Information for the License:

Respiratory Care Practitioner

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Respiratory Care Board of California
Division Name:
Telephone:  (916) 999-2190
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

A Respiratory Care Practitioner is a health care professional employed under the supervision of a medical director involved in the therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities which affect the pulmonary system, and associated aspects of cardiopulmonary and other systems functions.

Fees: Application: $300
Once application is approved, the initial license is issued for a period of 13-24 months, depending upon the issuing month and an applicant's birth month.
Renewal: $230

Examination Frequency:  Daily computerized testing is available throughout California.

Exam Locations: Arcadia, Bakersfield, Chino, Fresno, Glendale, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Palm Sprints, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Maria, Stanton, and Upland. 

Experience Requirement: Students are required to complete clinical practice as part of their structured curriculum.

Average Time to Process Application: 90 days.

Renewal Period: 24 months.

Special License Requirements: N/A

Comments: N/A

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Section 3700 et. Seq.
California Code of Regulations, Section 1399.300 et. Seq.