It is vital for employers to check to ensure an job applicant's professional license is truly legit.
The importance of professional licenses and certifications has increased in recent years. Not only do employers want to know an employee is qualified, but the technical elements of the job, the fact that they are legally mandated, and the threat of lawsuits connected to negligent hiring make licensing and certification essential.
This is understandable given the “seal of approval” that licensure carries. We trust doctors and other medical professionals with our health because we know they’ve met all state-mandated requirements to perform their jobs. The same goes for attorneys, financial professionals (stockbrokers and CPAs), as well as hair stylists, certain jobs within the hospitality industry, building trade contractors and others.
When an individual commits a violation and is either reprimanded or stripped of their license/certification as a result, their work should cease. But often, those individuals will find work elsewhere, including in lax workplaces where licenses and certifications are unchecked.
Many are mandated by law, such as individuals in hospitals, pharmacies and veterinarian clinics, because of their access to controlled drugs. For this and other reasons, employers or their representatives who conduct background checks therefore look for key information that includes the following:
- License type and date issued
- State from which the license was issued
- License expiration date
- Restrictions or sanctions on the individual’s license
Verifying licenses and certifications necessarily requires working with state or federal agencies that administer them. But it is often a complicated process, as the bureau issuing the license is sometimes disconnected from enforcement of restrictions or sanctions. Not all government bodies are fully digitized, rendering the process time-consuming and protracted. For these and other reasons, professional background checks are usually more efficient and effective.
If you have questions regarding employee background screening or professional license verification or would like more information, please call us at 1-800-690-4362 or fill out the form below to be contacted by one of our knowledgeable and friendly Background Screening Consultants.
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