Founded as a non-profit trade association in 2003, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – formerly the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – was established to represent the interest of companies offering employment and tenant background screening services. Just as importantly, however, the initial members wanted to establish and promote a high level of ethics and performance standards for the screening industry.
The Association currently represents over 880 member companies engaged in employment and tenant background screening across the United States. Member companies range from Fortune 100 companies to small local businesses, conducting millions of employment related and tenant background checks each year as part of the hiring and leasing process.
The mission of BPSA is to advance excellence in the screening profession.
The PBSA’s accreditation program for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) in the United States. Governed by a strict and thorough set of professional standards of specified requirements and measurements, the Background Screening Organization Accreditation Program (BSOAP) has become a widely recognized seal of approval bringing national recognition to an employment background screening-affiliated organization for its commitment to achieving excellence through high professional standards with accountability that results in continued institutional improvement.
The BSAAP provides a detailed process for evaluating and improving internal operating procedures that every CRA, and their clients, benefit from. Accredited CRAs have made a commitment to uphold and deliver the highest level of industry standards for the following critical areas:
Researcher and Data Product Standards
Verification Service Standards
General Business Practices
To become accredited firms must demonstrate initial and ongoing compliance with the accreditation standard as prepared by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC). Compliance is demonstrated through rigorous desk and on-site audits, all of which are completed by an independent third-party auditor.
Firms must document each of their policies and processes as required in each of the areas within the Standard and demonstrate visible compliance with their policies to the auditor. Accreditation lasts for a period of five years, after which time firms are required to re-complete the process if they wish to remain accredited.
Learn about PBSA and verify ESR’s Accredited Status at https://thepbsa.org.