for a continuing education program in connection with the professional functions and courses described in this chapter. The number of course hours that the board may require in a continuing education program shall not exceed the number of course hours prescribed for licensed vocational nurses pursuant to Section 2892.5.
In the event the board adopts a continuing education program, the board may collect a biennial fee as prescribed under Section 4548 from any provider of a course in continuing education who requests approval by the board of the course for purposes of continuing education requirements adopted by the board. The fee, however, shall in no event exceed the cost required for the board to administer the approval of continuing education courses by continuing education providers.
(a) In the case of a person who is employed by the state as a psychiatric technician, no state funds shall be expended in releasing the person from duty to attend continuing education courses, other than funds for in-service training and related state-provided programs.
(b) If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5 of the Government Code, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that, if the provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.