Follow these steps to complete the Background Check.

Step 1: Create an account on Make sure to put in your proper name, birthdate, and other information. Entering incorrect information may delay or prevent the background check’s approval. You will need to use this same email address when completing a later step in the process with Sterling Volunteers.

Step 2 (if necessary): Contact your REC Foundation Manager to inform them of your intention to become an Event Partner if you're not one already, and request that Event Partner status be added to your account. If you do not know your REC Foundation Manager, find their contact information here.

Step 3: Once Event Partner status has been added to your account (you'll know it has if you have a button labeled “Admin” in the upper right after you have logged in), go to “My Account.”


Step 4: Once in “My Account,” on the left side you will see 'Background Check' in the menu with a red X next to it. Click on 'Background Check'.


Step 5: After clicking on 'Background Check' you will be prompted to check all of your information and asked to confirm that you agree to have your information sent to Sterling Volunteers. Check the box and click on the blue button to submit.


Step 6: Clicking the blue button to submit your information will take you to the Sterling Volunteers web site with further instructions to complete your background check. If you do not receive an email within 48 hours, please check your email spam filter as it may have been inadvertently flagged.

After the instructions emailed to you from Sterling are complete, the background check process usually clears within a week. When it clears, the red X next to 'Background Check' menu item in “My Account” will change to a green check mark. It will do the same on any events you have in RobotEvents as well. 


That’s it! The background check process is complete and will persist in your account for 2 competition seasons before requiring renewal. All background checks will expire on June 30th of the 2nd season.

Note: Please refer to the Background Check FAQ for additional information. If you have any questions about this process, please email An event cannot be initially approved until the Event Partner and all Event Administrators have completed a background check. The REC Foundation reserves the right to take ownership and/or un-approve an event if the Event Partner and all Event Administrators have not completed a background check within 30 days of the event.