The behavioral health technician certification requires a certificate or associate degree in a behavioral health, mental health, psychology or human services program, Learn.org states. Arkansas, California and Colorado have license requirements, and other states require certification from an organization such as the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians by passing an exam. Education programs in the behavioral health field often include internships during which students work with behavioral health patients and gain relevant experience for the certified behavioral health technician position.
The Academy for Addiction Professionals offers a certified behavioral health technician course that requires 1,000 hours of direct experience in behavioral health, 24 supervised hours, 30 hours of educational training in certain categories and passing a written exam. This program also requires 10 continuing education credits per year to renew the certification, according to the Academy for Addiction Professionals.
Additional job requirements for a certified behavioral health technician typically include passing a criminal background check and drug screening, Learn.org says. Job duties for this position may include assisting counselors and therapists by supporting people with mental illnesses and disabilities, monitoring and recording patients' mental and physical health, providing assistance with hygiene and personal care, and administering medication. Areas of employment include mental health institutions, assisted living facilities or rehabilitation centers.