Register your new account with First Advantage. Click the button below to get started.
Group has partnered with First Advantage—the leading global background check company—for all your background check needs. You can be assured you’re getting best-in-class background checks at exceptionally affordable prices.
Note: You will need the following information to register your account:
- Legal name of your church organization
- Physical address of your church/organization. If your church/organization doesn’t have a building, use the address where you will be accessing and storing background screening information through First Advantage. You cannot use a P.O. Box.
- Primary contact full name, title, email address, and phone number.
- Billing contact information if different from primary contact.
Your account will be active and ready to start ordering background checks within one day of registering your account. First Advantage will also begin the credentialing process. This is what allows your organization to be able to open and review the background check reports.Registration HelpCredentialing HelpPlacing Orders Help
Why do we need to be credentialed?
To protect the candidates being screened, it’s important for First Advantage to verify your organization and ensure you have permissible purpose to run background checks. This process does not keep you from running background checks. However, you won’t be able to open and read any candidate’s background check report until the credentialing process is complete. All background checks will receive a YELLOW or a GREEN status once completed. YELLOW means there’s something in their background check needing review. GREEN means their background check is free from any adverse information. In order to open and review a report with a YELLOW status, you will need to wait until credentialing is complete. But don’t worry, credentialing should be completed within 48-72 hours of registration.
Helpful Training Videos
Watch the training videos below to start getting the most out of your Shepherd's Watch Background checks membership.
Downloadable Forms & Checklists
Essentials for a Safe Church
Training Basics for Volunteers and Staff
These quick training videos are designed for you to send to your volunteers or staff. We have worked with thousands of churches and have carefully selected these topics based on the needs of churches just like yours.