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About PBSA

Founded as a non-profit trade association in 2003, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) was established to represent the interest of companies offering employment and tenant background screening services. Just as importantly, however, the initial members wanted to establish and promote a high level of ethics and performance standards for the screening industry. The Association currently represents over 880 member companies engaged in employment and tenant background screening across the United States and around the globe. Member companies range from Fortune 100 companies to small local businesses, conducting millions of employment related and tenant background checks each year as part of the hiring and leasing process. PBSA Member companies are defined as “consumer reporting agencies” pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and are regulated by both the FTC and CFPB.


To advance excellence in the screening profession.


To be the trusted global authority for the screening profession.

Core Values

PBSA is committed to:

  • Integrity and ethics
  • Advancement of knowledge
  • Compliance
  • Service to our members
  • Collaboration
  • Proactive engagement


PBSA was originally founded in 2003 as the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). The organization quickly expanded with members all over the world and the addition of three international councils in the years that followed. The transformation to a global organization and restructuring was completed in 2019 culminating to the rebranding of PBSA.

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