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Online Safe Hiring Certification Training Course

The online safe hiring certification training course is currently undergoing an update and will not be available until January 2015. Please check back at this same link at that time. Thank you.


The ESR Online Safe Hiring Certification Training Course is an intensive 30-hour online educational and professional development course designed for employers, human resource and security professionals, and anyone responsible for risk management and due diligence in hiring and pre-employment background screening. Through this course, participants will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to implement and manage a legal and effective safe hiring program including employment screening background checks. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, marking a significant professional accomplishment.

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The course is approved for 20 hours of credit by the HRCI.  (The additional 10 hours is allocated to utilizing the 190 page workbook, exercises and preparation for quiz questions.)  In addition, each of the 4 modules is approved for 5 hours of credit. The Program ID for HRCI credit is only identified on the certificate of completion or onsite materials. Please note: The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HRCI of the quality of the program.  It means that this program has met HRCI's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


The ESR Online Safe Hiring Certification Training Course is a self-paced, on-line course that can be accessed at any time from any where, including at work. Valuable features of this course include:

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The text for the course is 'The Safe Hiring Manual' by ESR founder Lester S. Rosen. For more information, email:

* NOTE: To participate in the Safe Hiring Online course, users must have access to the Internet, some type of computer/laptop with keyboard and mouse/pad, and a printer if they want to print out worksheets for the course.

Why take This Course?

Employee problems are usually caused by problem employees. Employers have become painfully aware that hiring someone with a criminal record, falsified credentials or undesirable background can create a legal and financial nightmare.�Without exercising due diligence in hiring, it has become a statistical certainty that employers will hire employees that can lead to lawsuits for negligent hiring, workplace violence, theft, embezzlement and numerous other workplace problems.

However, employers and Human Resources and Security professionals face a host of challenges with it comes to safe hiring. First, the area is heavily regulated by federal and state laws, and there are numerous privacy and discrimination issues. Furthermore, employers are faced with a number of practical issues such as what information is available, how do you get it, and how do you utilize it and analyze it in a cost-effective manner.

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Course Description:

UNIT 1: Basic Themes in Hiring

Lesson 1: An Introduction to Safe Hiring

Lesson 2: An Introduction to Creating Your Company's  Safe Hiring Program

Lesson 3: An Orientation to the Laws about Negligent Hiring

Lesson 4: Complying with Discrimination & Privacy Laws & Identity Theft

Lesson 5: The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and State FCRA type laws

Lesson 6: How to Implement a Safe Hiring Program

UNIT 2: The AIR Process-Essential Functions before the Background Check

Lesson 1: The Application Process

Lesson 2: The Interview Process

Lesson 3: Reference Checks

Lesson 4: Checking Education & Credentials

UNIT 3: Pre-Employment Screening & Criminal Records

 Lesson 1: An Introduction to Pre-Employment Screening

Lesson 2: Role & Legal Use of Criminal Records in Safe Hiring

Lesson 3: Where & How to Obtain Criminal Records

Lesson 4: Credit Reports & Credit Bureau Data

Lesson 5: Other Critical Screening Tools

UNIT 4: Mechanics of Screening

Lesson 1: Mechanics of Screening

Lesson 2: Drug Screening

Lesson 3: International Screening

Lesson 4: Terrorist Searches   

Lesson 5: Theft, Fraud, & Embezzlement

UNIT 5: Post Hire Issues

Lesson 1: Post Hire Issues

Lesson 2: A Safe Hiring Audit


* NOTE: The course host unfortunately does not support the version of Internet Explorer 10 at this time. Currently, you have to use an earlier version of Internet Explorer (9 or 8) or a different browser (Chrome or Firefox) to take the course.

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