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Accountant License

A certified public accountant license (CPA) is the highest standard of competence for an accountant. A CPA is a certified public accountant who is licensed by a state board of accountancy. To earn a CPA license, you are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting educational standards, passing the CPA exam and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience.

Active Credential Result

The result for an automated Atlas Certified credential verification that successfully located the license or certification which has been matched against the individual or corporation name and has a confirmed “active” status within the Primary Data Source.


An application programming interface (API) is code that allows two software programs to communicate with each other. The API defines the method for a developer to write a program that requests services from an operating system (OS) or other application.

Atlas Health Checks

Atlas Health Checks monitors all certifying organization providers using known active credential data to ensure that results are being accurately returned. In the case that the Atlas Health Checks system detects a failed request for a certifying organization, the verification request will be queued until the issue is resolved to ensure accurate results.

Automated Credential Verification

Automated Credential Verification facilitates compliance through direct digital communication with primary data source certifying organizations, which can include state-level and federal licensures, as well as IT certification providers, and other licensing organizations.


A blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of transactions. Constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks (the most recent transactions) are recorded and added to it in chronological order, it allows market participants to keep track of transactions without central recordkeeping. Each node (a computer connected to the network) gets a copy of the blockchain, which is downloaded automatically.

Certifying Organization

A certifying organization (cert org) is the issuer or administrator of a credential, license or certification. Atlas Certified communicates directly with 225+ certifying organizations to reduce business risk and increase compliance with detailed verification history and screenshots.

Change in Status Notice

Automated, ongoing monitoring by Atlas Certified provides proactive customized alerts of a license or certification status changing from active to expired, which includes disciplinary events or other adverse actions, to ensure accurate, timely and proactive compliance.


Compliance is confirmation that the executor of an action or the manufacturer or supplier of a product, meets the requirements of accepted practices, legislation, prescribed rules and regulations, specified standards or the terms of a contract.

Contractor License

The requirements to apply for a contractor license will vary from state-to-state and also by what type of contractor you are. For example, a plumber in New Jersey will have different requirements than a landscaper in California.

DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)

DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration): The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal agency to enforce controlled substance laws and regulations in the United States. The DEA fights to reduce and control the availability of illicit controlled substances, as well as provide recommendations and support to programs that aim to help reduce illicit controlled substances.

DEA Drug Schedules

DEA Drug Schedules: The DEA has constructed a system of Drug Schedules to classify drugs, substances, and chemicals that are used to make drugs. A drug is classified into one of the Schedules: Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV, and Schedule V. A drug's schedule is determined by the drug's acceptable medical use, and the drug's level of abuse and potential for dependency. A drug's determined abuse level is relied on as the determinate factor, with Schedule I representing the most abused drugs and Schedule V representing the least abused drugs.

Discrepancy Credential Result

The result for an automated Atlas Certified credential verification that successfully located the license or certification but confirmed that the searched name did not match the individual or corporation name on record with the Primary Data Source.

Drug Distribution License

Prescription drugs should only be purchased from wholesale drug distributors licensed in the United States. Each state maintains their own licensing organization. In order to obtain a drug distribution license, a business will need to apply for a license in each state they wish to do business.

Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)

The Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), was enacted by Congress on November 27, 2013. Title II of DQSA, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), outlines steps to build an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed in the United States.

Expired Credential Result

The result for an automated Atlas Certified credential verification that successfully located the license or certification which has been matched against the individual or corporation name and confirmed “expired” status within the Primary Data Source.

FDA (Federal and Drug Administration)

FDA (Federal and Drug Administration): The FDA is responsible for protecting the health of the public by ensuring products are safe and labeled properly. The FDA distributes registrations to food establishments that produce and manufacture safe, wholesome, and sanitary foods and establishments that ensure the safe use, manufacturing, repackaging, and distribution of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and biological products.


FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of broker-dealers. FINRA is not part of the government. This organization is a non-profit authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the broker-dealer industry operates fairly and honestly.

Gig Economy

In a gig economy, temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace, and companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees. A gig economy undermines the traditional economy of full-time workers who rarely change positions and instead focus on a lifetime career. A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers would be independent contractors.

Insurance Adjuster

An insurance adjuster processes, investigates and analyzes damages in order to represent a policyholder or insurance company in transactions or settlements between the parties. The adjuster will determine if damages are covered by the insurance policy and if the company is required to pay the claimant.

Insurance Broker

An insurance broker is an individual who offers, negotiates, and sells insurance policies. He or she acts as intermediary between insurance companies and customers and receives compensation in the form of a commission for the policy guidance and sale.

Insurance Producer

An insurance producer is a licensed salesperson with the ability to sell and negotiate insurance to produce business. Job responsibilities include responding to new requests from potential policyholders and maintaining relationships with current policyholders. Requirements for licensing vary from state to state but usually include completion of course and exam.

MonitorNOW Technology

The MonitorNOW technology is an automated, ongoing monitoring solution by Atlas Certified that provides custom and scheduled verifications of represented credentials for proactive alerts of change in status (i.e. active to expired), revoked, pre-expiration (i.e. 30, 60 or 90 days) and disciplinary/adverse actions to ensure accurate and timely compliance.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is a nationwide organization whose foremost responsibility is to protect the interests of insurance consumers.

Not Found Credential Result

The result for an automated Atlas Certified credential verification that was unable to locate the provided license or certification number with the Primary Data Source.

NPI (National Provider Identifier)

NPI (National Provider Identifier): A National Provider Identifier is a nationwide,10-digit number given to health care provider and used as an identifier in administrative and financial actions. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) distributes NPI numbers to all covered health care providers at the start of their career.

Nurse License

Nursing license requirements vary by state. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing , the minimum requirements for both registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) candidates include graduation, or verification of completion and eligibility for graduation, from a state-approved nursing program; successful completion of the NCLEX examination; self-report any and all criminal convictions, chemical dependencies, and functional ability deficits.

OIG Exclusions List

The Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals/Entities provides information to the health care industry, patients and the public regarding individuals and entities currently excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid and all other Federal health care programs.

Pharmacist License

Each state sets forth their own requirements to obtain a pharmacist license. For example, in New Jersey those seeking a licensure must obtain a minimum of 30 credits of which at least 10 must be obtained through didactic instruction (in-person, telephone, or electronic instruction; but does not include video-taped instruction) and 3 credits shall be obtained in pharmacy law applicable to pharmacy practice in New Jersey. Beginning with the 2019 biennial renewal, pharmacists must complete one credit of CE programs or topics concerning prescription opioid drugs.

Physician License

Physicians license requirements vary by state. When applying for a physician license for the first time, it is important to remember that the entire process takes 12 to 18 months on average. The Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) provides a centralized process for state medical boards to obtain a verified record of a physician’s core medical credentials.

PMI (Project Management Institute)

PMI (Project Management Institute): The Project Management Institute is an organization that provides eight different professional certifications to recognize competency and knowledge within the work place. Obtaining these certifications help to improve success and advance careers. Over 650,000 practitioners worldwide hold the PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. This certification represents competency in the PMI's Project Management profession. Certification holders must apply and pass an exam to obtain their certificate. Other certifications provided by PMI include: Program Management Professional (PgMP), Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), and PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)

Pre-Expiration Notice

Automated, ongoing monitoring by Atlas Certified provides proactive alerts of upcoming expirations (e.g. 30, 60 or 90 days).

Primary Data Source

When conducting research, a primary data source is an original source that documents an event in time, a person, or an idea. Examples of primary sources can include raw data, original research from journal articles, correspondence, photographs, eyewitness accounts, interviews, legal documents, government documents, and public records.

Proactive Notifications

Automated, ongoing monitoring by Atlas Certified provides proactive customized alerts of upcoming expirations (30, 60 or 90 days), change in status (i.e. active to expired) including disciplinary events, adverse action or revoked, to ensure accurate, timely and proactive compliance.

Revocation Notice

Automated, ongoing monitoring by Atlas Certified provides proactive customized alerts of a Primary Data Source unexpectedly changing the expiration of a license or certification, which includes disciplinary events or other adverse actions, to ensure accurate, timely and proactive compliance.

SAM (System for Award Management)

SAM (System for Award Management): is an official website of the government that was built to consolidate the award and acquisition process for doing business with the government.The website streamlines the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS and serves as the government's vendor database.

Series 7

The Series 7 exam, also known as the General Securities Representative Exam, is a test for registered representatives. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority administers the exam. In the United States, stockbrokers take this test to get a license to trade. The Series 7 is a six-hour exam held in two sessions.

State Exclusions List

Currently, 37 states have their own individual databases which list individuals and entities that have been excluded from participating in their State Programs (such as Medicaid) or receiving any state contracts.

State-Level License Verification

"State-Level Licenses" are defined as licenses issued, managed and published online by a state government of the United States. Examples of state-level issued licenses can include contractors, physicians, nurses, insurance agents, accountants, therapists, and pharmacists, to name a few.

Student Loan Default License Suspension

If a borrower has defaulted on his or her federal student loan(s), the federal government can block renewal of professional licenses. This option is usually only used as a last resort after all other attempts to collect on the defaulted loan have failed.

VerifyNOW Results

The advanced technology of VerifyNOW processes millions of data points across verification results, transforming them into searchable criteria (e.g. expired, name discrepancy, revoked, etc.), Cert Org screenshots and summaries that allow our customers to quickly evaluate credential status and make proactive decisions to increase compliance and lower operating risk.

VerifyNOW Technology

VerifyNOW is the automated and centralized credential solution from Atlas Certified. VerifyNOW provides instant and continuous verification of licenses, certifications and skills directly with the primary source Certifying Organization. The Atlas Certified verification results includes the credential holder meta data (e.g. expiration date, specialty, etc.) with screenshot for compliance to replace the inefficient, time consuming, expensive, error-prone, and unreliable process of manual verifications in use today.

Wholesale Drug Distribution License

With the intent to prevent the introduction and retail sale of substandard, ineffective, or counterfeit drugs into the distribution system, state licensing systems moved to update their standards to match those provided federally as guided under the FDA’s Guidelines for State Licensing of Wholesale Prescription Drug Distributors (21 CFR 205).

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