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Welcome to PBSA’s Certificate Offerings
PBSA’s Certificate offerings are one of the many products and services PBSA offers to support our mission: to advance excellence in the screening profession.
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Discounted Certificates for PBSA Members
Our certificate programs are available to everyone with special discounts for members. Join PBSA to stay informed about legislation affecting screening, access practical guidance, reduced fees for certificates and conferences, as well as hundreds of free on-demand resources.

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FCRA Advanced
FCRA End User

Criminal Research Provider
Module 1- What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act?
Module 1- Credentialing, Certifications, and Contracts
Module 1- Employer Background Checks: The Basics
Module 1- Overview of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
Module 2 - High Level Obligations for Consumer Reporting Agencies, Resellers, and Furnishers
Module 2 - Accuracy, Matching and 613
Module 2 - Employer Background Checks: When and How to Obtain a Background Check Report
Module 2- Criminal History
Module 3 - Obligations for Employers and Other End Users
Module 3 - Disputes and File Disclosures
Module 3 - Employer Background Checks: How to Use the Information
Module 3- Data Retention and Data Security
Module 4 - Anatomy of a Report
Module 4 - FCRA Nuances
Module 4 - Employer Background Checks: Acting on the Information and Putting It All Together
Module 4- Correcting Information, Disputes and Complaints
Module 5 - Anatomy of a Fair Credit Reporting Act Lawsuit
About Our Program
PBSA certificate programs are open to all individuals but were specifically crafted for employees of Consumer Reporting Agencies, End Users of consumer reports and Criminal Research Providers in, or providing services in the United States. They are developed to benefit staff at every level of the organization.
Additional Information
Certificate programs consist of a sequence of webinars that participants must watch before they can take a multiple-choice exam. This exam must be finished within 60 days of purchasing the program. Participants have two chances to pass the exam, needing a minimum score of 80% to succeed. Upon achieving a passing grade, participants receive a certificate valid for two years and can display the relevant certificate logo. The FCRA Advanced Certificate is only available to existing Core or Basic Certificate holders.


To apply for renewal, the existing certificate must remain valid within the two-year timeframe from its receipt. All certificate holders seeking renewal after two years must submit a renewal application. Core certificate holders seeking renewal will have two options:


renewal via PBSA offered Professional Development Credits (PDCs), or


renewal via exam. All other certificate holders must renew via exam.

Additional Information

  • The individual who is taking this course and exam must have an PBSA account to log-in and purchase. Non-members will be prompted to register for an account prior to obtaining access to purchase.
  • Do not purchase this exam for another person in your membership account. If the participant does not have PBSA login credentials, contact your company's PBSA billing contact to add employees to the company profile and register you for the program. Should you have any questions in this regard, contact
  • Certificate holders are responsible for ensuring that their email address remains up-to-date with PBSA to receive renewal notifications.
  • This program is not currently approved for HRCI credits.
  • Choose "Explore Certificate Programs/Step 1" above to learn more details about each course, including its content, examination process, and renewal criteria.
  • For more information visit the FCRA End User FAQs or Core/Advanced/Criminal Research Provider FAQs.
  • If you are interested in a bulk purchase of certificates, please email


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