Never skip the professional license verification when you’re recruiting for positions that require valid licenses and/or professional certifications such as lawyers, doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, teachers, land surveyors, and electricians, among others. By confirming the validity of the applicants’ licenses and certifications directly through the licensing agency, you can be sure that you are hiring qualified applicants.
This verification process also protects your company from potential fraud and malpractice. You’ll want to ensure that the candidates’ licenses and certifications actually exist. It also ensures that the license is free from violations or restrictions that prevent or limit the candidates from performing or practicing their professional expertise.
In essence, conducting professional license verification reveals the following information:
- The validity of the license
- The state the license is held in
- Date of issuance
- Expiration date
- Current status
- Any reported disciplinary actions
Anyone who’ll be in a position requiring a professional license to perform tasks must be screened through this verification process. This includes job candidates, employees, contractors and even volunteers for charity and nonprofit organizations. Basically, if your company or organization relies on licensed professionals for your operations, license verification must be a part of your employment background screening standard operating procedures.
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