When searching for a student background screening provider, you have a long list of needs and questions. Does the company offer the products that you need? Is their technology easy to use and navigate? Do they work well with you and your clinical sites?

Of great concern is the quality of the product the company provides – you want to make sure you choose a reliable company that does high quality work. One way to ensure you are getting top notch background screening service is to look for a company that is accredited.

Accreditation means that a background screening providers procedures comply with industry best practice standards. It also acknowledges the provider’s industry knowledge and expertise.

Less than 5 percent of background screening companies are accredited. As an accredited company, Corporate Screening has answers to some of your frequently asked questions about accreditation in our industry.


Who is the accrediting body?

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) offers an accreditation program for background screening organizations. The Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) is governed by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC).


What standards does a company have to meet in order to become accredited?

Background screening organizations (also referred to as Consumer Reporting Agencies or CRAs) have to pass a rigorous onsite audit of their policies and procedures. This is done by an independent auditor. The six following critical areas are examined:

  • Consumer protection
  • Legal compliance
  • Client education
  • Product standards
  • Service Standards
  • General business practices


How long does accreditation last?

Initial accreditation is five years. In the third year of accreditation, companies must undergo an interim audit and review. Accreditation must be renewed in the fifth year.


Your school undergoes accreditation, and so do your clinical sites. Don’t you want to make sure that your background screening provider is held to the same high quality standards as your school?