Certifications to Look For When Selecting a Solution

January 8, 2019

Running a business isn’t the easiest thing in the world.  It requires focus, ambition, and some eager and trustworthy people to help you man the ship.  Finding those people may be the most difficult part, especially in a candidate-controlled job market.  In order to guarantee that you are hiring the best candidates for your company, a robust screening process is absolutely essential.  

Below are a few accreditations and certifications to look for when selecting a background screening solution.


NABPS Accreditation

Any company you work with should have a high level of professionalism. This accreditation makes that professionalism demonstrable and official.  The NABPS Accreditation is like a seal of approval. It is official recognition that an organization is conducting business in an efficient, honest, and professional way.  It also showcases a commitment to continuous improvement based on strict and formalized standards. Look for this stamp of approval to ensure you’re selecting a background screening company with a high level of integrity.

EU Privacy Shield Certification

This certification was designed to create a structure of compliance in regards to data protection.  Something that is particularly important in any kind of employee screening process. The privacy shield program allows companies based in the United States to benefit from the adequacy determinations demonstrated by the certification. Any organization certified with the EU Privacy Shield must comply with the Frameworks strict requirements.  This shows such a strong commitment to responsible data protection on behalf of any organization in the program. Within the program, that commitment is enforceable by law.

Individual FCRA Certification

The FCRA, or Fair Credit Reporting Act is an important act of legislation that was created to promote fairness, accuracy, and privacy of consumer information.  When hiring a new employee, you are essentially responsible for keeping their private information secure, so using a screening organization that understands the  Individual FCRA certification is absolutely crucial to this understanding. This particular certification requires renewal every two years and in order to renew the certificate, staff members must have a full understanding of the legislation.  This certification shows a commitment to proper handling of consumer information on behalf of the organization as a whole, as well as the staff that operate within that organization.

SOC 2 Certification

A SOC 2 audit guarantees that the services provided adhere to a specific standard of data security and confidentiality controls.  The reason this recognition is so important is that it requires an in-depth audit of all services and is a demonstration of commitment to confidentiality.  When trusting your onboarding process to a third-party, you are really giving them access to very sensitive information about your potential and current employees.  It’s imperative that they have a demonstrable commitment to responsibly acquiring and securing that information.

Growing your business requires you to take on new employees.  It is your job to ensure that they have the skills to succeed at their position within your business.  Let it be our job to conduct their background screening accurately, effectively, and responsibly. Orange Tree and all of our client-facing team members are individually certified and accredited with the above-mentioned recognition.

Contact us today to learn more about Orange Tree.

Topics: Background Screening