Technician Selection Program

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

The Technician Selection Program (TSP) is administered by the Bureau of Recruitment and Selection (BRS).  The program focuses on the recruitment and selection of Mental Health Technician Trainees within the various Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) facilities throughout the State of Illinois. 

Mental Health Technician Trainee (MHTT)

Under immediate supervision, for a period of six to twelve months, the MHTT receives instruction and training in providing daily direct care for individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities.This includes formal classes in routine nursing practices and techniques, and to gain an elementary understanding of the causes, nature, treatment and habilitation of mental illness or developmental disabilities.

  • Minimum Requirements

    • Candidates must be high school graduates or possess a GED credential. No previous training or experience is required. Please review the MHTT Complete Job Specifications for additional information about this position and the duties involved.
  • Application Process

    • The Department of Central Management Services (CMS) does not administer testing for this title. Candidates for Mental Health Technician Trainee must apply directly through the Department of Human Services.
  • Testing Site Process

    1. Those who have all forms completed, have provided proper ID and have necessary copies will be admitted first.
      Copies will not be made at the test site and seating is limited.

      • The following forms are required of all test participants - Failure to complete and bring the required forms to the assigned test may result in a candidate not being admitted to the test.
        1. Invitation letter with test location and date (Required)
        2. Completed CMS-100 Application (Required)
        3. Completed forms (Required)
        4. Original driver's license or State ID, and a copy (Both Required)
        5. Copy of high school diploma, GED or H.S./College Transcripts (Required)
        6. Copy of Selective Service Registration (Required for males 18-26)
    2. Candidates must successfully complete the entire testing process in order to be deemed eligible for MHTT.  Candidates will be tested in the following categories: 
      1. Written and video observation
      2. Physical ability exercises
      3. Oral interview 

For more information, contact:

Technician Selection Program
Bureau of Recruitment and Selection
100 South Grand Avenue East, 1st Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62762
Phone: 217-524-1548 or e-mail: TSP Recruiter

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