An applicant’s Qualifications are examined through primary source verification of employment, academics, licensure, registration, and certification.
Verification of the academic achievements of the applicant as provided on the application.
This could consist of verifying the highest degree level attained or another/additional degree depending on the job requirements.
Transcripts, credit hours taken and courses of study can also be obtained/verified, especially when the applicant has not graduated but seems to have completed the number and types of courses required by the job.
National Student Clearing House had been designated by many colleges and universities to provide this verification service on their behalf.
The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is the organization charged with ensuring that practitioners who have graduated from foreign medical schools are qualified to pursue a medical license in the United States.
Primary source verification is used to verify an applicant’s licensure, registration or certification. The applicant’s license to practice in a certain profession is verified in each State where the applicant is or has practiced. Verification will show the date the license was first obtained and the expiration date along with any disciplinary actions. Additional detailed information for any disciplinary action can be obtained in writing from the State.
Certifications and Boards may be verified through professional associations and/or certifying boards. Verification will show the specialty and when the certification will expire or the current maintenance date.
The DEA registration is verified through the NTIS database. DEA is granted to practitioners who are authorized to distribute, prescribe or dispense a controlled substance. Verification includes expiration date and scheduled level of drug that can be prescribed.
Employment verification consists mainly in verifying the employment history the job applicant has listed on their resume or the employment application. We contact the human resource department directly to verify as much of the following information that company policy allows:
- Dates of employment
- Position held
- Reason for leaving
- Eligible for rehire
- Salary information
We compare the information provided by the human resource professional to the information provided on the application/resume for accuracy. This will help establish the candidate’s employment history, positions held, and length of service time.
Many companies have contracted with The Work Number or other service providers to handle employment verifications. For these companies, we are required to go through their designated verification provider.
An essential tool for employers committed to maintaining a legal workforce is E-Verify. Participating employers can check the work status of new hires by comparing information from an employee’s I-9 form against SSA and Department of Homeland Security databases.