Let’s start with the basics of education verification checks
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.
Why is understanding a candidate’s educational background important?
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.
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?
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
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.
Some industries, like commercial transportation and healthcare, are overseen by regulatory bodies that have specific requirements regarding pre-employment screenings.
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