Credential Requirements

Mental Health Professional Background and Criminal Check Requirements

Act 34 – Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record– Can be completed and paid for online with a credit card at this link. Be sure to print the certificate and not just the receipt.

Act 114 – FBI Fingerprints (Federal Criminal History Record)– Before visiting one of the PA sites, register at this link or by phone (1-877-371-5422, Monday through Friday from 8a-6p). Make sure you register for The PA Department of Human Services if you are looking to contract through our BH department or The PA Department of Education if you are looking to contract through our Education or Nursing Department. Walk-in service without prior registration will not be provided at any fingerprinting location. Payment may be made in advance (during registration) using a debit or credit card. Money orders payable to “3M Cogent Systems” will be accepted on site for applicants who do not have the means to pay electronically. No cash transactions or personal checks are allowed. After registering online or by phone, go to one of the fingerprint sites (under “Print Locations & Hours”). Bring a state or federal photo ID. Once you have your fingers scanned, e-mail us at and send us your 16 digit registration number. An official copy of the results will be mailed to you. If you don’t receive the report within 3 weeks of having your fingerprints taken, please call 888-439-2486 to check on your application. Your registration will expire after 30 days.

Act 151 – Pennsylvania Child Abuse Background Check– Can be completed at this link. NOTE: If you do not complete the online application, the processing time for this clearance can be up to 6 weeks, so plan ahead.

If you do not have online access. You may print this application form and submit it by mail.  Please make money order payable to “Department of Public Welfare.” The application and money order must be mailed to the Department of Public Welfare. Make a copy of your money order and request form and email it to us at You may call 717-783-6211 to check on your application.

  • Updated resume​ – In word format with month and dates
  • 2 professional references or recommendation letters
  •  Degree(s)
  • Official Transcripts
  • ACT 31:
  • CPR & First Aid (current)
  •  Physical (within 1 year)
  •  TB test results (within 1 year or chest x-ray within 2 years)
  • Related licenses, trainings, and certificates (contact us for more information)