As you may have noticed as you read previous VerifyStudents blogs and newsletter articles, accreditation is a big deal to us. While many background screening companies are members of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), only some 2 percent are accredited. Here’s your chance to learn more about the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and the body that governs it.
Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program
The BSAAP is a seal of approval that indicates a background screening organization’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued improvement. Its mission statement reads as follows, “The Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program advances professionalism in the employment screening industry through the promotion of best practices, awareness of legal compliance, and development of standards that protect consumers.”
Historically, there were two primary purposes for creating the BSAAP. First, because the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wanted more regulation of Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRA) , and secondly because that NAPBS itself recognized that there were many differing standards and practices within the industry.
As a result, a governing body was established, the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC), and industry best practices were set. Accredited organizations agree to abide by these standards and their formally documented policies and procedures reflect that. They have achieved industry leading standards in data security, compliance, organizational performance and professionalism.
Why Use An Accredited Background Screening Provider?
The following are just a few of the many reasons why colleges and universities should seek an accredited background check organization for its student background screening program.
- Accredited companies have demonstrated a commitment to quality. Accreditation is not mandatory, and it is not an easy process. In order to become accredited, the company first must pass a rigorous audit. Three years after that, they need to pass another audit to uphold the accreditation.
- Companies that take the time to become accredited demonstrate that they are solid and reputable, and operate in a responsible manner.
- Working with a company that conforms to industry best practices is one way that your program can minimize risk.
Corporate Screening Services is an accredited member of the NAPBS. For more information about our VerifyStudents products and services, please contact us at 800-229-8606 or click here complete a request form.