Background screening is inexpensive. It has to be part of your school liability insurance reduction strategy. You can get a full screening for around $25. This is an important point. If screening is so cheap and easy, as a martial arts school owner,  you have no excuse for not getting it done.

In other words, if you’re sued for the actions of a staff member with a record, you have no defense. You could have easily discovered his/her past and prevented the incident from occurring.

It is critical that you understand who you are hiring, and who will be representing your school to every student and prospective student.

The background screening industry is regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and all firms are required to adhere to rigorous standards ensuring privacy of individual’s information.

When employees ask why these screenings are required, it’s important to emphasize that a screening does not mean suspicion, nor does submitting to a screening impact a person’s credit score. Having a fully screened staff provides your students and families with peace of mind.

MATA recommends the background screening services of E-Verify.

John Graden
John Graden

John Graden is widely credited with leading the martial arts school business into the modern age. He is the founder of the first successful professional association and trade journal. MA Success editor John Corcoran first called him a “visionary” in 1995. Martial Arts World magazine dubbed him, The Teacher of Teachers. Mr. Graden’s leadership was recognized in many mainstream media outlets including a cover story on the Wall Street Journal, documentaries on A&E Network, and as a guest on the Dr. Oz Show and many others.