Nearly 15 years ago, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) was established to “represent the interest of companies offering employment and tenant background screening services.” At the time of its founding, NAPBS granted membership to numerous consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) seemingly in an effort to build a trusted and respected network of professional screening companies.
And build, it did.
Since its establishment in 2003, many organizations in the United States, alone, have become members – with nearly 700 active members listed in the NAPBS Organization Directory as of June 2017. However, despite the grandeur of the number of NAPBS members in existence, a very minimal number of agencies have earned NAPBS accreditation.
The lack of NAPBS Accreditation across more than 600 organizations is surprising because this distinctive achievement speaks volumes about an organization’s credibility, business processes, and security practices. According to the NAPBS:
Accredited CRAs have made a commitment to uphold and deliver the highest level of industry standards for the following critical areas:
- Consumer Protection
- Legal Compliance
- Client Education
- Researcher and Data Product Standards
- Verification Service Standards
- General Business Practices
The NAPBS goes on to briefly detail the process to obtain accreditation – a process that AccuSource, as an accredited firm, is very familiar with – stating the following:
To become accredited firms must demonstrate initial and ongoing compliance with the accreditation standard as prepared by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC). Compliance is demonstrated through rigorous desk and on-site audits, all of which are completed by an independent third-party auditor. Firms must document each of their policies and processes as required in each of the areas within the Standard and demonstrate visible compliance with their policies to the auditor. Accreditation lasts for a period of five years, after which time firms are required to recomplete the process if they wish to remain accredited.
Why is this important in selecting an employment screening partner? Essentially, to earn accreditation, firms like AccuSource must have well-documented policies and procedures in place to provide services, education and compliance expertise to clients and the communities they serve. These policies must hold up against rigorous, multi-part audits (both on-and-off-site), and must align with the various standards set forth by NAPBS. In short, choosing an accredited partner helps mitigate risks because they have established their business practices support safe, ethical and legally-compliant screening.
Given the extensive and intensive process firms must undergo to earn accreditation, it is clear why NAPBS Accreditation is so highly coveted – simply put, it separates the good CRAs from the great ones.
For more information on AccuSource’s commitment to NAPBS standards and client satisfaction, or to learn more about our complete suite of employment screening services, please contact us today or call 888-649-6272.