Background Checks

Prior to accepting a job from the CTA website, tutors are required to pass a background check through the respected national screening agency, Protect My Ministry.  Background checks are a good start, but they should not be regarded as the end-all in the vetting process to find a tutor.  In addition to the background check, we recommend that you see our Safety page for additional suggestions.

The background check comprises of

  • A search of the National Sex Offender Registry
  • A search of the National Criminal Database (searches for felony or misdemeanor convictions in the past 7 years)
  • A Social Security trace (to verify that the applicant is not an alias)

As mentioned, the background check is a helpful tool, but it is not infallible.  Here’s what you should know:

The National Sex Offender Registry is maintained by the United States Department of Justice with a high degree of accuracy.  Thus, clients can have a reasonable assurance that their prospective tutor has not been convicted of a sex crime anywhere in the U.S.

The National Criminal Database is not overseen at a federal level, but relies on individual municipalities to report convictions occurring in their specific jurisdictions. Please note that there are different guidelines that some jurisdictions subject themselves to in reporting to the database.  Therefore, the National Criminal Database is a fairly accurate, but incomplete, source in determining prior convictions.