FCRA Advanced Certification

The FCRA Advanced Certification Program is intended for background screening professionals looking to demonstrate a commitment to compliance within their organization. The Advanced Certification Program is open to everyone and is perfect for individuals in compliance or legal roles as well as anyone who regularly deals with compliance issues within their organizations such as operations leadership and customer services. This course is offered at two NAPBS yearly conferences and includes a live seminar, followed by a written exam. It is also offered as an online option, consisting of six training webinars and an exam. The content and exam focus on complex and cutting-edge Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance issues.

You must hold a current FCRA Basic Certification to participate in the Advanced Certification program.

Program Content

The online program includes six training webinars and an exam. The webinars cover the following topics:

  1. Is it covered by the FCRA? — The contours of what is and is not a "consumer report" under the FCRA such that the Act's obligations come into effect.
  2. Is it accurate? — The question of what constitutes "maximum possible accuracy" under section 607(b).
  3. Are my disclosure and authorization forms compliant? — The requirement of standalone disclosure forms and written authorizations.
  4. Am I complying with Section 613? — The issues raised when reporting adverse public record information.
  5. Am I complying with Section 609? — The requirements around providing full file disclosures.
  6. Recent Litigation — Implications of recent litigation.

Certificate Holder Benefits

Upon completing the course and passing the certification exam, participants receive a certificate valid for two years. FCRA Advanced Certified members of NAPBS are so designated in the online membership directory. Once you are FCRA Advanced Certified, you do not need to maintain the Basic Certification.

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Exam Details

Individuals have two opportunities to pass the exam. Those who do not pass the exam on their second attempt must  repurchase the program. A score of 80% must be achieved to pass the exam. The exam must be completed within one month of the purchase date.

Recertification

FCRA Advanced Certification is valid for two years and must be current to apply for Recertification. For Advanced Recertification, you must pass the recertification exam by the end of your two-year certification period.

Individuals have two opportunities to pass the recertification exam. Those who do not pass the exam on their second attempt must  repurchase the program. A score of 80% must be achieved to pass the exam. The exam must be completed within one month of the purchase date.

Fees

Initial Certification:
NAPBS Member: $200 – online / $150 – classroom*
Non-Member: $300 – online / $250 – classroom*

Recertification:
NAPBS Member: $175 – online / $125 – classroom*
Non-Member: $250 – online / $200 – classroom*

*There is a $50 discount for the classroom option

Registration Forms

Apply for the FCRA Advanced Certification Program — Online Option
Apply for the FCRA Advanced Certification Program — Classroom Option (Opening in June 2018)

Apply for the FCRA Advanced Recertification Program — Online Option
Apply for the FCRA Advanced Recertification Program — Classroom Option (Opening in June 2018)

Additional Notes

  • You must hold a current FCRA Basic Certification to participate in the Advanced Certification program. You must hold a current FCRA Advanced Certification to participate in the Advanced Recertification.
  • If you fail both attempts of the Initial Advanced Certification exam, you may immediately repurchase the Advanced course while maintaining your Basic Certification. If your Basic Certification lapses before you have purchased the Advanced exam, you must repurchase and pass the Basic Certification exam before repurchasing the Advanced exam.
  • If you fail both attempts of the Advanced Recertification exam, your Advanced Certification expires. To become FCRA Advanced Certified again, you must first purchase and pass the FCRA Basic Exam. Then, once FCRA Basic Certified, you can purchase the Advanced Course again.
  • To attend the FCRA Advanced Certification Program — Classroom Option, you must register for the exam using the conference registration form. You do not have to register for the full conference to take the exam.
  • The individual who is taking this course and exam must have an NAPBS account to log-in and purchase. Non-members will be prompted to register for an account prior to obtaining access to the order form.
  • Do not purchase this exam for another person in your membership account. If the participant does not have NAPBS login credentials, contact your company's NAPBS billing contact to add employees to the company profile and register you for the program. Should you have any questions in this regard, contact certification@napbs.com.
  • It is the responsibility of certified individuals to maintain a current email address with NAPBS to receive renewal notices.
  • This program is not currently approved for HRCI credits.