What’s in Education and Professional License verifications?

In this step of the employee background check, employers want to verify that you attended the school or professional program you said you attended, and that you completed the degree or credential in the field of study to the extent you indicated.

Employers may find candidates that have reported that they received a degree that they did not, or candidates who have claimed that they received a degree in a particular major that they did not (for example, a marketing major that claims a degree in engineering).

Employers are also interested to learn when the institution provided is not recognized or supervised by an official educational accrediting body that awards academic degrees and diplomas that are considered legitimate.

Professional License Checks

For professional license checks, background screening companies generally contact the applicable industry or state licensing board to confirm that the license is held and hasn’t lapsed or expired, and that the license is in good standing.