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ABOLISHED 07/06/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-25 - Psychiatric Technician Training Candidate (8237)

ABOLISHED 07/06/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-25 - Psychiatric Technician Training Candidate

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: TL74
  • Class Code: 8237
  • Established: 07/07/1971
  • Revised: 03/07/1995
  • Title Changed: --


Under close supervision and in a training capacity, to participate in activities designed to provide orientation to and understanding of the treatment programs of a State hospital for the mentally or developmentally disabled; and to do other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Limited-term appointments to the class of Psychiatric Technician Training Candidate will be made for a maximum of six months; incumbents will not attain permanent status in this class. During the first month of employment, Psychiatric Technician Training Candidates must complete a training program consisting of at least 50 classroom hours of training in basic nursing skills, client safety and rights, and the social and psychological problems of clients, and at least 100 hours of supervised clinical practice. In order to continue employment, an incumbent must enroll in an accredited Psychiatric Technician training program within five months and be appointed as a Psychiatric Technician Trainee or Psychiatric Technician Apprentice.

Typical Tasks

In a training capacity, assists licensed nursing staff in carrying out activity and training programs for developmentally or mentally disabled voluntary, involuntary or judicially committed clients; helps to create a safe and therapeutic environment for clients; helps motivate clients to develop self-reliance in daily living; assists in developing and encouraging participation in on-the-unit group and individual activities for clients; assists in occupational, recreational, vocational and educational therapy programs for clients; escorts groups of clients to local communities for shopping tours and other activities; assists with client feeding, habit training, and maintaining a well-groomed appearance; helps keep clients and their clothing, beds, and living areas clean; and attends unit and staff conferences to develop an understanding of and reasons for treatment being given.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Arithmetic computations, including fractions; the metric system; spelling and grammar.


Ability to: Follow instructions and relate to clients.

Special Personal Characteristics

An interest and willingness to work in a State hospital; emotional stability; patience; tact; alertness; tolerance; neat personal appearance; hearing and vision required for successful job performance.

Drug Testing Requirement

Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug screening test. Testing of current employees who are applicants in an examination or who are transferring is permitted only if the person does not have a current appointment to a class for which drug testing is a requirement.

  Updated: 10/4/2017
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