Accreditation is not a new topic here at VerifyStudents, but it is one that we think is important enough to repeat. We know you have a list of questions you need answered when you’re selecting a student background screening provider, but we want to remind you to also check to make sure that the company you’re considering (or currently using) is accredited.
Many background screening organizations proudly advertise that they are members of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). While that’s all good, very few are actually accredited. Currently the NAPBS website shows a list of 42 accredited companies. This small number indicates that only approximately 2 percent of the background screening companies in the U.S. are accredited.
As you know from your own experience working at an accredited school, accreditation reflects an organization’s dedication to maintaining high professional quality standards. So we thought we’d share our industry accreditation standards. In order to become accredited, a background screening company must pass a demanding onsite audit of its policies and procedures as they relate to the following six areas: consumer protection, legal compliance, client education, product standards, service standards, and general business practices.
Corporate Screening believes that your program should use a student background provider that meets the same exacting type of standards as your school. So we urge you to ask the question, “Are you an accredited background screening provider?” Our answer to that question is, “Why yes, we are.”