Education Verification

Education Background Check & Screening

Last year, it was revealed that former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson lied on his resume about having earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science.

When dishonesty about education credentials reaches the highest levels, then you must be certain your applicants have earned the credentials listed on their resumes.

You can do this by conducting pre-employment Education Verifications. This search will verify any certification, training, or educational claims of a job applicant.

Our verification services contact universities, colleges, vocational schools, and other institutions of higher learning to verify dates of attendance and graduation, degrees or certifications obtained, majors, Grade Point Average, and honors or awards received.

As our economy shifts and becomes more dependent on technology, and we continue to do business with people from different companies and cultural backgrounds, verifying an applicant’s education credentials is a necessity to protect your company.

Why Conduct an Education Verification?

As in the case of former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson, the Education Verification is an accountability check on the large number of job applicants who make false claims.

Moreover, it helps protect an employer’s reputation and may limit the employer’s vulnerability to negligent hiring claims. Because certain positions require the completion of a degree or certificate, the education background check & screening confirms that the applicant is being truthful.

How is Education Verified?

We will contact the college, university, or school that issued the degree or certificate. Most degrees or certificates are verified by the institution’s Admissions and Records Office.

Some educational institutions use third-party verification services, like the National Student Clearing House, and these services may charge a fee. We will pass these fees straight through to our client.

Is it Reliable?

In some cases, the school that issued the degree or certificate may be inundated with multiple requests, which can slow down the process.

Most colleges, universities and other schools require us to provide a signed consent form as well, which can add a step to the process. In rare cases, some schools have policies prohibiting anyone other than the former student from accessing records. Also, some schools to close for extended periods of time for holiday and summer breaks, which may delay the completion.

What is the Turnaround Time?

We are now integrated with more than 70% of the schools and Universities and the results are instant.

Examples that may cause a delay include:

  • If the school must search for older records
  • If the school requires the request be received by mail
  • If the school is closed between sessions

We will contact the school or verification service at least three times, including phone calls, emails, faxes and mailed attempts. All other searches in your screening package will be processed and you will be notified of any delays.

Do You Process Internationally?

Yes, it is available in 276 countries.

International Education Verifications can take up to two weeks to complete.