Online interactions with minors or dual enrolled students are within the scope of the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law and Act 153 background certifications are required for online instruction as for in-person instruction. These clearance must be obtained and on file with the Office of Human Resources prior to employee interacting with minors, including interactions using distance education and advising technology.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, under Act 153 requires employees, volunteers and other individuals who interact with minors to obtain three different background certifications:
Act 153 requires that certifications be renewed every 60 months (five years).
All employees are encouraged to obtain clearances.
Clearance are required in at least the following circumstances (please check with your supervisor regarding your position):
No, the background checks are transferable from one employer to another, provided the employee can present the originals.
Clearances currently cost $58.85 for all three.
CCAC currently has no active reimbursement program for clearance reimbursement, though full-time AFT members should refer to their contract Article XXVI regarding reimbursement through the Common Fund for Dues Reimbursement.
Step-by-Step Directions for how to obtain the required clearances are here.
You will present your original clearances as part of your New Employee Pre-Hire Meeting
You must present your original clearances IN PERSON to the Employee Processing Center in the Office of College Services at 800 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. The Office of College Services is the Orange Building across the street from McDonalds. You will be able to park in the adjacent gated lot across from the Wendy's by telling the guard you have an appointment with the Employee Processing Center.
You can set-up an appointment online.
Due to COVID-19, you will be required to be masked before entering the building. Access to the building and the processing center is by prior appointment only and has been set up to promote social distancing.
Please contact Human Resources with any additional questions regarding clearances at HumanResources@ccac.edu, 412.237.3001, or schedule a virtual appointment