Education and degree verification

Easily verify employees’ academic history and educational background to hire quickly and scale your workforce.

Let’s start with the basics of education verification checks 

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What is education verification?

Education verification confirms a candidate’s certifications or educational claims. They verify where the candidate went to school, the type of degree obtained, the major, and sometimes the graduation date. Often referred to as an education background check or background check education verification, the process confirms educational credentials from universities, high schools, colleges and GED equivalency exams.

When an education verification is requested, public education databases are checked first. If there is no publicly available data, multiple attempts are made to verify the information over a predetermined set of time. The last step would be to have the candidate upload documents verifying their degrees. 

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Why is understanding a candidate’s educational background important?

Mitigate risk

Degree verification helps you identify any discrepancies before hiring a candidate and ensure your candidate has the academic history they need to be successful in their role. The education verification process also helps protect organizations from liability claims where degree verification may be essential to comply with federal, state, local or industry regulations.

Candidate success 

Ensure your candidate has the right academic background for the role. Depending on the industry and role specifications, it is commonplace for employers to run education background checks to confirm a candidate’s readiness for a certain position. It’s important to note, however, that education verification is not the same as a reference check, for example, a letter of recommendation from a professor or dean.

What education and degree verification services does Checkr offer?

With Checkr, academic verifications are no longer a roadblock to fast hiring. Our AI-powered platform verifies education, course of study, and dates of attendance.

National and International Education Verifications 

Checkr offers domestic and international education verifications. We verify the highest degree obtained from high school and GED equivalents through doctorates. Generally, the education verification search will cover a person’s entire academic history up to their highest degree.

What to keep in mind during the education verification process

Checkr’s platform promotes fair and compliant practices with state of the art tools and technology. We are also your partner in education. When it comes to verification screenings, here are the primary laws and best-practices to consider.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

To build a compliant background check process, you must understand the FCRA and regional and local requirements around denying a candidate employment based on a criminal record.

Industry-specific regulations

Some industries, like commercial transportation and healthcare, are overseen by regulatory bodies that have specific requirements regarding pre-employment screenings.

Candidate experience

Background checks can be intimidating, Checkr improves the user experience with online educational tools, live support, and access to report status in our mobile-friendly candidate portal.

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Drug and health screenings

Pre-employment drug and health screenings include occupational health tests and controlled substance checks.

You’re in good company!

Checkr is pre-integrated with 100+ industry-leading ATS, HR, and onboarding systems so you can plug our platform into the process where you need it most.